TRESU's Flexo Innovator Press Debuts at Danish Flexo Forum
Friday, November 02, 2012
Press release from the issuing company
New press from TRESU's Concept Division is aimed at promising 'cross-over' market
Kolding, Denmark, 1st November 2012: Bjert, Denmark: On Thursday, October 4, 120 members of the Danish Flexo Forum visited TRESU's Technology Centre to see the first public demonstration of the Flexo Innovator from TRESU's Concept division.
The Flexo Innovator is the first of a series of modular presses designed to develop the market between narrow and wide-web flexo presses to provide a flexible solution for converters who want the ability to help their customers consolidate their printing requirements.
The press on show was a seven unit 1100mm web width version printing six colours (CMYK plus two spot-colours) on 220 g/m2 carton board. During the demonstration, the press printed roll-to-roll at production speeds of up to 400m/min while keeping accurate registration.
"This was the ideal audience to witness our first demonstration," said Kim-Regin Sustmann, head of TRESU Concept. "The Flexo Forum members covered a diversity of expertise including prepress, inks, plate and substrates, as well as packaging converters with experience of inline and CI flexo press production. The press performed well and we were delighted with the reception it received from our expert guests."
The visit by the Danish Flexo Forum included presentations about the company, its products and strategy and the Flexo Innovator, concluding with a visit to the factory and the running of the press.
Realising the concept
With print buyers wanting to consolidate their sources, and converters who are looking for new revenue streams, the Flexo Innovator is the ideal press to meet both goals.
There are three Flexo Innovator press models with 900mm, 1100mm and 1300mm web widths. Substrates that can be run include paper, paperboard, unsupported films, laminates, aluminium and others so that users can print a broad range of products at press speeds up to 400 m/min.
In addition to a wealth of options, the modularity of the Flexo Innovator enables the basic models to be extended and configured to meet the specific needs of the converter. For example, water- or solvent-based inks may be specified; there is also a choice of hot air dryers or UV-curing systems.
Each unit is equipped with its own dryer and chill drum to ensure clean print and smooth running. Units 1, 6 and 7 of the press demonstrated include extended dryers to accommodate heavy laydowns and complete drying of coatings and varnishes. The ability to print on the reverse side of the web, without turning the web, can be included at any positions in the printing sequence, according to customer requirements. The reverse-side printing feature is included on units 1 and 2 of the demonstration press.
Leading TRESU technologies can be found throughout the press, with TRESU's acclaimed chamber doctor blade system that maximises ink usability and is engineered for performance and quick-changes. Print and anilox sleeves also facilitate accelerated make-ready while ensuring high-quality print, while a high-end Human Machine Interface (HMI) optimises operation.
"The success of the demonstration to the Danish Flexo Forum not only will help us spread the word of the performance of this exciting new press, but it also means that we are ready to invite customers to submit jobs for us to trial and see their jobs printed," concluded Kim-Regin Sustmann. "The Flexo Innovator is entering final phase of its launch."
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