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OMET Label Press Is Launched

LECCO, ITALY | OMET reports the launch of the iFLEX press dedicated to label printing. The flexo press is 370 mm wide and is said to offer innovative pre-register and register devices that help speed machine setup after each job changeover. 

Company says the iLIGHT pre-register system works through laser pointers located on each flexo group. The laser pointer indicates the best alignment of the plate holder to speed up the changeover and time to register. An identical laser pointer is positioned perpendicular to the die to guarantee the quickest die changeover. Reportedly, the best register is achieved through instant cameras positioned on each printing unit (iCAM), capturing the register mark for immediate correction, and a monitor located centrally on the machine (iVISION).

Web path is 1.3 m, said to be compact enough to ensure material savings in the start-up phase. All printing cylinders are direct drive controlled to increase printing precision.

At the end of the line, through the new die-cutting quick-change (QCDC), it is possible to prepare the die cylinder offline on a specific trolley, with no need of lifting hoists. The press is equipped with Rock'n'Roll automatic matrix rewinding system that guarantees a smooth printing process with no slowdowns in the die-cutting phase, even in the case of complex shapes. The ensemble of die, cut, and matrix rewinding is named CONVERTING EXPRESS.

The machine handles a wide range of formats (from 5–18 ½ in.) tailored to the needs of a small/medium label converter and is designed to work continuously, without stops for maintenance.

Configuration flexibility allows the insertion in-line of cold foil (as standard), screen printing (optional), UV lamination (optional), and an end-line video control camera (optional). The machine can be configured with a longer web path for use with water-based inks as well as hot air or hot air and UV drying tunnel.

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