A gearless central impression flexo printing press has been launched by Uflex and Comiflex SRL. Dubbed “Uflexo Elisa,” the 8-color press is a first-of-its-kind in India.

This C.I. flexo press can handle a web width of 1350 mm with an attainable speed up to 400 meters per minute depending upon the type and quality of materials to be printed, inks, plates and ink coverage with color overlay, among others. The press can work with both water and solvent-based inks for printing a variety of substrates, such as HD-LDPE (14 -100 microns), polypropylene (10 – 50 microns), PET (10 – 50 microns) and paper (40 – 80 gsm).

Explaining specific details about the machine, Mr. Sanjay Malik Sabharwal, Executive Vice President, Engineering Business said,

“The central impression cylinder is a double-walled steel drum with a diameter of 1400 mm mounted on self-alignment roller bearings, rectified and provided with water circulating system,” says Sanjay Malik Sabharwal, executive vice president, Uflex Engineering Business. “High precision digital ratio encoder is connected in axis with the C.I. cylinder to give a perfect synchronisation between central impression, plates and anilox mandrels.

“We have deployed a patented technology to reduce the consumption of solvent required in cleaning the press, bringing it down from 100 percent to almost 10 percent. Not only does this save on solvent, but also on time and energy. Uflex also offers auto color registration and correction. Uniform temperature is maintained around the C.I. drum for achieving better printing.”