Over the coming weeks I will be writing a great deal about my last two days in Chicago. Kevin Kocher of MacDermid Printing Solutions (offset blanket manufacturer) invited me to a press trial of their new Stabil-X blanket. So, right about now if I was one of my readers I would be thinking how exciting can an off-set blanket be? In a word this blanket is cool. It truly is the first revolutionary technology change in blankets in decades. In short this blanket is a patented combination of a polymer backing (instead of fabric) with Kevlar fibers running through it as well as synthetic fibers to replace the nitrile rubber and cotton.
We took a great deal of measurements during this trial, and while I have not had time to fully review the data I can tell you that this blanket printed better. Better being lower dot gain at the same density levels as conventional blankets, a smoother shaped TVI curve than traditional blankets, and most importantly less density and dot gain variation in sequential pulls.
Over the coming weeks I will be including both numeric and graphical results of this test, showing how we utilized ColorMetrix to confirm the visual results with objective factual data.