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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
tion back to the press, so that a changeover can be made at the push of a button in the pressroom.” KBA Flexotecnica reports, “Sleeve technology for both print plates and aniloxes, enables very quick job changeovers. Even on a wide web machine, the sleeves are lightweight and can be handled/in- stalled manually— and safely—by one person without the use of tools, lifts, or slings.” FOCAL POINTS Individual manufacturers offer a host of specialized features on the wide web presses that they manufacture. They touted several, includ- ing the following: Bobst points to its modular bridge dryer and says it affords enhanced flexibility with dryer lengths according to production re- quirements. Floating impingement type nozzles release hot air from top and bottom for increased turbulence. A motorized hood allows for fast and user friendly service access. Similarly, the firm’s patented LEO (Low Energy Operation) is a system specially developed for the F&K 20SIX series. It includes technologies and features for reduced consumption of energy, ink and solvent, thereby considerably reduc- ing the carbon footprint. smartSET, according to Bobst, is “a highly efficient system for auto- matic on press impression and registration setup.” It considerably re- duces waste and increases production time. And, the ACCESS system allows the user to perform setup jobs during the production run. smartGP is Fischer & Krecke's unique offline approach for registration and impression setting. As apposed to conventional setup in the press, with smartGP, all registration and impression related setup is done at the plate mounting stage with almost no additional time required. Bobst explains, “The logic is simple: If you do not need to print when setting up impression and register, you do not waste any substrate, ink, solvent, energy or machine time. In addition, since the whole process is fully automatic and not influenced by variables such as op- erator skill level, ink variations or the interval between repeat orders, you get the same print results every time.” W&H’s EASY automation modules were designed to help with quick setup times and changeovers, which support many short runs. EASY- REG, EASY-SET, EASY-SET HD, EASY-COL and Turboclean ensure “Without specially developed, patented technologies, setup is a manual process and waste is highly dependent on the operator’s skill. ” 90 FLEXO | AUGUST 2014 F&K 90SIX 812 W&H MIRAFLEX S Comexi Flexo F2