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Codimag – Offset technology for medium print runs

Codimag’s Viva press with Aniflo inking and colour management system

USA • Digital label presses for short-run projects less than 2000 ft (610 m) have gained attention in recent years. However, short-run jobs only make up a small share of most label companies’ yearly sales. Many label converters struggle with short- to medium-run sizes, less than 25,000 feet (7,620 m), often with multiple SKUs. Some label converters will produce larger short runs using digital equipment. However, the slow speed of digital equipment translates to longer production time. Other label converters use flexo equipment for larger short-run orders, which reduce profits due to higher costs that include more waste, plates and longer setup time. Hybrid digital presses have become an alternative. Yet, many hybrid digital presses have color management and quality issues.

Codimag’s Viva press with Aniflo technology combines the colour consistency of an anilox with the low prepress cost and consistent quality of offset with the efficiency of an intermittent press platform. The patented Aniflo inking and color management system distributes exceptional color consistency and repeatability. Benefits of the Viva press include no plate cylinders to switch, do die cylinders to change, no impression settings required, no priming required when standard substrates are used, simple colour management system, extended color gamut using Esko Equinox, and in-line finishing (screen, varnish, lamination, hot/cold foil and die cutting). Production speed is up to 200 fpm (61 m/min), or 12,000 impressions per hour.

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Armin Karl Geiger

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