CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM – Aniken Graphics, a joint venture between Hamillroad Software, a UK based prepress software company, and Apex International, a global leader of anilox and metering products, has today announced that Precision Printing Plates Ltd (PPP), is one of two approved trade shops for Bellissima DMS in the UK market.
Nick Harvey, managing director of Aniken Graphics International, said, 'We're very pleased to have Precision Printing Plates Ltd. on board. We have aligned ourselves with trade shops who are committed to providing their customers, brands, and converters with the very best flexo technologies.'
Precision Printing Plates Ltd. (PPP) is one of Europe’s leading providers of pre-press solutions, photopolymer plates and ITR sleeves. As a family-owned and run business for nearly 60 years, where the third generation of the family are now learning the business from the ground up, PPP prides itself on its forward-thinking and innovative approach when providing services to clients that include some of the largest and most prominent flexible packaging printers, brands, and retailers throughout the world.
The Manchester-based company currently employs over 60 staff, all of whom are dedicated to providing excellence in every aspect of their role, which currently range from design, through repro, to the highest quality conventional, HD and Ultra HD plates and sleeves, and every member of the team has played their part in offering the complete range of services ‘under one roof’.
PPP’s reputation for outstanding quality continues to grow with the addition of Bellissima DMS, putting them at the top of the list for the very best in flexographic prepress solutions.
“We have always considered ourselves innovators in our field and we're very enthusiastic about the partnership. The Bellissima technology will be a powerful tool that we can use to deliver continuous precision and quality” commented Craig Swift, Chairman at Precision Printing Plates Ltd.
Precision Printing Plates Ltd. is among a handful of trade shops who are involved in the Phase One roll-out of Bellissima DMS.
"To maximize everyone's success, Phase One sales of Bellissima DMS involve the use of Apex GTT aniloxes, and MacDermid or DuPont plates. We know that this proven technology solution works 'out of the box.'” Harvey concludes.
Printers wishing to test the technology can enquire via the dedicated www.bellissimadms.com website. Alternatively, they can contact their local Apex sales representatives or the trade shops for their specific regions.
Using Bellissima, high-quality prints equivalent to 350-450 lpi are produced with unrivaled image reproduction and no color shifts on misregistration. Utilizing fixed palette inks the screening delivers smooth flat tints and moiré free prints. Vignettes fade smoothly to nothing enabled by printed highlight dots as low as 1.0% and shadow dots up to 99.5%.
Working optimally at 4,000 dpi, the patented screening includes features such as 100% solid surface patterning options and solid object protection. Printing press issues including bounce, barring and slur are all reduced significantly, and in some cases, eliminated. Bellissima DMS also delivers on ink savings, which can be augmented by GCR based software, improves the efficiency of the press room, and utilizes existing printing press equipment.
Phase One sales of Bellissima DMS includes trade shops, converters and flexographic printers currently using Apex GTT anilox rolls and sleeves together with MacDermid Graphics Solutions’ LUX® ITP™ 60 or DuPont’s EFX plates.
To learn more about the benefits of Bellissima DMS and to register your interest please visit www.bellissimadms.com.
Pictured above: L-R, Mike Ball - Customer Services Manager, Max Swift - Business Trainee and Phil Gibbons - Technical Development Manager.
About Aniken Graphics International
Aniken Graphics International is a joint venture between Apex International, a global anilox and metering solutions provider, and Hamillroad Software Limited, a UK based software company specializing in pre-press solutions. The joint venture has been created to bring Bellissima Digitally Modulated Screening into the mainstream flexographic market. www.anikengraphics.com
Hamillroad Software is a global supplier of software solutions for the prepress industry. Hamillroad solutions help customers save time and money during all stages of the printing process while also improving the final printed image fidelity.
Hamillroad Software specializes in Digitally Modulated Screening which provides unparalleled screening technology for Lithographic (Auraia DMS) and Flexographic (Bellissima DMS) printing.
The FirstPROOF solution allows users to simulate errors which may occur on press before plates have been made. It helps users save valuable time and money during the pre-press process.
In addition, their Lightning Plugins work with the Harlequin RIP to improve the output speed of TIFF, PDF or LEN files by up to 4-10x or more, making the prepress screening (RIP output) process faster and more efficient.
Hamillroad Software is headquartered in Cambridge, UK and partners with resellers and OEMs worldwide to distribute and sell their solutions. For more information on Hamillroad and its products, please visit their website at www.hamillroad.com
Apex International is a global leader of anilox, glue set, and metering products and print maintenance solutions. With 5 production facilities on 4 continents, a strong portfolio of clients in over 80 countries and a highperformance continuous improvement culture, Apex’s value proposition is founded on developing solutions to satisfy the complex challenges our customers face every day. www.aianilox.com
Founded in 1961 and still owned by the same family. Passion, innovation and commitment has resulted in PPP being the first to deliver many of the industry technologies to their clients. Which in turn has made PPP one of the largest independent polymer plate manufacture in the UK and one of the largest producers of polymer sleeves in Europe. Learn more at www.ppp-fusion.co.uk