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FLEXO Magazine : June 2012
2008 and now stands at 50.8 percent, compared with 44.4 percent four years ago. drupa is clearly the decision-makers' trade fair and the trade fair for business." With more than 190,000 foreign visitors, the international focus of drupa is easily seen. According to Dornscheidt, India, with 15,000 delegates, ranks as the second largest visitor na- tion after Germany 's 123,000 visitors. Following behind these two in the country ranking are: Belgium, France, the Nether- lands, Great Britain, the U.S., Switzerland and Italy. The press contingent also speaks to drupa's global footprint. Some 2,400 journalists from 75 nations filed reports. Assessing the situation, Jim Harvey, executive director, CIP4, said, "You can get more done in one day at drupa than in a month at the office ...It's nice to see the smiles on the faces of both printers and vendors here at drupa and sense a positive attitude about the industry." Innovations were described as "transformative." The event was deemed "extraordinary." Solutions to create higher value printed product for clients were embraced. Catalysts for change were identified. Next generation machinery and sys- tems emphasized productivity and stressed efficiency. Process integration was the focus and communication between all play- ers in the packaging supply chain was pointed to as critical. Highlights of developments in the press, prepress, and press accessories arenas follow. They are presented in digest format. PRESSES KYMC launched an in-line flexo press after successful installation trials last year with multinational food packag- ing company Tetra Pak. The Moduflex was described as a modular servo-driven, electronic line-shaft press that provides fast register set-up and tight register tolerances vertically or horizontally in-line, with either multiple printing and convert- ing machinery or roll-to-roll. The press web width ranges from 600 mm to 2 meters wide for mid and wide web applications. The modular configuration can be paired to options including flexo, gravure, offset stations, plus bag/pouch and rotary or flatbed die-cutting. Windmoeller & Hoelscher introduced the new MIRAFLEX CL as a 10-color press running at speeds of 600 m/min. This new machine, like the MIRAFLEX CL 8, was designed for wide-web flexible packaging. The MIRAFLEX CL 10 address- es the needs of the steadily growing wide-web package print- ing market with a maximum repeat length of 1.130 mm (44 in.). It is equipped with the high-performance drive technology and highly efficient between color deck and bridge drying systems, as well as the new generation TURBOCLEAN inking and wash-up system that was launched at drupa. With VISTAFLEX CL 8, W&H presented a model, shown at its nearby headquarters, from its top-of-the-line high-speed wide-web program. The eight-color machine was equipped with the VISTA-PORT robot handling system that enables fully automatic, fast and safe cylinder and roller changeovers. The system fulfils two basic functions: It allows anilox rolls, plate cylinders and sleeves to be changed on the press in no time, while at the same time being capable of handling large-width heavy-weight cylinders and sleeves for wide-web applica- tions. W&H maintained that with job change times of about 5 minutes, VISTAFLEX is the fastest running wide-web CI flexo press currently available in the marketplace. Gallus featured the ICS 670, which included a gravure printing unit in live demonstrations of the in-line system. Designed to accommodate a maximum printing width of 670 mm, it is modular in design and is available with mono or non-stop material winding. The Gallus ICS 670 attains speeds of up to 220 meters per minute with die-cutting of 350 meters per minute with roll-to-roll production. Comexi Group's F2 is the company 's newly-released flexographic press that was said to be a model of efficiency in the sustainable printing of flexible packaging. Comexi and BASF demonstrated the sector's move toward solvent- free printing with the COMEXI FLEXO F2. The press adapted the latest water-based ink technology with BASF resins to flexographic printing, thus offering enhanced sustainabil- ity and reduced cost, yet maintaining a high level of print quality and printability. BASF also presented solutions for water-based printing inks, adhesives for lamination and biodegradable packaging materials. COMEXI OFFSET is a new product based on a CI drum and focused on the flexible packaging market on films. It targets added productivity, decreased ecological impact (thanks to the solvent-less EB offset inks), greater energy efficiency and lower costs per square meter. Bobst's all new 20SIX offers a compact, rigid frame with anti-vibration properties and a CI drum that can control the temperature of face and side plates. Ergonomic and easy to operate, the 20SIX features improved procedures for more effective set-up, monitoring and maintenance. As a result, throughput is high, waste is minimized and profitability on short, medium and high runs is greater. Maximum speeds range from 1,300 to 2,000 fpm and the machine can be config- ured in eight or 10-colors. A complementary smartCol off-line proofer, designed to facilitate color matching, waste elimina- tion and press uptime, captured a great deal of attention and served to generate noticeable conversation. Tresu unveiled its Flexo Innovator Series concept -- a wide web printing and multi-process finishing concept for folding carton, metallic substrates, paper, laminate and film. The press is modular in design for maximum flexibility. It can be configured with any number of flexo units and specially con- figured hot air drying/curing units. It accommodates all ink types and comes in three widths---the FI 900 (900 mm), FI1100 (1,100mm) and FI 1300 (1,300 mm). With an open platform, it can be custom fitted for cold foil, laminating, or embossing. Flexotecnica's new EVO-XG press can run at speeds of up to 600 mpm and accommodate web widths of up to 50-in. It features new generation doctor blades with a pipeless system, wireless press control consoles and high efficiency drying systems. Efficiency, print quality and eco-sustainability are at the heart of its design. It is equipped with a new auto-registration system (A.I.F.), which serves to significantly reduce waste because any reference spot on the screen can be changed during set-up without having to reset the system. Uteco's new Crystal 808 press deployed the firm's Flex- oSmartPack platform for improved profitability in flexography. 50 FLEXO JUNE 2012 www.flexography.org