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FLEXO Magazine : August 2014
Omet, too, stresses inherent advantages of one pass printing. “Inline combination of different technologies for printing, converting and finishing means there is no need for offline reworking. Additional benefits include time, personnel and energy savings, not to mention the space needed to accommodate different machines to obtain the same result.” “Such hybrid presses accept any job, from the simplest to the most complex, capable as they are to adapt quickly to the next job specifica- tions,” the Italian press maker decrees. OPTIONS & OFFERINGS The Mark Andy Digital Series combines high speed, high quality digi- tal printing with highly configurable inline converting and processing, according to the company. “It provides converters with the power of hybrid technology, combining the best in UV inkjet technology with proven flexo and converting solutions, seamlessly connected through a robust workflow control system.” ProWORX Digital Front End, a Mark Andy staple, is a one box solu- tion that enables superior and consistent control between the press and digital file management system, ensuring accuracy and efficient job management. In addition, ProWORX offers an intuitive commu- nication system between the flexo and inline features to the digital components, allowing for simple, automated registration, as well as streamlined process management. Among the mix of technologies available on OMET’s presses, digital is definitely making its way. After almost two years of field testing, the company has given its OK to the sale of the new digital inkjet printing unit named JetPlus. The technology is the result of the cooperation with Domino, which provides the inkjet module. Epson says its first linehead, inkjet label press with LED UV curing ink, the L-6034VW/L- 6034V, enables high speed printing that’s ideal for short and mid run jobs, producing labels with outstanding scratch and weather resistance. “ The newly developed Precision- Core linehead, center drum system and digital varnish deliver high quality images. Pinning technology controls the range of ink scattering and realizes ultra sharp dots and incredibly thin lines.” The Domino N610i, with industry standard 13-in. print width, up to seven colors (including opaque white), 600 dpi native print resolution and operating speeds up to 246 fpm, “combines the productivity of flexo printing with the flexibil- ity offered by rapid job change digital technology.” It uses vibrant UV curable inks designed for a range of industry standard self adhesive label stocks, including coated paper, polyethylene and polypropylene, normally without the need to prime. Domino’s intelligent Technology i-Tech features are delivering con- sistent print results job to job. Its ActiFlow ink circulating system maintains a constant temperature and removes any dissolved air, delivering consistent print color and superior reliability, and the CleanCap automated print head cleaning and capping station maintains constant print nozzle perfor- mance, delivering consistent print results and minimal downtime. Fi- nally, StitchLink micro motor controller technology enables the print heads to be aligned to micron levels of precision during installation. WINNING FAVOR Digital printing, in all its forms—hybrid, multi process and tradi- tional—has built a strong presence in the label market segment in recent years. Trend lines indicate this will continue, due to increased demands for short runs and quick deliveries. From consumer product company customers to the printer/converter, straight through to the equipment manufacturers; all involved are tak- ing note of impressive, professional and consistently repetitive results. Quality is on the rise. Color targets are being attained. Most impor- tantly, packaging produced with these latest technologies is capturing shoppers’ eyes, as it seemingly jumps off store shelves and wins favor on all fronts. ■ “By combining the application flexibility of flexo stations with the short run benefits of digital printing, converters are now able to have high quality digitally printed material with value add applications. ” Work produced on Mark Andy Digital Series. 106 FLEXO | AUGUST 2014 Samples from printrun on Domino N610i press. Mark Andy Digital Series Domino N610i Cleaning and Capping Station. NEW INNOVATION Yes. The New Digital Series Has Arrived. You understand the need to stay ahead. You recognize the value of speed and variable run lengths. Now take it all to another level with premium in-line design, custom configurability and an unprecedented 250 feet per minute. It means flexibility to go to press your way. Activate your business and download our Exclusive Insights Summary. Visit markandy.com/godigital Live Demonstrations Daily Stand 319