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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
“QCDC’s cassette system loads in less than one minute,” he continues. “ Dies are loaded into simple cassettes offline while the press is running production. As the press is stopped for a die change, the finished die is pulled out onto the specially de- signed die cart and the new die is loaded. Tractors retract and load the die cylinder hydraulically at the push of a button. ” Changeover times have been cut by 80 percent, thanks to QCDC technology. A process that used to take 7:30 minutes, now requires just 1:20 minutes on average. Of note, the QCDC cassette and cart allow operators to load and unload dies without the use of a hoist, eliminating heavy lifting and delivering ergonomic benefits for the opera- tor. Also of importance, if the press is equipped with a dual- station QCDC unit, one station can be completely set up while the press is running a job using a second station. Precise tension regulation, manipulatable to very low ten- sions, can be recorded and recalled for future runs, pulling even the most delicate matrix jobs at high speeds, a point that had previously caused a bottleneck in the in-line converting process. In fact, high-speed matrix stripping has matched maximum Performance Series press speeds. An additional benefit is the simple transition from top- to under-side die cutting. “It involves only a simple re-web of the press, not complete die removal,” comments Howard. The result is faster job changeovers—something always attractive to flexographers interested in maintaining the best possible competitive posture. They stand intrigued by a pledge of better accuracy at higher press speeds and intent on producing larger quanti- ties of high quality, saleable product from the press in the same—or less—time. n Die station is easily accessed by lifting a front panel or sliding a top guard. Tractors retract and load the die cylinder hydraulically at the push of a button. Tension levels are precisely regulated, allowing even the most delicate matrix jobs to be run at high speeds. Dies are transported to the press and loaded seamlessly using a cassette and cart combination. 48 FLEXO may 2013 www.flexography.org I N N O V A T I O N U C C E S S CPPEXP REG I STRATION IS NOW OPEN PRINT13 S Visit cppexpo.com Define Your Success! for CPP EXPO is produced and managed by HA BRUNO LLC. No need to spell it out – it’s absolutely clear. There is no better way to achieve your goals and strategies than to Register Now for CPP EXPO 2013 – as it co-locates with PRINT for the first time. Education on the exhibit floor and in session rooms will enable you to learn the latest advancements in traditional converting processes, digital printing solutions, as well as innovative coatings, laminating and drying technology – ensuring that your operation is ready to meet your customers demands. From innovative ways to differentiate packaging, produce regional, local and low-volume products, as well as varying packaging runs that support inventory and cost management. Attendance at CPP EXPO will enable you to have a plan in place. One that not only delivers on customer demands, but puts you in a position to react tomorrow, next year and 5 years from now. Whether your market niche is in pre-press, tag & label, corrugated, folding carton, finishing, flexible packaging, security in packaging materials, or substrates/materials, CPP EXPO’s exhibit floor is the place you need to be. Co-located with suc·cess \sek’-ses\ n. 1. The accomplishment of an aim or purpose. 2. The attainment of popularity or profit. 3. Attending CPP EXPO in 2013. September 8–12, 2013 McCormick Place | Chicago, IL e Register Now To Attend! Official Publication of CPP EXPO: Sponsored by: For Exhibitor Info and up-to-the-minute details call 201.881.1632