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FLEXO Magazine : March 2013
them away,” Vanover illustrates. “ Retaining customers is just as important as gaining new ones.” For this kind of expansion, there are augments to traditional flexo presses, such as the Allen Datagraph Systems’ iTech AXXIS HS and the CENTRA HS. These affordable digital label production solutions meet the needs of all converters “ who need to go digital” for production requirements up to 3,000 feet. The CENTRA HS is a complete roll-to-roll solution that fits the needs between tabletop label production and full-scale production—for a fraction of the cost of other digital press- es—all with low, ongoing operational expenses. The system, designed and manufactured in the U.S., is comprised of both the iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Printer, a high-resolution roll-fed CMYK print engine featuring LED toner technology, and the iTech AXXIS HS Digital Label Fin- isher that laminates, integrates die-less die cutting, and then strips, slits and rewinds to finished rolls of labels. FLEXO’S BRIGHT FUTURE In every corner of the economy, technological advance- ments are making business smarter, faster and more versa- tile. Flexographic printing is not immune to this change. It is a printer ’s ability to evolve with the tech that is right for the organization that will prove the difference between success and failure. As mentioned, digital printing is not at the point to replace flexographic printing. With the introduction of high defini- tion flexo printing, it appears that the process has a bright future. With the further development of digital applications for expanding its reach, flexo is one industry that refuses to sit quietly. Digital printing solutions are a viable, imperative develop- ment for the flexographic industry. Niche printing is no longer being confined to small-to-medium-sized printers. In the near future, like most, if not all, technologies, digital print technology could be the norm. This idea goes for flexographic printing as well. Thanks to some amazing breakthroughs in speed, image quality and variable printing, digital printing, deployed side-by-side with, and complementary to flexo, has the ability to remake the pressroom for tomorrow ’s print jobs. As was witnessed at exhibitions like drupa and LabelExpo, digital options are here and are turning heads. Industry ex- perts believe that there will be many more hybrid installations involving one or more digital presses running alongside exist- ing flexo or offset presses. With lower energy costs, improved productivity, and the increasing size of substrate options, digital is poised to take the flexo world in a new direction. DIGITAL PRODUCT SHOWCASE The following are a few new products that will help digital printing make flexo a more diverse and profitable enterprise. Pay attention to upcoming developments in the digital-flexo landscape. ROLAnD SOLJET PRO 4 XR-640 LARGE FORmAT COLOR PRInTER/CUTTER With its two in-line, mirrored print heads, integrated printing and contour-cutting technology, and new environmentally- friendly Eco-SOL MAX 2 inks, the Pro 4 XR-640 large-format color printer (pictured above) delivers both greater productiv- ity and unsurpassed image quality. The Pro 4’s dual print heads allow 7 or 8-color configura- tions, maximize output and help eliminate bi-directional band- ing. New, advanced specialty ink capabilities, including light black, high-density white and metallic silver, also put the Pro 4 in a class above any other large-format color printer. All of this translates into stunning, vibrant large-format banners, signs, vehicle graphics, decals, POP displays and more. DURST TAU 330 DIGITAL UV InkJET LABEL PRESS The Durst Tau 330 is a Digital UV Inkjet Label Press (pic- tured below) designed for short and medium run narrow web applications covering web widths from 16.5 cm (6.5 -in.) to a maximum 33 cm (13-in.) , running at a printing speed of up to 48 m /157 fpm. The system offers very high size flexibility, as well as highest productivity for smaller label size jobs. The inkjet applications include, short- and medium-run printing of a variety of label jobs, such as industrial and se- curity type labels, durable electronics and automotive labels, paint, specialty food and beverage, body and health care, household chemicals and more. 60 FLEXO march 2013 www.flexography.org roland Pro 4 Xr-640 large-format color printer Durst Tau 330 Digital UV Inkjet Label Press