Sihl and Arrow Systems have teamed up to pair the Arrowjet Aqua 330R press with Artysio, a range of Sihl’s flexible packaging materials, to enable in-line production of flexible packaging with water-based pigment inkjet.
‘We feel that the flexible packaging space is one that has enormous growth potential,’ said Shaan Patel, business development manager at Arrow Systems. ‘In the past, it has been too costly to produce here. We hope that the combination of the Sihl materials with our inkjet press allows for more customers to begin producing their short-run flexible packaging.’
According to Sihl, the Artysio range of films is suitable for printing quantities with strong varying designs, offering 100 times less setup effort than analog printing processes, significantly lower capital commitment than traditionally printed packaging, and is made for recycling.
‘Partnering with Arrow has been great,’ added Ronny Kunze, director of global sales and business development of Sihl Group. ‘Its team understands the benefits of on-demand printing and has been quick to adapt to any changes that we have thrown at them. We are looking forward to bringing our combined product to market worldwide over the next few months.’
The ArrowJet Aqua 330R is a 13 water-based pigment inkjet press that can run at speeds up to 150 ft/min with resolution up to 1600 x 1600 DPI. Sihl Artysio films, in combination with Duraflex pigment ink, are compliant with the following regulations: DuraFlex PZ ink is designed for food packaging and is formulated using components listed on the Swiss Ordinance (RS 817.023.21, entered into force December 2019) and is compliant with the Nestle Guidance Note on Packaging Inks dated October 2018.