ETI Converting Equipment has introduced a new generation of its Metronome printing press for unsupported monoweb thin film.
This has seen ETI develop two new types of flexo printing station: a drop-in plate cylinder type for web up to 17in and a sleeve plate cylinder type for wider web widths.
The new stations are fully servo controlled. The productivity of these new stations has been increased by reducing the set-up time and web path length. The stations have the ability to run reverse, which allows to print the web in reverse without using a turn bar. Auto-registration and pre-registration modules have been improved to make the task easier for the operator.
ETI stated that the new flexo stations are designed for high quality printing on unsupported thin films with a high performance tension control system.
The stations are now available with water-based, UV and LED technologies.
Metronome is equipped with: instant change plate cylinders; instant change anilox; instant rotary die; die cassettes to die-cut on all printing stations; auto peel-off to remove the die-cutting matrix without stopping the machine; water-based and UV curing system; temperature control system on all stations to avoid a heat build-up in the cylinders; Pellicut station to avoid die marks on liner and being able to die-cut at high speed down to 12 micron liner thickness; reversible printing stations; and pre-registration and auto-registration systems.
With a modular design, the Metronome press can be transformed subsequently into a Cohesio by adding a silicone and an adhesive station. As such, the press can evolve according to the needs of its user, according to ETI.