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FLEXO Magazine : January 2012
Technologies & Techniques Driving Continuous Improvement g.i.M.® exhibits unequivocal Commitment to increased Productivity In the last 15 years, consumers have changed their be- havior toward and preferences for packaging products. Higher numbers of working family members with less time to prepare food at home, coupled with the growing demand for self-serve portions, brings an increasing need for more diversity in packaging and a requirement that all product of- ferings display high-quality standards. As a result, companies must adapt a mindset for quick change in the appearance and image of the packaging. Em- phasis is on short runs. Special attention is being directed to reducing costs, trimming waste and speeding delivery times. Flexography is the ideal printing technology to meet these expectations. Today, it’s succeeding in cementing its reputa- tion for reliability, while minimizing both the environmental impact and the energy consumption levels associated with the print production process. Partnering with its converter customers, Uteco has moved out to facilitate a reduction in changeover times and improve- ment in the eco-compatibility of printing presses. Recent innovations, like Kiss&Go® and SmartMatch®, are driving continuous improvement of the system and the introduction of the General Image Management G.I.M .® system. START UP Kiss&Go® performs automatic set-up of the printing pres- sures at the start-up of every new job. It works directly by reading the printed color on the substrate, using any type of printing sleeve and anilox sleeve, without the need of printed marks. It assists in attaining final target adjustment with high accuracy and constancy, regardless of the operator’s capabili- ties. Consequently, material waste is considerably reduced, in comparison to manual printing pressure adjustment. TECHNOLOGY TO WATCH Uteco‘s General Image Management (G.I .M .®), SmartMatch®, Kiss & Go® • Introduction Date: 2011 • Benefits: Quick changeover, reduced costs, trimmed waste, enhanced delivery time • Impact: Simplifies management and maintenance of peripheral equipment inventories • Experience: Improved accuracy and consistency regardless of operator’s skill level • Partners: Grafikontrol, Sun Chemical, X-Rite, Ink- maker • Watch for: Integration of production process with transfer of data to optimize print results 24 FLeXO january 2012 www.flexography.org 4 3 2 THE KISS & GO® PERFORMS THE AUTOMATIC SET-UP OF THE PRINTING PRESSURES AT THE START UP OF EVERY NEW JOB. THIS IS A UNIQUE SYSTEM AS IT CAN READ DIRECTLY THE PRINTED COLOUR ON THE SUBSTRATE AND ALLOWS TO ACHIEVE THE FOLLOWING RESULTS: UTECO Kiss & Go® (Patent Pending) 1 Reducing the material waste, unavoidable when carrying out the printing pressures manually. The average waste is of about 12 meters per each colour unit. Possibility to use any type of printing plate since the system does not need any kind of reference printing marks for the analysis of the printed colour and the control is executed on all the printed width. Possibility to use every kind of printing sleeve and anilox sleeve without any restriction or modification. Reaching the printing pressure’s final target with high accuracy and constancy, independent of the operator capabilities (fixing a univocal standard of quantity and regulation). Genetic Innovation in Converting Kiss & Go® device w ww.uteco.com The system is composed by a compact reading unit which is installed just after the last printing station on the central drum and by a processing unit. Machine supervisor touch screen (HMI)