It’s not your father’s in-line flexo press.
About 150 package-printing professionals were on hand last Wednesday for the debut of the new Aquaflex ELSMax press at the “iMpact 2013” event at the Paper Converting Machine Co. headquarters in Green Bay, WI.
Looking for all the world like a regular in-line flexographic press on steroids, the gearless, direct servo-driven system unites the worlds of both in-line and wide-web CI press technology. Some basic parameters: web widths of 24, 28 and 32 in.; maximum run speeds of 750 fpm; complete job storage and recall of all press settings; sleeved plate and anilox rolls; 24-in print repeat with 30-in. optional; substrates from 0.50-mil film to 14-pt tag stock; and force-loaded enclosed doctor-blade chambers.
PCMC provided two printing demos:
1) Clear 1-mil OPP film was printed via Actega WIT water-based four-color process/flood white inks with 200-lpi screen plates from Flint Group on Rossini sleeves with Harper Corp. anilox rolls on Decks 2-5 plus 9. Deck 5 was then automatically washed and changed over in less than 5 mins. Substrates, corona-treated by an Enercon Industries unit, were switched by a Martin Automatic butt splicer.
2) Clear 48-gauge PET film from Filmquest was printed via Siegwerk Ink solvent-based four-color process/flood white inks with 175-lpi screen plates from 360 Imaging with Harper sleeves and anilox rolls on Decks 5-9. Both press runs were cranked up to 1,000 fpm to show how registration was held via AVT defect-detection cameras.
A tabletop exhibition before and after the press demos included (besides those mentioned above) Rockwell Automation; Fox Valley Metal Tech; 3M Co.; InkSpec; Componex; Rotometrics; QuadTech; Provident Group; Tesa Tape; Energy Sciences; and FlexoWash.