Hamillroad’s technology for flexo scoops awards

Coveris scooped a gold ward using Bellissima DM screening technologyScreening innovator and prepress solution provider, Hamillroad Software (Hamillroad) recently announced that its award winning Bellissima Digitally Modulated (DM) Screening was used in jobs that won five gold and four silver medals. The solution for flexographic printing won these awards at the 2017 EFIA Awards held in Birmingham in the UK. These wins add to the growing collection of awards already received for jobs Bellissima has been used in. These include winning gold at the 2015 Flexographic Print Excellence Awards in South Africa, gold and Best on Show at FlexoTech 2016 and two gold medals and a silver medal at EFIA 2016.

Hamillroad’s CEO Andy Cave says: ‘Seeing Bellissima deployed across various production sites globally and receiving praise and feedback from customers regarding the high quality of the image fidelity is fantastic. Knowing that it has helped them to go on and win gold and silver awards is the icing on the cake. We’d like to congratulate all our customers on their wins at the 2017 EFIA Awards.’

The Coveris Group (Coveris) won a total of six EFIA awards and has been working with Hamillroad as a strategic development partner over the past 12 months.

It secured the below awards at EFIA 2017 using Bellissima DM screening technology:

  • gold for flexo print on film – surface print wide with the Müller Corner Easter edition
  • silver for flexo print on film – surface print wide with the Müller Corner Winter edition

‘We are delighted with our success at the EFIA awards in both our flexible film and paper packaging divisions. These award wins pay testament to our continued dedication and investment in print and colour management technology and training in collaboration with leading industry innovators to produce world-class flexographic print, says Andy Wilson, Coveris’ colour manager.

Digitally modulated screening

Since 2015 Hamillroad’s Bellissima Digitally Modulated Screening (DMS) has been deployed at a small number of sites as part of the product’s initial R&D phase. Despite being in early development and experiencing a few known issues, it was used in jobs that won multiple golds, silvers and Best on Shows at the 2016 South Africa FTA Awards, 2016 EFIA Awards and 2016 FlexoTech Awards.

In the past six to nine months, Bellissima DMS has been fully optimised to work at 4 000 dpi on Esko CDIs using Full-HD. This has completely eliminated the few known issues in previous development versions. It has also produced some significant breakthroughs in the technology, which will be announced in due course. Those improvements were clearly reflected in the more recent 2017 EFIA Awards. Bellissima is now being used in pre-release production testing at a number of strategic locations with some carefully selected development partners to be production validated over the coming months and will become commercially available worldwide later this year.

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