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A Speedy Solution
Label printer Freppel-Edac, headquartered in Cedex, France, recently took delivery of a Bobst SPeria Foilmaster for foiling and die-cutting. Freppel-Edac reports the purchase of the new machine was justified by the large markets it was unable to reach with a cylinder machine, which was capable of only 1,500 sheets/hr, while it needed to be foiling at 5,000 sheets/hr.

Freppel-Edac director Denis Maciuk says he made his choice from among European manufacturers, settling on the SPeria for its speed [as well as its] "capacity for die-cutting and stripping, in addition to foiling….The other machines could die-cut but were not in any way comparable to the SPeria Foilmaster."
Bobst Group—bobstgroup.com

Gearless Press Offers Flexibility
Carint SrL, Milan, Italy; +39 (0)29217071;
The Cyberflex OF.G gearless flexographic press features a shaftless driven central drum and prints using rotogravure technique with sleeves. Said to offer significant advantages compared to traditional rotogravure printing presses in both flexibility, due to the use of sleeves, and financial savings.

Slitter is Modular
FAES, Wollerau, Switzerland; +41 44 787 54 54;
The Quadro L-Line slitter/rewinder is designed for use in the label production industry and reportedly provides the perfect solution for companies seeking optimal performance combined with state-of-the-art design. Line features modular design.

Make Many Types of Pouches
Water-Line, Lugano, Switzerland; +41 91 935 9324;
The Ritebag high-speed pouchmaking machine offers two- or three-side seal pouches; stand-up pouches with gusset folded or inserted; zipper pouches; side gusset bags (from one or four reels); and retort pouches. Suited for the production of customized medical pouch solutions, including three-side seal pouches, chevron; specialty pouches, and header bags. Also is for dedicated production of side gusset bags, single or double-lane, made from one reel. Various options can be added to offer the maximum bag range.

Two New Slitter/Rewinders
Proslit/Comexi Group, Girona, Spain; +34 972 477 744;
The Duo 2 twin-shafted slitter/rewinder is capable of speeds to 2,000 fpm (optional 2,600 fpm). Fully electric, with no hydraulics, unit features Advanced Linear Tracking System for high quality control. The Compack 2 slitter/rewinder also has twin shafts and is able to reach speeds to 1,600 fpm. Both are available in widths of 34, 53, and 64 in.

Wrinkle-Free Winding, No Foldback
Windmoeller & Hoelscher, Lengerich, Germany; +49 (0) 5481/140;
The knife-in-drum concept of the contact roller on company's Filmatic winders reportedly increases the quality of the finished roll of extruded film. Patented vacuum contact drum (VSK) enables a right-angled cut and eliminates foldback of the web when starting a new roll. At roll changeover, the knife integrated in the drum shoots out, severing the web instantly with a clean cut. Vacuum effect across the entire width of the roller just before the knife cuts the web adds to film quality by eliminating creases in web, company says.

Log Slitter has Many Features
CMC Cevenini, Milan, Italy; +39 039 604 2569;
The automatic ED420-NM5 log slitter has a 16-in.-dia capacity and a 65-in. maximum working width. Additional features include a flip safety guard to protect the operator when the main shield is opened; a programming panel on a swivel arm for greater display of the pre-selected working data; an automatic, programmable blade-sharpening unit with a de-burring assembly; and high-speed blade carriage indexing by means of a brushless motor.

Expose Conventional Offset Plates with UV Light
L├╝scher, Leutwil, Switzerland; +41 62 767 76 22;
Digital platesetter for the XPose! platesetter can expose conventional offset plates with UV light. New imaging head with violet laser diodes allows the production of conventional offset plates. Company recommends this for printers that want to start CTP without increasing their plate costs considerably in the future. Company adds all XPose! platesetters produced in the future will be able to be converted from thermal to UV conventional or vice versa. Platesetters will be available commercially in September 2006.

Treat in Nonstop Production
Vetaphone, Kolding, Denmark; +45 76 300 333;
The Corona-Plus heavy-duty station is designed to meet demands of nonstop production and the high specs for pull stations. Stations can treat one or both sides and can be fitted with a wide range of electrodes for optimum treating efficiency with every type of substrate. Smarter design is said to make stations easier to operate and maintain.

Shaft Saves Money
Ashe Converting Equipment, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK; +44 1473 710912;
The ADS differential shaft allows converter to speed production by slitting and finishing more rolls with varying widths, saving time and money in the process. Recommended for JIT applications or when frequent changes of core size are required.

Coat at High Speeds
Polytype Converting, Fribourg, Switzerland; +41 26 426 1211;
Vertical nip feed system reportedly offers higher coating speeds with equal coating quality compared to other methods. Also said to enable lower metering roll speeds. Features a large wetting surface, low air entrainment with minimal foam creation, and an enclosed system to reduce solvent evaporation. Can be retrofitted into existing coaters.

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