GERMANY • The global flexo machine and ancillary provider highlights the importance of co-supplier collaboration for optimising packaging solutions at drupa 2016. The company will host daily “Speaker’s Corner” presentations by industry experts from global flexo printing technology providers at its stand (Hall 10 Stand 54).
Speakers include representatives from ink manufacturer Siegwerk, flexo tape supplier Lohmann Tapes, ancillary supplier Inometa, press control manufacturer BST eltromat as well as Tresu. In head-to-dead discussions, participants will explain how their developments in areas such as inks, ancillaries, substrates and process efficiency have improved the competitiveness of the flexo process. The discussions will be moderated by Dr. Sean Smyth, an independent consultant and analyst who works with Smithers Pira and acts as Group Technical Editor for Whitmar Publications.
Siegwerk, one of the leading providers of printing inks for packaging applications, labels, and catalogues, will talk about its new inks and varnishes for paper and board applications. The company has introduced a water-based flexo ink series for paper and board applications named UniXYL, which is formulated with renewable, forestry-based components. UniXYL now belongs to Tresu’s certified ink series recommended for their printing presses. Siegwerk has also developed a high-gloss UV overprint varnish (OPV) for TRESU’s coating systems that integrate with digital printing lines for folding carton printing presses.
For Lohmann, the German flexo tape supplier, the use of a Tresu print-simulation unit at its FlexoLAB has enabled them to explore the behaviour of tapes in realistic working conditions and develop new products with optimised bonding properties. Lohmann will explain how trials resulted in the development its new DuploFLEX EB range of double-sided plate mounting adhesive tapes. The Tresu simulator played an important role in developing a tape that balanced plate stability at high speed with the ability to demount without damaging plate or sleeve – an issue of growing importance due to the increasing frequency of repeat orders. It also provided insight into the optimised cleaning processes.
Tresu Group’s innovation and R&D manager, Christian Fogh, will explain how enclosed ink supply systems, featuring the company’s F10 iCon supply system and chamber doctor blades, provide the means for controlling ink circulation, eliminating leakage, raising ink yields and assuring uncontaminated ink supply at correct densities, at speeds of up to 600m/min (1969 fpm).