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Phenix Label – LED UV curing system from GEW for new Omet press

Left to right: Todd Fatino, VP of innovation; Chris Smith, senior press Operator and Todd Austin, production engineer (all Phenix Labels) beside the company’s new Omet X4 flexo press provided with GEW LED UV curing units (Source: GEW)

USA • In 2016 Phenix Label of Olathe, Kansas installed a new Omet X4 ten-colour flexo press provided with ten GEW-designed LW1 LED UV curing stations, intended for self-adhesives label stock, shrink sleeves and thin film substrates.

With these curing units, Phenix Label are able to operate full hybrid UV curing, working with both mercury arc and LED lamp technology on the same press. Mercury arc cassettes and LED cassettes both use the same lamphead casing, the same Rhinio power supply and the same touch screen control. The operator swaps the required cassette and the Rhino power supply automatically recognizes which type of cassette is installed in the machine, switches from low voltage DC power for the LEDs to high voltage AC for the arc lamps and changes the display on the control panel accordingly.

Phenix Label also operate and Omet iFlex with six GEW LW1 LED stations and they retrofitted an Aquaflex Instaflex press with eight GEW LW1 LED stations, replacing an older system. All of the printing machines at Phenix Label are now fitted with GEW UV curing systems.

Phenix Label Company, Inc. is a business with a longstanding tradition in the manufacture of self-adhesive labels with headquarters in Olathe, Kansas. It was originally founded in 1896 and today continues to be a family-owned business run by Hans M. Peter, the founder’s great-grandson. Their product range includes innovative labelling and packaging solutions for the food and beverage sector, for beauty and personal products and the pharmaceutical and automotive industries with a strong emphasis on exceptional service and rigorous quality management.

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Armin Karl Geiger

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