UK based TS Converting Equipment (Elite Cameron) has partnered with Focus Label Machinery to develop the HM-Flex, a range of flexo machines for the manufacture of labels, tapes and tamper evident security products.
The HM-FLEX range is said to have the ability to print on a liner, apply a release coating, flip the web over between any of the stations, hot melt coating, laminate in a facestock if required, 4C print, die cut, slit and rewind all in one pass.
The modular format of the machine can be configured to provide a mix of capabilities, eliminates the need to purchase pre-release coated or treated liners and combines multiple operations for the in-line manufacture of finished products. The flexo units can be used for printing and the application of a wide variety of UV curable release coatings. The machine utilizes the latest Rhino GEW UV system with Chill Rolls, Double sided Vetaphone corona treater and Proact web cleaner.
The coating module incorporates Valco Melton coating equipment, now standard issue on the full range of Elite Cameron hot melt coaters. The head accurately applies stripes or full width, streak free coating of HM adhesives. The coat weight is monitored and displayed continuously on an NDC measurement system.
The new integrated technology can be coupled with a range of in-line converting options, all controlled using a Schneider PLC, with servo drives for perfect registration and tension control throughout.
‘We have known each other for many years working in different, but associated industries,’ said David Lee, director of Focus Label Machinery. ‘We have enjoyed working with the team at TS Converting and have delivered a truly integrated technology for the industry. We are already working on other applications together and feel this is the beginning of a close and mutually beneficial relationship.’
‘We partnered with Focus to deliver this first machine to a UK based customer,’ added Tim Self, director of TS Converting Equipment, ‘We are both privately owned businesses with a common goal to develop cutting edge technology for a worldwide base of customers.’