Rhode Island-based Admiral Packaging achieves accreditation under Esko XPS Crystal certification program for its in-house plate production processes; certification ensures best-in-class plate making processes, including predictable, accurate plate relief

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island , September 28, 2022 (press release) –


Pictured left to right; Steve Dixon, Rob Thorn, Robert Hummell, and Kate Sheriff

A fourth generation, privately owned and operated, manufacturer of flexible packaging, Admiral Packaging, Inc. achieved Esko’s XPS Crystal certification for their in-house plate production processes in late August 2022.  The certification program ensures that best-in-class plate making processes are being followed including predictable and accurate plate relief, highest plate making consistency, and overall high plate quality.  In line with Admiral’s LEAN manufacturing initiatives, the XPS Crystal exposing unit offers a perfect, consolidated flexo platemaking workflow and excels in efficiency by reducing manual steps, errors, and operator time.  With synchronized main and back UV LED exposure, the XPS Crystal provides repeatable, consistent flexo plate quality.

“Admiral’s accreditation under the Esko XPS Crystal Certification program ensures that our plate production processes remain consistent, and the quality of the final print meets our high standards run after run.” Says Robert Hummell, Plant Manager

Installed in 2020, the Esko XPS Crystal unit uses a narrow array of LED to output high intensity UV light to create HD Flexo plates.  The technology creates highlight dots that are more uniform and well defined across the plate which produces a more uniform, high quality, HD flexographic plate.  Customers benefit with the smoother, sharper images which include expanded tonal range, bright impactful solids, and a wider color gamut.  HD Flexo creates a textured surface on the flexo plate to improve ink lay-down and increase ink density on the final print.  The result is image richness and contrast and is especially helpful for brand colors and for white and spot color printing.

As Harley Frank, President of Admiral Packaging states, “I am proud of the Admiral team of Steve Dixon, Kate Sheriff, Rob Thorn, and Robert Hummell for receiving the accreditation under the Esko XPS Crystal Certification program.  The certification ensures that Admiral is continuing with their best-in-class plate making processes and reaffirms our commitment to provide our customers with high quality flexible packaging.”

About Admiral Packaging, Inc.

Founded in 1898 and headquartered in Providence, RI, Admiral Packaging has been a consistent leader in the packaging industry with inhouse prepress, printing, laminating, and converting.  A fourth generation privately owned and operated company, Admiral is a BRCGS certificated company operating with a strong adherence to LEAN manufacturing principles and has built on its rich legacy of customer focused service, just in time delivery and quality.  In 2020, Admiral proudly launched Admiral GreenVantage.  A holistic approach to finding the solutions that best suit the sustainability goals and overall requirements of the companies that we partner with, Admiral GreenVantage includes a line of sustainable packaging options as well as LCA studies to quantify the environmental impact of sustainable packaging options.  Working with Admiral Packaging, you can expect a well-engineered solution to meet your packaging needs.

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