British manufacturer Focus Label Machinery has secured an order for two e-Flex 330 full servo flexo presses from an unnamed, major European label producer.
The company is an existing Focus customer and is one of Europe’s biggest manufacturers of foil labels for permanent industrial marking. As well as flexo, the company utilizes various digital printing methods, silk screen print, thermal transfer, as well as mechanical treatment technologies: rotary, flatbed die-cutting and kiss cutting, cutting by rewinding, laser marking and cutting, lamination of up to seven layers.
The two ordered machines are fully servo driven, in-line modular presses supplied with print widths of 330, 430 and 510mm (13, 17 and 20in). They offer several different drying systems, including full UV, LED and infra-red, or combination drying systems, with optional chill rolls for heat sensitive substrates. The e-Flex frame has been designed to accommodate various dryer combinations, whilst still maintaining the shortest possible web path.
Servo driven print cylinders and impression rolls enable point to point pre-register set up and full auto register, resulting in quicker set up times, precise print registration and reduced material wastage across a range of substrates. Bearer rings are incorporated into the print cylinder assembly, to guarantee accurate print impression settings, regardless of substrate.
The open architecture design of the print stations enables easy loading of ink cartridges and print cylinders, so that interchangeable print cartridges can be partially or fully unloaded or exchanged, in order to minimize downtime. The print cartridge assemblies can be cleaned off the press, allowing the operator to maintain uninterrupted production.
‘The e-Flex platform provides the possibility for stepped specification levels, according to client requirements and budget,’ said Antony Cotton of Focus Label Machinery. ‘With built in essentials, such as high-speed job changes, automated setups and increased efficiency in all aspects of design and operation.’