BRUSSELS, Belgium—At this year’s Labelexpo Europe, Omet‘s main attractions were the three printing lines, Omet iFlex, Omet X6.0 and Omet X6 Offset, presented with live demonstrations showing also the concepts of the Industry 4.0.
Omet reports the Omet iFlex drew particular attention thanks to its new version with specific chill rolls. It’s meant to allow for perfect printing results through ease of use, intuitiveness and quick operations.
Omet iFlex is a narrow web printing press 14-in wide (370 mm), with maximum speed of 623 feet (190 meters) per minute and printing repeat from 5.5-in to 18-in. It offers the possibility to print with different technologies, such as flexo UV, UV LED or water-base and rotary screen printing, with inline die cutting (repeat from 8-in to 24-in).
Omet iFlex is a made-in-Italy narrow web press dedicated to the label market, able to produce all kinds of labels, including wraparound and shrink labels, thanks to the possibility to implement the specific Film Asset. Omet says it is the ideal solution to start a new business in the label market, a growing sector attracting more and more players, or to enhance an already qualified machine range, since it is perfect for both short and long runs.
Its main strong point is the functional design: it features short web path to minimize startup waste and it requires low maintenance and minimum spare parts thanks to its compact but very ergonomic design, poor for wearing components, making it a real cost-effective solution. It features unique smart applications, specifically conceived to make the entire printing process easier and intuitive.
iLight is an innovative pre-registration system with laser pointer on every flexo unit. The laser beam indicates the ideal alignment of the print cylinder, allowing quicker job changeover and register setup. A second laser system is installed inside the die cutting unit to help the operator in positioning the flexible die with no mistakes. iVision is the register adjustment system allowing for color-to-color register setting in real-time, through a set of smart cameras, one on each printing unit. The operator needs few seconds to adjust the mark just by watching the image on the dedicated display. iLight and iVision combination drastically reduces set-up time and waste, making every operation extremely easy and intuitive.
Like all Omet printing lines, Omet iFlex promises a superior print quality thanks to a new direct driven transmission on the impression cylinder: iDrive. This exclusive system increases the print precision and erases the common issues of flexo printing: it is the only narrow web press with only one gear per print unit, which enables better performance and higher stability, without any gear mark issue.
Omet iFlex is a complete line configurable with different finishing and converting options. The Easy-Change Die Cut unit with ECDC system is meant to eliminate long changeover time through a special sliding device, which facilitates the handling of heavy magnetic cylinders, with no need for lifting devices and no effort for the operator. The new version of Omet iFlex features further improvements in the converting section, such as the addition of the sheeting station and the evolution of the exclusive Rock’n’Roll matrix stripping unit, now with “Dual Function” capability to provide higher stripping performance with all kind of label shapes. It can work in two different ways according to the type of substrate and the die cutting shape: either as contact-style or as tower-style system.