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Flexographic Plate Mounting Tapes

Making Every Job Look the Best It Can

You care about your craft: you’re passionate about getting it right and dedicated to making sure every job that comes off your press is a work of art. What sets you apart is that your expertise doesn’t only reside inside your head, but also in the experience of your well-worn hands. Expertise and experience both tell you that in flexographic printing you need plate mounting and printing tape solutions that deliver optimal, consistent and productive quality. Every time. From every angle.


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Easy On and Easy Off – Demounting with Better Results
Check out our "Intact Demounting of Flexographic Plates" article
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    Introducing 3M™ Cushion-Mount™ Pro-Series Plate Mounting Tape with 3M™ Comply™ Adhesive System

    Removing flexographic plates in one undamaged piece lets you reuse rather than remake plates, saving both time and money. 3M™ Cushion-Mount™ L-series and Pro-series mounting tapes are optimized to prevent edge lift, yet flexo plates are up to 78% easier to remove*. In addition, Pro-Series tapes require up to 54% less force for removal from the sleeve**.

    3M™ Cushion-Mount™ Plate Mounting Tapes help your print room be optimal, consistent and productive by offering the industry’s largest range of tape densities, each produced to tight caliper tolerances and engineered to stick firmly with the crosshatch pattern in the adhesive that helps air escape. Then when the print run is over, remove the plate from the tape and the tape from the sleeve with less force to help reduce plate waste, save time and improve operations.

    *Compared to 3M™ Cushion-Mount™ Plus H-Series Plate Mounting Tapes
    **Compared to 3M™ Cushion-Mount™ Plus H-Series, E-Series, & L-Series Plate Mounting Tapes

     

Plate Side Removal

  • Side-by-side images showing flexo plates are easier to remove from 3M™ Cushion-Mount™ Pro Series tape

Sleeve Side Removal

  • Side-by-side images showing 3M™ Cushion-Mount™ Pro Series tape is easier to remove from a sleeve
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Honor the Craft with the 3M Print Quality Advantage

You’ve devoted your career to the craft of flexographic printing. You want more than a supplier, you want a partner who can bring solutions and join you in looking at the bigger picture. 3M flexographic experts are devoted to finding ways to help you honor your commitment to the craft at all stages of the print process.

  • Plate-Mounting

    Plate mounting has to be perfect: it requires concentration and skill to mount the plate and configure cylinders correctly. We help you get it right.

  • On-Press

    During the print run you keep an eye on print quality, with a feel for how the press is running. We help keep each run rolling smoothly.

  • Demounting

    When the run is done demounting becomes the moment of truth. We’ll help reduce the incidence of plate damage and worker fatigue.


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    Optimal

    You need the right flexographic tape for each job whether it’s low density to maximize dot reproduction, high density for a solid color field or something in between. We offer the industry's largest range of tape densities so you can choose the precise one to best fit the needs of the job in hand.

    Learn how we help you find the optimal combination of characteristics for each job from choosing the right density in the plate mounting room to choosing the right adhesive to help with post-press removal.

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    Consistent

    When you pull two samples you want them to look the same. We offer one of the industry’s tightest caliper tolerances so you know your flexographic tape is the same thickness whether it’s from the beginning or the end of the roll – or even a different roll.

    Learn more about how we can help you find consistency, from technologies that help eliminate air bubbles at mounting to adhesives that reduce plate damage at demounting.

  • Worker removing flexographic tape from a cylinder

    Productive

    Air bubbles and edge lift are the enemy, interrupting the run and killing productivity. Our flexographic mounting tapes can help, offering air-release and firm stick so your press keeps running.

    Learn more about how we help improve productivity with adhesive and foam characteristics that help throughout your process, from right-first-time mounting to demounting with less force for reduced plate damage and worker fatigue.

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Evolution of an Industry

As printing keeps changing, we use your insights to inspire our innovations. From speed increases to process improvements that make operations more optimal, consistent and productive, we want to work with you. Let’s partner.


Hard Proof: Printing Resources


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    FTA

    The technical society devoted exclusively to the flexographic printing industry.


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