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FLEXO Magazine : June 2012
ness of Twinlock can be done many times, for several years. As long as the surface is clean, the adhesion is there. Plates can be removed cleanly and easily without the risk of damage. FLEXO WASH’s Sleeve Washer SL 6V is especially devel- oped to clean laser engraved sleeves and plates still mounted on sleeves. It is created to wash all types of inks and designed for environmentally friendly cleaning liquids. Rubber coated cones make it possible to wash various sleeve diameters in the same unit. And the soft brushes insure a very gentle cleaning of the print sleeves. The company ’s FW 2000 PLC Anilox and Gravure Roll Cleaner was developed to deep clean cells quickly and effectively, without any wear and tear and without leaving any residual inks. It works with environ- mental friendly cleaning liquid made especially for deep cleaning of anilox rolls with all ink types. The machine exhib- ited at drupa was equipped with brushes for shaft ends and for cleaning of roll surface and a new PLC control system. Advanced Vision Technology, Ltd (AVT) launched an exciting range of new products at drupa 2012, using the latest web inspection technology to focus on improving print quality. Spearheading the new technology is AVT’s on-press, in-line spectral measurement – SpectraLab, which automatically measures colors by sampling user-defined points on the print image and provides ISO compliant on-line L*a*b* color val- ues that match those made off-line. It is available on several offerings: PrintVision/Argus Elite, PrintVision/Jupiter PrintVi- sion/Apollo and PrintVision/Helios II. Sys Tec Converting approached drupa delegates with a start to end-game plan that incorporated its plate mounting machines, automatic tape mounting dispenser and demount- er. A virtual image system is at the core of the wide web and narrow web plate mounters. It controls camera patterns for overlay simulation and virtual print proof with different zoom values. Small details in plate overlay can be checked. It’s also possible to save jobs through a self-learning system. Software guides operators in automatic mounting of a plate sequence. The SYS-AUTOTAPER allows an operator to set the number of lanes and position on the sleeve. Taping is controlled by the machine—off-line and not integrated into the mounting ma- chine. Similarly, the DEMOUNTER removes both plates and tape from the sleeves, replacing the need for an operator. Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. released its new CW tech- nology platform and introduced the next generation of more compact film slitting solutions in web widths from 2.5 to 10.4 m (98 – 410 in.). They deliver higher efficiency, increased produc- tivity and reliability, higher quality rewind reels, reduced noise levels and more effective, operator-friendly control systems. Running speed of up to 1,500 m/min. (4,920 ft./min.) is attain- able and the units offer more precise web tension control. Titan’s SR9-DT (Dual Turret) rewinder was positioned as providing unsurpassed levels of slitting productivity, design modularity and rewind reel quality. New features include re- duced power consumption and enhancements in sustainabil- ity showing respect for the environment. The Linear Tracking Slitter (LTS) section ensures the shortest and a constant web length between the knives and the rewind shafts for improved web control, giving the highest possible side wall quality of rewind reels at speeds of up to 1,000 m/min (3,300 ft./min.). BASF highlighted its sustainable approach to converting by presenting its solutions for water-based printing inks, lamina- tion adhesives and biodegradable films. The firm introduced the water based Joncryl® FLX line that was developed to fulfill the needs of converters involved in printing non-absorbing substrates like PE, OPP and PET. Other sustainable solutions from BASF to the flexible packaging industry are Ecovio, a biodegradable and compostable film that partly consists of renewable raw materials, and Epotal Eco, a water-based biodegradable lamination adhesive. Schober USA featured its latest innovation at drupa--high- speed robotic technology for stacking and counting long and complex runs of in-mold labeling products processed on RSM rotary cutting machinery. The firm claims the system is ideal for challenging IML designs and says the new introduction complements the proven RSM product line. BST International GmbH presented the in-line spectral measurement system QCenter Spectral. It can obtain both reliable in-line and off-line data on specified colors over the entire print production. Due to the close development partnership with X-Rite the results of in-line measurement and measurement with stationary handhelds are comparable for the first time. The company claimed that this will set a new industrial standard for color quality control and workflow sim- plification. QCenter is a sophisticated, modular product line for centralized control of numerous features: BST integrated functions such as web inspection and 100 percent inspec- tion, on a platform. Via the intuitive touch screen interface, the operator controls any actions such as color measurement, zooming, selection of image details and monitoring of the entire web width. QCenter features the one-to-one display of the complete repeat in high resolution HDTV quality. apex coined the term “FlexoKitchen” as it spoke to new product offerings that are appetizing to print production and financial tastes alike. First, it noted that a “Flexo(R)evolution” has begun now that high-definition, extreme-quality process- color package and label printing are mainstream options made possible by apex’s GTT (genetic transfer technology) ink-metering cylinders. Leading ink, plate, and software sup- pliers to the flexo industry joined with apex to create a flexo Pantone® simulation guide for release at drupa, which the company said proved that GTT delivers an enhanced color gamut and long-run consistency with less cleanup. Flexog- raphers were also offered a peek at apex’s X-Sleeve project: next-generation lightweight and durable plate-mounting and bridge sleeves. Finally, a BioClean anilox cleaning and main- tenance package incorporated earth-friendly anilox (and GTT) sanitizing solutions. n 58 FLEXO june 2012 www.flexography.org drupa 2016 | June 2-15