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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
Inline, Stack, CI: Mid Web Presses Budget Friendly, No Sacrifice in Quality or Performance Robert Moran Easy operation and exceptional quality--- converters demand it, so mid web exog- raphic press makers have automated func- tions and simpli ed interfaces. e result: exible, e cient, consistent and versatile machin- ery that reduces cycle times, controls waste, speeds makeready and hastens setup. Manufactures insist that their presses are: • Built to meet numerous applications • Designed to handle large repeats at high speeds • Equipped to maintain precise register • Deliver the predictable, consistent and repeatable results that printers promise Available in central impression (CI), stack and inline con gurations, these presses are billed as being able to "meet smaller budgets without sacri cing performance.'' Marketing teams report they are rich in standard features, yet o er an array of additional options that provide cost e cient methods to customize press productivity for speci c applications. "As competition continues to grow, converters are constantly looking for advantages to get product to market more quickly and more pro tably," Nilpeter executives explained. "Today's exo work ows are much leaner and meaner than in the past. Seamless integration pro- motes best practices, so converters see drastic reductions in downtime and waste. "Automated plate positioning systems, total job recall, air satellite control systems and clean inking systems all contribute to the e ect," they observed. "Operators can recall all critical production parame- ters from previous runs right from a wireless tablet or conventional touchscreen interface. Every setting from the servo unwind through the servo rewind is stored in the memory banks. "Servo has revolutionized exo press o erings. No longer are we concerned with mechanical degradation and parts wear. No longer are we concerned with gear backlash or torsional line sha wip," Nilpeter engineers decreed. "Servo motors will perform as well on day 1,000 as they will on day one. We can store critical servo motor positioning for future recall of production and produce higher quality at a lower cost." PRODUCTIVITY MEASUREMENTS "New technology automates press functions, constantly monitors performance in real time and reduces the total cost of production for any converter," according to Mark Andy. "Machine designs have re- vived the livelihood of converters, driving more pro tability through in depth analysis of technology and rede ning traditional work ows and how they impact margin and cost control." It was noted that, "Durable, smart, operator friendly, heavily automated machines, 76 FLEXO | AUGUST 2014 PRESS BUYER'S GUIDE / MID WEB