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FLEXO Magazine : September 2014
rotec® is a registered trademark and Rely on us.SM is a service mark of Flint Group and/or its affiliates. Flint Group Flexographic Products T +1 704 504 2626 info.ﬂexo@ﬂintgrp.com www.ﬂintgrp.com Get in the fast lane Blazing fast speeds on any press High Speed Sleeve -- 1500 fpm (460 m/min) Hard Sleeve, cushion tape -- 1000 fpm (302 m/min) A WIDER VIEWPOINT My focus has been on narrow web exo presses, but I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that a great many people investing in the new la- bel presses are buying combination units. One or two screen units may be required, and cold or hot foiling needs to follow, or possibly the need to introduce second webs for extended content labeling exists. Factor in inkjet systems for bar coding and consecutive numbering for promo- tional labeling, or possibly a last down gravure unit for metallic ink lay downs. Combination printing requirements point to staying narrower in web width to keep job costs down and providing the operator with a more manageable combination press platform. ere are many reasons for the label printer to stay narrow. e latest in printing press designs allow for continued improvements in setup and changeover times while reducing waste and increasing throughput. New designs and features on the latest label presses can help keep you narrow minded and pro table in operation: • Servo drives located where they are cost e ective/label press owner sees a payback • Drop in plate cylinders/print sleeve technology/have it your way • Impression settings made easier and repeatable with optional electronic servo motor setup • Pre register and auto register---advanced camera systems ne- tune without operator input • Tension control/web and heat management for processing a wide variety of materials • Quicker change ink pans, anilox rolls, doctor rolls and doctor blade assemblies • New ink delivery systems allowing for faster running speeds while insuring proper inking • Job memory and recall for storage of all press settings---includ- ing impression settings • Shorter web paths to reduce materials in the press • Curing and drying systems that can match mechanical running speeds of presses • Rail systems over print units for addition of accessories, allowing for ease of use/repositioning • Quick change die systems allowing for dies to be safely readied while the press is in operation • Automated waste removal systems, freeing production from unnecessary stops • Ease of adding and managing combination printing technologies About the Author: Dennis "Denny" McGee is pres- ident of MPS America, LLC in Brook eld, WI. He served on FTA's Board of Directors and FFTA's Board of Trustees for six years and was inducted into FTA's Hall of Fame in 2005. His experience in exography, notably the narrow web business segment, dates back four decades. McGee has been a frequent contributor to FLEXO®, as well as a recurring speaker at FTA's Annual Forum. SEPTEMBER 2014 | FLEXO 39