Nearly 150 people attended the Flexo Innovation Open House hosted by MPS Systems North America on Oct. 26, the company announced Monday.
The event, organized by MPS, Green Bay Packaging, EMT, Kodak, Domino and RotoControl, started with a morning program at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. After a welcome by MPS and Green Bay Packaging, presentations were given by Kodak, Domino and RotoControl. MPS also presented “the next step forward in flexo.”
Visitors also perused the tabletop exhibits of more than 25 industry partners and enjoyed a view into the stadium.
After lunch, visitors were transported by touring buses to the Technology and Applications Center of MPS and Green Bay Packaging. At the brand-new facility, MPS demonstrated operation of the EF multi-substrate press, as well as the EF’s capability to hold tight register. The jobs were printed with Kodak Flexcel NX plates and utilized Green Bay Packaging self-adhesive BOPP substrate.
The images in the first job demonstrated the ability to hold tonal range and flesh tones across a wide range 175 LPI to 600 LPI. The second print job highlighted the capability to print four colors UV flexo at 1,000 LPI. The third job was printed on unsupported BOPP film, showing a unique “Motion Optics 3D lenticular” job where the EF held a 2.6-micron line with five colors in register at 656 ft./min.
“The exceptional quality and ultra-fine adjustment capabilities of the MPS EF press have allowed us to stretch the already formidable capabilities of flexography into the, before now, unachievable realms of security, lenticular, and exceptionally high line screen ruling print,” said Jeff Toepfler, design and pre-press partner from Imageworx.
The EF multi-substrate press is a highly automated, user-friendly press that was locally built in Green Bay by manufacturing partner EMT. Also demonstrated during the open house were EMT’s new RobustCut side-load die station and RotoControl’s RSC 440 inspection/slitter rewinder.
“Due to all the hard work of our local team and our partnerships with key suppliers, we were able to organize this impressive event,” said Kees Nijenhuis, vice president of MPS North America. “We would like to thank all visitors, partners and table top suppliers for making this open house an enormous success.”
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