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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
Mark Andy developed ProVIEW to provide the ability to integrate and analyze all of the components of the press with virtually any added function or process option. From primary press operator tools and performance indicators to drying and curing systems to onboard inspection devices, added decoration and job management tools, ProVIEW affords the converter the opportunity to manage and analyze all inputs and to improve processes and better plan for future opportunities. Mark Andy has also developed a proven, award winning UV LED curing system (Mark Andy ProLED) which emits no hazardous mercury or ozone, provides a smaller carbon footprint, minimizes energy costs and reduces the amount of harmful UV exposure to the environment. QCDC (Quick Change Die Cut) Die cutting has notoriously been a slower paced function on an inline press as print station speeds have continued to improve over recent years. Designed to streamline the die cutting process and eliminate the bottleneck at the die cutting module, QCDC uses automation to eliminate manual steps during the die loading and unloading process. Zero Gap Waste Wind Up Improving quality of roll and die cut con- sistency is another critical component to efficient die cutting. Mark Andy has developed a zero gap waste windup system that keeps the waste windup roll winding straight at high speed; this also reduces matrix breaks. Performance Series The drop and lock print cylinder component has a synchronized pneumatic design with self locating reference discs which lock the print cylinder into place at the touch of a button, setting impression instantly. Pre and re register systems ensure consistency, and the comfortable working height and open design of the print station ensure operators are able to manage print station components and view print as it advances through the press. The rail system integrated into the design of the press allows for a variety of processes, including hot foil, cold foil, screen, gravure, embossing and laminating to be easily integrated into a print job. MPS’ Solid lock for print cylinders ensures the print cylinder is always automatically positioned, independent from repeat size, to the same position related to anilox roller and impression cylinder. Crisp.Dot allows for pressure settings that are not influenced by gear profiles. This minimizes gearing effects. iSet intelligent pressure settings use geometrics, based on the principle that pressure settings of the impression cylinder, print cylinder and anilox roller are not influencing each other. iStop At print stations equipped with UV dryers, the operator can use iStop technology. The machine will stop while both the print cylinder and the anilox roller stay in printing position. At machine start, the print units start immediately printing without any web waste. iControl Intelligent hardware and software for press control and oper- ator communication, positioned at each print station for local control and at the end of the machine for central control. Auto Teach technology teaches the press the web path that is used for the job and APC (Automated Print Control) is accurately controlled by maintenance free servo positioning motors. Nilpeter The base modules of the FA-4* are made up of a one piece welded construction. The base frame is then machined in one piece, so all critical dimensions can be held to the tightest tolerances. There are no accumulations of tolerances from multiple frame pieces being assembled. This allows the automation process to reposition itself in the most accurate manner and efficiency, providing the highest quali- ty of print reproduction. Nilpeter FA-4* CLEANINKING systems, along with the quick change plate sleeves, offer converters the ideal package for quicker makereadies and faster changeovers. These features improve effi- ciencies and reduce associated waste. The Powerlink Control System works with the automation to insure consistent and repeatable reproduction by saving all critical production parameters. The FA-4* also has many value added offerings that include the FP-4 flatbed for hot foil and embossing, the Nilscreen rotary screen as well as the G-4 gravure unit. Omet’s Vision register control system is an example of total control over the quality and consistency of the printed job with no human error. Omet recently presented its concept of hybrid flexo/offset press to answer to the typical requests of label and packaging converters work- ing for major brands devoted to offset standardization for graphics. Its hybrid Xflex X6 press in such a combination, offers characteristics of stability, precision and short web path. It is available in 21-in/530- mm. width. PRODUCTIVITY BOOSTERS Press manufacturers insisted that they must deliver solutions that drive measurable process control, consistency and standardization, packaged together with adoptable workflows and lean offerings. One manufacturer explained the point made by all: “Durable, smart, operator friendly machine designs that are automated, intuitive and supported by control systems, allow for efficient production floor planning. It all comes down to productivity!” ■ AUGUST 2014 | FLEXO 67 “Printing to the numbers is commonplace, thanks to storage of essential data for every job, right on press. ” Nilpeter FA4 Power Link