Parkside Flexibles has invested in Troika AniCam, a 3D digital scanning microscope, along with AMS software to measure its flexographic plates and anilox rolls.
The new AniCam and AMS software combination has been installed in a dedicated prepress area on the shop floor at the Normanton site in the UK as a part of the company’s investment program into the latest technologies.
‘What we wanted to ensure was ease of use and clear integration into our prepress process,’ said Mark Benson, print and lamination specialist at Parkside. ‘This allows an anilox to be delivered to the prepress area quickly, be cleaned and checked using the AniCam, and returned for use on press within eight minutes.’
The company has also invested in a Sandon SoftClean Duo ultrasonic anilox cleaner, which operates alongside the Troika combination. According to Parkside, these investments have released approximately 50 hours of additional production capacity per month and saved in excess of one million linear meters of material per annum in reduced setup times.
‘We know that Troika Systems is the leader in the development of 2D and 3D scanning microscopes for the printing industry. This investment enables our team to measure and control a key component in our prepress process quickly and swiftly and is now one less variable for us to think about, as we push the boundaries forward in flexo,’ added Benson.
Jon Jordan, sales director at Troika Systems commented: ‘Our mantra at Troika is that if you can’t measure it, you can’t control it. By implementing the AniCam, the team at Parkside can now verify the condition of their anilox rolls to ensure they are meeting the required ink densities and achieve the premium print performance they are seeking.
‘We know that the AniCam saves companies considerable press setup time and reduces ink waste by up to 50 percent, which inevitability increases profitability. So, we’re delighted to hear that after its successful use at the Parkside, Normanton, UK site, their Selangor, Malaysia facility is also installing the solution to support its Asian print business.’