Labelexpo Americas

Bobst – Advantages of digital flexo technology at Labelexpo Americas

USA • The company will present a range of technology and process solutions in printing and converting for the global label industry at Labelexpo Americas. Star of the show on the booth 5721/5722/5726/5728 in Hall F will be the Digital Flexo process, whose performance will be demonstrated on the BOBST M6 mid-web inline UV flexo press.

The advantages of Digital Flexo, which is part of the Bobst Digital Automation program, are said to make the press operation fast, flexible and reliable, allied with a consistently high quality of the output. Using new low migration UV curable inks and Digital Flexo automation, the company has developed solutions that offer set-up times comparable to digital printing. According to Bobst, thanks to a fully digitized press operation, the machine can run non-stop, affording on-the fly job changes, creating less than 10 metres (33 ft) of substrate waste and taking only one minute in set-up time.

The technology runs conforming to the seven-colour extended gamut (ECG) technology promoted by the REVO team and boosts the advantages of a production-driven, repeatable and controllable digital process. ECG is one of several technologies, including digital press automation and standardization of the technology chain, that are the focus of the methodology being developed by the REVO team partners to make available to flexo label and packaging converters off the shelf solutions with a defined protocol of consumable, software and hardware technologies that will enable them to start producing using a “digitized” flexo process. To illustrate the REVO project to Labelexpo visitors, Bobst is dedicating a part of the stand to this development.

Visitors to the stand will also be introduced to the very wide and comprehensive range of solutions BOBST offers in the different segments of the label industry. These include the brand new MW 85F CI flexo press, printing at line screens up to 70 lines/cm and the CL 750D compact laminator, which are especially suited for customers looking for efficiency in short run production, as well as silicone and adhesive coating solutions and vacuum metallizing solutions for the labelstock industry.

Armin Karl Geiger

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