Home' FLEXO Magazine : August 2015 Contents ture, pressure, speed, etc.— must be highly automated, in order to
reduce the possibility of error, promote the replicability of jobs and
maintain the best working conditions.
The combination inline of different technologies for printing, convert-
ing and finishing, all in one pass, has alleviated the need for offline re
working, saving time, personnel and energy, not to mention the space
needed to accommodate multiple machines, says Omet.
“Hybrid presses accept any job, from the simplest to the most complex,
capable as they are to adapt quickly to the next job specifications,” the
company says, noting that things like specialty graphics, handling of
difficult substrates, lamination and hot foiling are “easy tasks.”
Mark Andy states that combination printing is in high demand from
flexo converters in North America and the rest of the world: “Flexi-
bility is key to success for the future of converters. Having the right
interchangeable technology in place allows a converter to respond to a
variety of demands from buyers.”
ALTERNATIVE TO DIGITAL
According to Nilpeter, with 60 percent of the world’s packaging
being done flexo, press manufacturers are providing a wide range of
machines to fill all sorts of needs. And with the overall flexo market
continuing to grow 4 percent to 5 percent annually, taking market
share from gravure and offset, as well as capturing new markets, it will
continue to attract attention from manufacturers.
“Digital is making ground on short run work, but is still a comple-
mentary process,” Nilpeter admits. “Digital is a maturing process and
will be for the foreseeable future. It will continue to grow, with 40
percent of narrow web converters looking to invest into some level of
Narrow web press manufacturers point out a few distinguishing fea-
tures of their brands and lines:
GIDUE’s Digital Flexo Excellence is a system of technologies devel-
oped to “digitize” and “automate” the workflow, setup and run of a
flexo press for labels and packaging. Process consistency, efficiency
and cost reduction are its objectives.
On the GIDUE printing and converting sections, servo motors and
digital HD cameras substitute the eyes and fingers of the operator
with digital counterparts. The wide, 17-in. M5 GIDUE UV flexo
press contains all aspects of the Excellence Technology: ExcelPrint,
ExcelDie and ExcelCut for the automatic “non stop” exchange of print
cylinders, magnetic cylinders and flexible dies.
The drop and lock print cylinder component in Mark Andy’s
Performance Series has a synchronized pneumatic design with self
locating reference discs which lock the print cylinder into place at
the touch of a button, setting impression instantly. Pre and re register
systems ensure consistency, and the comfortable working height and
open design of the print station ensure operators are able to manage
components and view print as it advances through the press. The rail
system integrated into the design of the press allows for a variety of
processes, including hot foil, cold foil, screen, gravure, embossing and
laminating, to be easily integrated into a print job.
ProVIEW provides the ability to integrate and analyze all of the com-
ponents of the press with virtually any added function or process op-
tion. From primary press operator tools and performance indicators
to drying and curing systems, to onboard inspection devices, added
decoration and job management tools, it can manage and analyze all
inputs, improve processes and better plan for future opportunities.
QCDC (Quick Change Die Cut) has notoriously been a slower paced
function on an inline press, as print station speeds have continued
to improve over recent years. Designed to streamline the diecutting
process and eliminate the bottleneck at the diecutting module, QCDC
uses automation to eliminate manual steps during the loading and
“When you blend different
technologies, the control over
processes must be total.
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