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Agfa Graphics Dotrix Modular, adds in line sheet cutting to the production process

Friday, September 25, 2009

Press release from the issuing company

Agfa Graphics at LabelExpo in Brussels (September 23-26), shares floor space with the UK based flexo press manufacturer Edale Ltd. In an earlier announcement both companies unveiled a strategic alliance. As a result of the partnership, Agfa Graphics and Edale have developed an inline converting cutter module. It was launched at "Print" in Chicago (September 11-16) and LabelExpo. This converting unit, offered as an optional module to the :Dotrix Modular single pass UV press, completes the Agfa Graphics value proposition for the packaging industry.

Agfa Graphics and Edale Ltd have been working together to build the :Dotrix Modular. The SPICE (Single Pass Inkjet Color Engine) of the :Dotrix Modular is integrated on the industrial base which builds on Edale's expertise in narrow and medium flexo web press design. Hence :Dotrix users have access to all on- and off-line converting equipment that is compatible with traditional flexo presses. The new in-line cutter by Edale was specially designed for the :Dotrix. It allows for automated cut position information transfer between the :Dotrix imaging software and the cutting device. This hands-free configuration reduces set-up time drastically between jobs: the cutter device flawlessly interprets job length variations (even within the job) without the need to stop production.

According to Agfa Graphics, "the in-line cutter will add value to the production process of low and medium runs. The :Dotrix in line converting tools are part of the :Dotrix Modular concept, it adds flexibility to your production process. Variable sheet cutting and print to pack or print to distribute are possible in-line. This means a huge profit in set up times, productivity and thus a lower cost of print for your short and medium run jobs."

First installations of the :Dotrix in-line converting feature are expected later this year.




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