Visy Technology Systems, a division of Australian packaging giant Visy Pack, has partnered with RFID specialist Mikoh Corporation to produce a locally made label press.
Described as a Mikoh 4-color variable inkjet printer with several advanced options such as fan-folding, die cutting, laminating and secure variable data print finishes, the machine’s base unit comes from a Rotomag flexo press developed by Australian printing equipment manufacturer Rotary Engineering. The partners say the new unit will have applications in short run variable data printing of labels and other types of flexo packaging.
The unit requires no pre-treated base stock, while its use of Xaar 1001 inkjet heads means it will run ink from a wide range of manufacturers, according to Visy Technology Systems business manager, Richard Birch. ‘We can build [the new machine] to suit a customer's needs. Whatever the substrate, thickness or width, we can probably build a press configuration to suit,’ he said.
Its standard configuration prints 210mm wide on a 250mm web width at up to 25 meters per minute.