Increasing volumes of shorter run jobs with smaller repeat lengths now drive the fast-growing global flexible packaging market. At the same time, brand owners prefer single suppliers for all, or most, of their packaging needs, while demanding more from them. Nilpeter helps converters remain competitively agile with the fully servo-driven FA-6* mid-web flexo press. It produces high quality, cost effective flexible packaging, as well as self-adhesive labels, using multiple substrates.
Fully-customised configurations can include one or more of Nilpeter’s state-of-the-art multi-purpose MP-6 converting units. Designed as ‘quick-change’ platforms, they have automatic unwind and rewind capabilities. Film-based products include wrap-around labels, tube laminates, pouches, sachets, and shrink sleeves. MP-6 units offer multiple high intensity air drying and UV-curing of process work, inks, adhesives, and coatings.
Inline functions include high-speed solvent and water-based flexo printing with a reverse-side capability. A UV-cured lamination capability includes glossy effects, surface protection, barrier solutions, and cold foiling. There is also a solvent dry lamination capability for special laminates, barriers, pouches, and sachets.
Other value-adding options include the G-6 gravure unit. Using easy-load cassettes, it prints metallic inks, opaque white and special coatings, which increase the decorative options for flexible packaging. Reversible ink-heads allow front or reverse-side printing. G-6 units have adjustable doctor blades, an ink circulation system, viscosity control and a drying and vacuum system for use with solvent-based products.
As other Nilpeter presses within the FA-Line, the FA-6* is configured with a series of unique functions and systems designed for optimum efficiency. They include the CLEANINKING system for water-based or UV-cured flexo inks, and the PowerLink control system with individual job-change functions. The FA-6* operates to high tolerance standards, while the dot-gain characteristics for flexo printing ensure high-quality products.
The Nilpeter FA-6* has a maximum print width of 560mm (22 in). Its innovative sleeve system permits an extra-short web path with easy loading of tooling to reduce substrate wastage. The repeat length is 304.8-635mm (12-22 in) for flexo and 457.2-635mm (18-25 in) for die-cutting. The press has a top mechanical speed of 175 m/min (574 ft/min).
The gravure repeat length of the G-6 is 457.2-635mm (18-25 in).