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Edale – FL5 flexo press for lottery card production

The Demax FL5 team at Sofia (Source: Edale)

BULGARIA • The Demax Graphic Arts Group has invested in a fully automated Edale FL5 single-pass flexo press to print lottery scratch cards. The press, the first of its kind in Europe, has been installed at the Demax production facility in Sofia and has already transformed the company’s scratch card printing capability.

Demax is a diversified business specialising in digital, plastic cards, labels, flexible packaging holographic and security printing and has over 40% share of the label printing market in Bulgaria. The investment in the new Edale FL5 press was made to transform the company’s lottery scratch card production and provide extra capacity to support the company’s expansion outside Bulgaria.

The fully-automated 510 mm (20”) width, 17 colour FL5 web-fed press at Demax integrates UV flexo and digital variable data printing and verification with in-line cold foiling, sheeting and stacking in one complete system. Instead of a six-step sheet-fed offset process, the complex cards are now all printed roll-to-sheet in one-pass on this new press.

The press installation was supported by Edale’s Bulgarian partner Dominov and, since it was commissioned, Demax has experienced significant benefits. The first job was 600,000 tickets and, in the last three months, the new press has already printed over 12 million lottery tickets for the Bulgarian market.

The press is also the first in the world to feature Edale’s new integrated AiiR system, a fully autonomous inking and print impression and camera controlled liner and cross registration system. Aiir features camera-based press control technology and guarantees an optimal level of registration not seen before in single pass printing. Bespoke software developed in-house ensures that five additional motors, individually positioned on each print station, adjust the print impression, inking and cross register.

Armin Karl Geiger

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