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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
Plants & Processes The CI Label Press Diversifies Production, reduces costs, trims Waste By Jordi Puig Productivity and efficiency are two key elements when acquiring new machinery for printing on flexible mate- rial. Even though sustainability, low migration inks and ergonomics are important in daily operations, achieving optimum percentages in these two initial concepts is basic for both the converter and its clients. Productivity and efficiency make it possible to offer good service while maintaining prices and market response. Within the extensive packaging sector, label printing/ converting should not be treated differently. Efficiency and productivity are key elements in this market. Today, at least one press manufacturer has developed a non-traditional flexo label printing system, utilizing an entry-level central impres- sion (CI) press, developed especially for small, short-run tasks, the predominant type of job in this market. This CI press for labels offers its customers a multi-purpose machine that provides a suitable solution to short-run flexible packaging requirements, as well as top quality printing for plastic and/or paper labels. This printer can be set up with a conventional solvent or water-based ink system, or with UV inks. This way, all the main demands of the label printing market are met. In the label sector, it is normal to work with in-line and small width machines where job changeovers are very fast and where the additional assistance of ladders, carriages for han- dling heavy elements, etc. are not needed. In the CI press for labels, from the design outset, attention was paid to facilitat- ing the operator ’s tasks, just as is done on in-line machines. Adjustments can be made manually—on the fly—without the need for additional assistance. Because the machine is compact, changeover times are reduced. QUALITY, EFFICIENCY, PRODUCTIVITY • Compact, central impression press meets demands of label converters and their customers • Multi-purpose machine is suitable for short-run flexible packaging requirements and top quality plastic/paper labels • Operator friendly design orchestrates job changeover in under 15 minutes • Central drum assists in maintaining register, tension and pressure • Ergonomics allow for maintenance during production Full view of cI label Press—comexi’s F4 Flexoefficiency model. 74 FLEXO august 2013 www.flexography.org Press Buyer’s Guide