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Lean alternative to film, paper and folding carton converting

A web-fed flexo printing and multi-process finishing concept for speciality packaging products, Tresu’s Flexo Innovator series provides an open, modular platform for building complete, uniquely configured production lines. The company claims it provides a high performance, single-pass alternative to labour-intensive sheet-fed printing applications.

The Flexo Innovator series has maximum flexibility in configuration. It includes any number of flexo units, and specially configured hot air drying or curing units for most ink types, custom-engineered and assembled at Tresu’s factory. There are three width options to suit a range of applications. These include the FI 900, accommodating widths up to 900mm, the FI 1100 (widths up to 1,100mm) and the FI 1300 (1,300 mm).

Precise registration throughout the print run, high-end regulating web tension control technology, a rigid design to minimise vibrations, resulting in very high stability throughout the printing process are also promised.

The open platform of Flexo Innovator can be built to include custom-designed coldfoil, diecutting, laminating, embossing, rotary screen and rotogravure technology from leading suppliers, and cutting options such as rotary sheeting.

The first of these machines, the FI 1100, has been built at Tresu’s production plant in Denmark and will be used for sample production, demonstrations and testing for the development of new applications. It achieves speeds of up to 400m/min (optional 600m/min) and offers repeat sizes ranging from 450-1,060mm. It also features front and reverse side printing stations to provide single-pass print/converting of folding cartons, paper, unsupported film, laminates and aluminium products, among others.

Tresu’s Kim-Regin Sustmann comments: “Flexo Innovator finally makes lean manufacturing an option in high-end package converting.”

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