Home' FLEXO Magazine : August 2015 Contents MPS’ Solid lock for print cylinders ensures they are always automat-
ically positioned, independent from repeat size, to the same position
related to anilox roller and impression cylinder.
Crisp.Dot stabilizes register by adding a free running impression roll-
er, preventing friction in the printing process, so higher print quality
is achieved and less errors occur.
iSet intelligent pressure settings use geometrics, based on the principle
that pressure settings of the impression cylinder, print cylinder and
anilox roller are not influencing each other.
At print stations
equipped with UV
driers, the operator can
use iStop technology.
The machine will stop
while both the print
cylinder and the anilox
roller stay in printing
position. At machine
start, the print units
printing, without any
iControl is MPS’ in-
telligent hardware and
software for press control and operator communication, positioned at
each print station for local control and at the end of the machine for
Auto Teach technology teaches the press the web path that is used for
the job and APC (Automated Print Control) is accurately controlled
by maintenance free servo positioning motors.
Nilpeter says it can provide automation at various levels to fit any
market needs. Its press widths range from 10-in. to 26-in., with full
printing and converting solutions.
The company’s FB platform has 1,000 installations worldwide and is a
workhorse of performance. “The FB-3 is our dual axis servo with total
job recall capabilities, allowing all previous runs to be recalled and
set up with the push of a button,” Nilpeter states. “The FA-4* offers
the highest level of narrow web automation in a gearless plate sleeve
design, delivering total clean hand technology.”
Nilpeter FA-4* CLEANINKING systems, along with the quick change
plate sleeves, offer converters the ideal package for quicker makeread-
ies and faster changeovers. These features improve efficiencies and
reduce associated waste. The Powerlink Control System works with
the automation to ensure consistent and repeatable reproduction by
saving all critical production parameters. The FA-4* also has many
value added offerings that include the FP-4 flatbed for hot foil and
embossing, the Nilscreen rotary screen as well as the G-4 gravure unit.
Omet’s iFlex printing press for labels supports medium to large label
converters whose needs are to produce—in one pass—large amounts
of standard labels with JIT deliveries and decrease process wastage.
Several innovations characterize iFlex, all aiming at simplifying the
printer’s work in reaching the highest quality. Servo assisted preregis-
ter and iLight register settings support speed up machine setup (one
minute to set eight flexo units) and rebooting after each job change.
Short web paths support additional savings. Impression rollers feature
Direct Drive, with obvious benefits on print quality and waste savings.
Varyflex V2 narrow and mid web multiprocess platform lines extend
the range of existing printing methods to all currently available com-
mercial technologies, including offset and digital.
It offers a wide range of
printing and finishing
technologies. UV, water
or solvent based flexo
can be easily combined
with hot or cold foil.
The Omet Varyflex V2
Carton is a special ver-
sion design dedicated
to inline carton printing
and converting. It is
ideal for food, tobacco,
fast moving consumer
goods and cosmetic
Varyflex V2 Offset extends the advantages of Varyflex V2 printing
presses (multiprocess approach, modularity, flexibility in configura-
tion and reconfiguration, servo and gearless operation, ergonomics)
through the addition of a powerful offset print unit for the printing
of flexible packaging, multilayer films, labels, carton and special
Many converters strive to expand their product offering into specialty
markets with flexo in combination with several value adding process-
es, according to Nilpeter. This is most evident when servicing the wine
and spirits, health and beauty, and high value added label markets.
The company sums it up by saying that “Converters are looking for a
faster, more innovative and cost effective solution. The flexo process is
still the most productive inline solution when you take into account
the wide range of materials and substrates you can convert. Having the
ability to print on multiple substrates with full inline converting and
decorative applications reduces waste, downtime, material movement
and promotes a more productive and safer working environment.”
Flexo is a flexible process, Nilpeter concludes, with open architecture
machine designs allowing press manufacturers to capture new markets.
The quality of flexo printing and working by the numbers in controlling
variables have taken the entire process to new heights, which are hard
to obtain by any other printing and converting method. ■
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