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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
Faster, Better, Safer Wide Web Presses: Maximum Flexibility, Enhanced Graphics Capabilities Robert Moran Maximize production. Reduce down- time. Provide a safe operating envi- ronment. Create value for customers. When it comes to common strategies, wide web press manufacturers are quick to rattle o four critical objectives. In an era of high press speeds, quick changeovers, rapid re makereadies and ever increasing reliance on automated features, they promise simple, intuitive and stable man/machine interfaces, and insist that they are succeeding in marrying intelligent designs with intelligent economics. Quality output is both their passion and prime concern. Given the nature of the business, wide web exographic printing presses are required to be exible, versatile and adaptable. Operators print on a variety of substrates, ranging from thin gauge lms to paper, paperboard, towel/tissue and specialized media. In any of these applications, the successful printer must be able to handle a vast ex- panse of both large and small jobs. Machinery they rely on is required to make production faster, better and safer. MARKET METRICS "In general, printers are demanding consistent print quality, maxi- mum exibility, and greater e ciencies from a new press," according to KBA Flexotecnica marketing experts. "Additional colors and special shapes are coming into play---from labels to all other forms of packaging." For example, lighter weight materials and enhanced graphics capa- bilities are essential when printing shrink sleeves. "Greater color con- sistency, thicker substrates and faster running speeds are demanded by customers interested in a pouch." And, when it comes to exible packaging, KBA Flexotecnica cites a broader substrate range, higher screen resolutions and additional spot colors as business drivers. Greater e ciency and lower cost is always a concern, no matter the application. And it's precisely what has some economics minded printers opting for wider presses. e trend runs from bags and sacks to exible packaging and on to towel/tissue, folding carton and " Printers are demanding consistent print quality, maximum flexibility, and greater efficiencies from a new press." 88 FLEXO | AUGUST 2014 PRESS BUYER'S GUIDE / WIDE WEB