The Mechanics

Anyone who can read a photodensitometer can learn to operate a Perfect Proofing system in about an hour. Click here for a 6 minute video that demonstrates the process for proofing halftone and how Dot Gain Technology can impact your plant’s efficiency.

Plates mount on the proofing head just like they do on the press. After only a few tries, most technicians are comfortable with how the stickyback and photopolymer plate wrap on the cylinder.

Beyond that, it’s just a matter of familiarising one’s self with how the micrometer settings affect alignment and nip. To load the substrate, just tape the leading edge to the take-up spool. The gauge reads in m/min, so dialing in a speed is simple. Loading the appriopriate amount of ink on the anilox is the last significant operational issue.

The following inks and substrates can be applied to the Perfect Proofer:

  • Inks: water-based, solvent-based and UV curing inks
  • Substrates: coated, uncoated, adhesive-backed, poly