Labelexpo 2017 will see live demonstrations of the very latest models from Focus Label Machinery Ltd., with Servo & Digital solutions at the forefront, for the short & medium print run business.
The d-Flex digital inkjet press incorporates the latest high-speed full-colour Konica Minolta inkjet technology into the existing REFLEX servo press with in-line UV flexo print head, die-cutting, slitting and rewinding. Visitors will be able to see high quality variable images, overprinted in perfect register with UV flexo ink, then converted & rewound – in a single pass with speeds up to 50 metres per minute.
For pre-printed digital printed web, the REFLEX S SERVO converting system provides a comprehensive off-line finishing solution. Focus will demonstrate the accuracy of its re-register system - even at speeds of over 100 metres per minute. The full rotary system incorporates flexo printing/coating, cold-foil, laminating plus varnishing & die-cutting facilities in either roll to roll, or roll to sheet applications.
In addition, Focus will show the brand new e-FLEX model providing a new flexo/digital combination press platform for meeting the demand of medium & short run business. The TWIN-SERVO system provides single touch set ups, with minimal waste for conventional printing and can be combined with a digital module for variable data, text & images. The touch screen HMI operator controls, a fully programmable digital platform, plus storage of job details for future retrieval, all help to make the e-FLEX, the most effective, affordable servo-driven flexo / digital combination press in the marketplace today.
At the show, Focus will show a 6 colour, 330mm wide press, equipped full UV drying & chill roll system.
The e-FLEX incorporates top loading print cylinders, Rapid-Change print cartridges to reduce downtime and set up times. A choice of ultra-efficient interstation drying systems enables much higher press speeds. The short web-path allows for a compact design, whilst still maintaining good accessibility for the operator and plenty of space for optional equipment. IR,UV drying with chill-rolls is available, as well as delam/relam, rotary cold foil transfer, silk screen, turn-bar, sheet conveyor, enclosed/chambered ink cartridges, plus many other options.
Focus will also launch a new generation of the popular Proflex compact flexo press with open architecture print head design.
The Proflex SE is a full servo driven, modular press available with print widths of 250mm and 330mm. Several different drying systems are available, including full UV, LED, Infra-Red – or combination drying systems, with optional chill rolls for heat sensitive substrates.
The open architecture design of the print stations enables easy loading of ink cartridges and print cylinders, whilst interchangeable print cartridges can be partially or fully unloaded and exchanged, in order to maximise productivity and minimise downtime. Bearer rings are incorporated into the print cylinder assembly, to guarantee accurate print impression settings, regardless of substrate.
Print cartridge assemblies can be cleaned off press, allowing the operator to maintain uninterrupted production.
As well as flexo print heads, there is also a facility to accommodate a full colour or single colour digital inkjet system, for short run & variable data requirements.
The new Proflex SE benefits from touch screen HMI operator interface panels, servo assisted control for all press operations, fully programmable digital platforms, plus storage of job information for future reference. The new features have decreased set up time and material wastage, resulting in reduced downtime and higher productivity. The operator can control all aspects of press operation, from any of the HMI touch screen control panels and can store job information for future retrieval on repeat orders. Print modules incorporate Digital Drive technology, reducing mechanical register errors and providing greater control over a wide range of substrates.
Optional automatic print register control can easily be integrated into the servo press, to assist with print registration on difficult substrates. Also, the modular design of the system means that future addition of extra print heads & other optional equipment, is easily facilitated.
In addition, a rail system can be mounted along the top of the press, to allow optional overhead press equipment to be easily transported to the required position. Options such as turn-bar, delam-relam, cold foil, laminating, waste rewind turret, scanner systems, etc – can all be rail-mounted.
A non-servo model, Proflex E with the same open architecture print head is also available.