UEI Group has developed NW SpeedChase NXT, a magnetic quick changeover system for the narrow web industry.
NW SpeedChase NXT is comprised of an NW SpeedChase NXT and an NW SpeedPlaten NXT that use an NW UniLock-Up Plate Ejector NXT box to quickly set-up, dismount and change the UniLock-Up die or counter force plates. The NW SpeedChase also has three times the thermal conductivity of a traditional steel chase, which can result in faster production speeds, it is claimed. UEI Group pre-affixes and pre-registers both the engraved dies and counter forces to a steel UniLock-Up plate. Then, with the NW SpeedChase NXT system there is just a quick mount of the UniLock-Up die and/or counter force plate to the NW SpeedChase and NW SpeedPlaten.
The NW SpeedChase system has been specifically developed for the narrow web industry and can accommodate any narrow web flatbed press. NW SpeedChase NXT is claimed to offer press operators easier lock-up, quicker changeover, lower overall costs, increased production speeds and overall improved efficiency.
UEI Group stated that NW SpeedChase NXT makes set-up and job changeover faster, simpler and more efficient.
Todd Rima, vice president of operations and sales at Universal Engraving, said: ‘Through the NW SpeedChase NXT system, job changeover can now be accomplished, on average, in as little as one minute. And since unveiling the NW SpeedChase NXT system [at Labelexpo Europe 2017], customers worldwide have immediately submitted orders post their best practice reviews and cost-saving analysis. The value customers see associated with the NW SpeedChase NXT system is tremendous.’
An ergonomic design is lightweight and easy-to-handle, and the system is also 65 percent lighter than a traditional steel chase. The NW UniLock-Up die and/or counter force plates are designed to be stored easily. UEI also offers a cost-savings return/reuse program for the UniLock-Up counter force plate NXT.
Rima added: ‘Simply put, there has never been an easier or more efficient die or counter force lock-up system for the narrow web flatbed industry. We have even added traditional mounting holes within the NW SpeedChase NXT, so if necessary customers can still use their existing engraved die inventory on the NW SpeedChase NXT.’
UEI Group is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, and is comprised of five companies: Universal Engraving, UEI Falcontec, UEI Falcontec-Switzerland, UEI Systems and Infinity Foils.