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FLEXO Magazine : August 2011
www.flexography.org august 2011 FLEXO 49 Such presses are built on a common base--the foundation. Real value accrues from the ease by which a printer or con- verter can change printing processes, thanks to “Easy-Load” sleeve-based technology and an open architecture. Benefits of having a uniform press foundation are clear: • Operator interfaces and tooling are the same on every press. • Software, and all spare and OEM parts are the same on every press. • Because the presses on your shop floor are based on this common foundation, all basic functions of the press—un- wind, infeed, converting, diecutting, rewind and control systems—are standard. • You simplify and reduce operator training, thanks largely to what many consider revolutionary sleeve technology. • A Lean production environment is ensured. • Printing technologies can be switched quickly, and em- bellishment modules added easily. In short, the common platform enables you to configure your press to fit every job. Changing from offset to flexo is easy. You simply switch the plate cylinder with an anilox sleeve and the offset blanket sleeve with a flexo plate sleeve. It’s equally easy to change to other printing technologies, all of which capitalize on reduced costs of tooling, computer- aided handling of water balance and inking systems, and the low cost of prepress. THE MODULAR CHOICE Sleeve-based flexo technology is the cornerstone of the concept. In fact, sleeve technology is today ’s competitive tooling. Since the introduction of Nilpeter ’s FA-Line, two years ago, there are now more than 500 such print heads operating worldwide. The common platform concept brings new fea- tures to this and other models, enhancing press performance and making it easier to operate. P2P (Point-to-Point) length and side register systems automatically reduce setup time and waste--drastically. Modularity enables incorporation of value-added processes, such as screen, foiling and gravure printing. Sleeves are a proven technology in the flexo environment. By mirroring expertise from that field with the narrow web offset industry, a printer can open/expand market opportuni- ties. This is because the tooling costs of sleeves, when com- CasLON inkjet unit is built on the sturdy foundation of an in-line flexo press. It handles digital and conventional printing technologies. sleeve-based flexo technology is the cornerstone of the common platform, or DreamLine concept. Nipeter’s Fa pressline exemplifies it and today has close to 2,000 print heads operating worldwide.