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FLEXO Magazine : August 2010
justing arm design has been replaced by exclusive roll ends which are contained within the plate cylinder assembly. To set the gross impression position, the operator simply lowers the plate cylinder into the station and locks it in place. The unique geometry of the plate cylinder/print station design automati- cally places the cylinder in the correct position. If the previous job utilized the same substrate, then little to no impression adjustment will have to be made—even if the repeat size is different. This again is made possible by the advanced design of the print station. The elimination of large impression adjustments saves significant time. Plus, the impression setting is equipped with a reference point that can be documented and used to quickly set up the job the next time it is run. See the above tables demonstrating how these critical press upgrades have significantly improved setup time for in- line flexo presses. Assuming these setup times for a standard four-color job and adding in time to set registration at each station, the total time saved for job setup is more than 70 per- cent over conventional press technology! Benefits of new Press technology We have illustrated how the improvements in print station design have contributed to significant savings in setup time. Additional benefits as a result of these new designs include improved ease of use, and more consistent quality. And while August2010_mech.indd 70 8/13/10 9:29 AM
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