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FLENEX water-washable plates


Flenex water-washable flexo plate system is new system that provides the highest print quality and productivity, while significantly lowering the cost-in-use compared to thermal, solvent or other water-wash plate technologies.


The key benefits of FLENEX water-washable plates

  • Total platemaking time under 40 minutes
  • Highest flexo quality (up to 175lpi, 1% process dot)
  • More output per shift for class-leading productivity

Technology overview

Flenex photopolymer plates contain a special rubber-based compound that offers a number of inherent advantages over other elastomeric materials from which most other flexo plates are made. In particular, rubber is not oxygen sensitive, which minimises the effect oxygen in the air has on the dot shape and the complexity of the system to eliminate oxygen from the plate production process. The other advantages of a rubber-based plate material include:

  • Reduced dot gain
  • Better ink transfer for cleaner, brighter print results
  • Faster exposure and washout times
  • Much more durable
  • Mild washout with water and dishwasher soap
  • Reduced plate swell


Flenex plates are compatible with leading Flexo LAM CTP devices such as Screen PlateRite FX, Esko CDI and Xeikon ThermoflexX Series as well as with the main water wash processors in the industry.
Both the analogue and digital versions of Flenex can be used with any UV, water-based or solvent-based inks.

High quality print

The Flenex water-washable plate system does far more than simply eliminate the need for solvents and wicking cloths. It delivers longer runs while producing a consistent 175lpi at 4,400 dpi, 1% process dot structure for superb high quality print.

Flat top dot structure

The rubber-based compound means a 1% flat top dot can be achieved without complex systems to eliminate oxygen, and results in lower dot gain. In addition, better ink transfer produces noticeably cleaner and brighter print results.

[Image] Original image
[Image] Solvent plate (round-top-dot) Flenex plate (flat-top-dot)
[Image] The benefits of higher image quality

Higher productivity

Flenex water-washable plates reduce platemaking processing times to less than 40 minutes, 300% faster than leading solvent systems and 1.5 times faster than current thermal and water-wash technologies. Faster platemaking means more time on press and a dramatic increase in output per shift, freeing you to redeploy labour to more value-added activities.

Typical benefits include:

  • Increase in number of plates produced
  • Faster job turnaround
  • Maximise press time
  • Lower labour costs or opportunity to redeploy
[Image] FLENEX

Lower cost-in-use

Because of the simplicity of Flenex plate processing, the expense of higher-cost solvent and thermal processors as well as potential upcharges on associated consumables is avoided. The Flenex system therefore represents the lowest cost in use for the production of flexo plates.
Here is a simple comparison of the costs of solvent and thermal systems:

[Image] Additional costs of solvent systems Additional costs of thermal systems

More durable

Flenex is proven to deliver significant improvements in plate durability and reductions in plate swell, thanks to its unique technology. This means each plate is able to perform longer on press than competitive plates. This increases overall press uptime and results in longer print runs and greater overall profitability.

[Image] Durability
[Image] Plate Swell

Less impact on the environment

The processing of Flenex plates is accomplished with only a mild detergent and typically allows for the residual solution to be treated as waste water after removing a small amount of residual particulate. This particulate can normally be treated as common waste with minimal, if any, environmental impact.* Compare this to the known impact solvents and wicking cloths make on the environment during their life cycle of manufacture, application and disposal, and you’ll see how Flenex is a much more sustainable solution. Not working with solvents is also a huge benefit from a health and safety perspective. In fact the unique low pH level of Flenex provides a safer environment for even those working with other water-wash plates requiring high alkaline cleaning solutions, with no more residual industrial waste.

  • * Local regulations should always be checked to ensure correct disposal

Fujifilm and sustainability

Fujifilm's basic approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is to contribute to the sustainable development of society by putting into practice the Group's Corporate Philosophy: "Our overarching aim is to help enhance the quality of life of people worldwide with leading- edge, proprietary technologies, achieving this vision through sincere and fair business activities." Fujifilm has a long history of responsible and sustainable business development, acknowledged regularly through its inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good global indices, and is proud to publish its results in an annual Sustainability Report.


Main applications Flexible packing, stickers/labels, envelopes, cartons,
paper/plastic bags, varnish coating
Varnish coating
Plate types Analogue plates Digital plates Analogue / digital plates
Support Polyester film 0.125 mm Polyester film 0.125 mm Polyester film 0.250 mm
Thickness 1.14 mm 1.14 mm 0.95 mm
1.70 mm 1.70 mm 1.14 mm
2.54 mm 2.54 mm -
2.84 mm 2.84 mm -
Size* 635 x 762 mm*** 635 x 762 mm
1067 x 1524 mm*4
Hardness (Shore A)**


Ink compatibility Water-based ink Water-based ink Water-based/UV varnish
UV ink UV ink
Solvent ink Solvent ink
Water-based/UV varnish Water-based/UV varnish
  • * The number of sheets per case may vary by product grade. Please contact your Fujifilm representative with any questions
  • ** Fujifilm measurements
  • *** Only available in 2.54 and 2.84 mm thicknesses
  • *4 Only available in 1.14 and 1.70 mm thicknesses
  • *5 S: Soft, M: Medium, H: Hard, V: Varnish