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Pollard Banknote: Investment in flexo line with 22 printing units

USA Pollard Banknote, a global supplier of instant lottery products and services, has signed a two-digit million US$ agreement to purchase a 22-station TRESU flexo printing and converting line in order to meet a significant increase in demand for gaming solutions. To be installed at Pollard Banknote’s 8361 m² (90,000 ft²) production facility in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA, the new press will provide a 35% net increase in the corporation’s available print capacity.

Rob Young, Pollard Banknote’s Executive Vice President, Operations, comments: “With its high speed and fully integrated converting capabilities, the new TRESU line will be the most advanced instant ticket press in the lottery industry. The installation will enable the Ypsilanti site to transition to a flexible and efficient single-pass operation, and assist us in reaching our capacity increase targets, in order to support our global customers’ sales growth.”

Features of the press include inkjet imaging towers to print variable game data, along with integrated drying and curing systems to allow easy switching between aqueous, solvent, and UV-ink sets at several printing stations. Automated colour and registration controls from BST eltromat ensure consistent quality throughout the production run.

The press will have a maximum speed of 426.7m/min (1400fpm) and convert foil and card between 203.2 micron (8 point) and 304.8 micron (12 point) thickness into secure instant scratch tickets.

Each flexo station will include TRESU Ancillary’s IMW FlexiPrint E-Line sealed chambered doctor blade systems, to ensure a direct, uncontaminated and pressure-controlled transfer of ink or coating agent to the anilox roll cells at maximum speeds. Resulting benefits are a uniform printed layer, optimised drying efficiency, and higher reflective and gloss values. Its long-life doctor blades are exchangeable in one minute.

Andreas Keller

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