MELBOURNE’S White & Gillespie has become the first Creo ThermoFlex Wide II installation in Australia and New Zealand.
With a reputation as one of the finest suppliers of specialist packaging prepress in Australasia, White & Gillespie was founded in 1910, and prides itself on the use of cutting edge technologies, according to CEO Geoff White.
“After weighing up all the issues it became obvious to us that the Creo unit provided the best foundation for quality flexographic plate manufacture,” White said.
When shopping for a direct-to-plate solution for the packaging industry, the company’s principals had thoroughly researched the technologies of all the major flexographic imaging technology manufacturers. While visiting Vancouver, they were fully convinced after speaking with Creo founder Dan Gelbart.
“Dan’s technical knowledge in the area of lasers is amazing, and he was able to iron out any concerns that we had. After fully explaining the technology, it was clear that only Creo offered us the tools to be successful,” White said.
White & Gillespie chose the ThermoFlex Wide II because it fully met their needs: industry-leading productivity, consistent imaging times between plates of different thickness, fastest sleeve-imaging currently available and increased process control.
“The ThermoFlex solution offers decreased plate loading/unloading time, and allows the operator to image multiple plates at the same time since it is not necessary to mask the unused area of the drum. As well, platemaking productivity is not sacrificed on thicker flexographic plates. The ThermoFlex provides the fastest sleeve-imaging currently available, imaging sleeves, as well as plates and film, and features semi-automatic changeovers from sleeve imaging to plate imaging.
“In addition, its slow drum rotation prevents vibration and balance problems, and such resulting issues as print artefacts, plate fly-off and reduced imaging consistency,” he said. Creo Australia (02 9879 4744).