| NPP Cushion Core.
New Printing Plate Technology
Improves Print Quality
NPP has engineered a new printing plate technology
called Cushion Core that will improve the print quality of
direct-printed corrugated graphics regardless
of the press you are using.
The revolutionary technology, called Cushion
Core, is a compressible photopolymer printing plate.
It incorporates a specially designed compressible material within
the plate. The difference is that it has no barrier between the
photopolymer and compressible cushion components, allowing the cushion
to easily compress to account for print impression loads without
distorting the image area of the photopolymer or affecting any surrounding
In short, Cushion
Core was engineered to make you a better printer.
Without upgrading your equipment
or incurring any additional costs, Cushion
Core can help you and your printing team significantly
improve overall print quality. Specifically, it improves print quality
in three ways:
- It will help you achieve higher printed ink densities
in solid coverage graphic areas while simultaneously maintaining
the clarity of fine details, small positive and reversed type,
scannable bar codes, and halftones in the same plate.
- It reduces halftone dot gains in highlight and
- It minimizes the appearance of printed flute lines
in graphic images.
History teaches us that advances like this come with
an associated cost increase that you need to pass on to your customer.
But in spite of all its advantages, this new technology will actually
help you reduce costs.
is priced competitively to conventional
photopolymer printing plates and is typically less
expensive when compared to thin polymer plates mounted on
compressible carrier materials. It also helps your team increase
productivity by improving production press
speeds, reducing wash-up requirements and minimizing board
crush during printing. And unlike other printing plates, Cushion
Core does not require special
storage, handling or cleaning.
Durability is enhanced due to significant
recent advancements in laminating technology. It provides
superior structure bonding between the plate component materials,
extending the plate life of Cushion Core
and improving long-term printing performance.
While Cushion Core
is new to the market, it certainly is not an experiment.
With years of research, development and testing behind this product,
it is proven effective in real-world applications
where quality was critical. It will deliver the same results
for you and your clients when you use it in your production environment.
plates are also an ideal solution for magnetic
- Accurate caliper and dimensionally stable
- 0.125" to 0.250" thickness range
- Maximum size: 52" x 80"
Based in Indianapolis, NPP Packaging Graphics
Specialists has more than 45 years of experience in the flexographic
reproduction industry, providing graphics, digital prepress solutions
and printing plates for packaging.