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TRESU Tape Suited for Folding Carton Lines

KOLDING, DENMARK | TRESU introduces iTape, an adhesive tape formulated to optimize stability, print quality, and efficiency when used with sleeves on flexo coaters that are integrated with digital folding carton printing lines. 

iTape is said to maintain stability of flexo sleeve on coating machines integrated with digital folding carton presses

Developed in partnership with Lohmann Bonding Engineers, Neuwied, Germany, iTape is adhesive on both sides and features a filmic carrier that enables superior dot gain control and precise control of varnish transfer at maximum speeds of 4,600 sheets/hr. The tape is also said to enable fast, frictionless demounting without the chance of damage to the sleeve.

Kim Krintel, VP of TRESU’s Digital Solutions division that specializes in coating solutions for digital folding carton printing lines, says, “iTape gives folding carton printers an adhesive that is fine-tuned to deliver stability at high speeds and save consumable costs in situations where short production runs and repeat orders are frequent requirements. With the introduction, [our company] gives printers who integrate a flexo coating operation into their production line a single, complete source of perfectly compatible equipment, varnish media, and consumable products that have been rigorously tested for smooth and efficient operation.”

TRESU and Lohmann have collaborated closely for several years, with the aim of improving cost-effectiveness of the flexo process. The use of a TRESU print-simulation unit at Lohmann’s FlexoLAB research center has enabled the company to explore the behavior of tapes in realistic working conditions and develop new products with improved bonding properties. TRESU says Lohmann has also achieved advances in tape performance for a range of high-speed flexo applications due to tests on the Flexo Innovator printing line at the TRESU Demo Center, located at the company’s global headquarters in Kolding.

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