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Monday 12. October 2020
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COVID-19: TRESU at trade fairs 2020 - 2021

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With the health and safety of our customers  and employees in mind, TRESU has decided not to participate in any trade fairs or events until further. 

Due to the lack of visibility how COVID-19 will develop, TRESU has cancelled participation at any exhibitions for the rest of 2020 and for the first 6 months of 2021. This means that TRESU is not exhibiting at drupa 2021.


TRESU is still signed up for trade fairs in second half of 2021 and will be monitoring the situation around these closely. For more details on our trade fair participation we keep an updated list of our trade fair participation on our homepage.


We hope the COVID-19 pandemic will soon come to an end and look forward to the trade fairs we plan to attend in the second part of 2021.

We invite interested customers to join us on-line for a live demonstration and presentation of our products and technology.

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TRESUSolutions
Date:
Friday 04. September 2020
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TRESU iCoat II: Leaping up to a new level of coating for short-run print jobs

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Responding to market demand TRESU now presents an advanced and improved version of TRESU iCoat II. The upgraded version is optimized for coating applications in short-run digital print jobs requiring fast job changes and is capable of speeds up to 6,000 sheets/hour, while accommodating paper sizes up to B2. 

With TRESU iCoat II we have raised the bar for stand-alone coating applications in short-run digital print jobs.

TRESU iCoat II features the industry’s fastest job change with a 30-second sleeve change, proof tray for on-the-run proofing and a recipe storage recalling complex job details at the push of a button.

With unique modularity of the new TRESU iCoat II platform, machine configurations matching any individual customer need are now available. Any configuration can be changed later and more modules added to accommodate any possible future change in brand owners’ printing operations, or changes arising from short-run seasonal fluctuations or fashion cycles. 

Customers only buy what they need – no more, no less.

The modular stand-alone TRESU iCoat II targets a broad span of configurations – from a combi coater with dual varnish system and separate WB and UV circuits for general folding carton applications, to an efficient twin-coater configuration with more advanced single-pass finishing operations for high-end carton. For pharmaceutical packaging applications, an inspection conveyor module can be added, delivering traceability and inspection of individually marked units.

Ronni Nielsen, VP TRESU Solutions Division, comments: “We have significantly boosted the TRESU iCoat II to a new level and with this modular stand-alone version, converters can now match digital printing requirements for fast job changes and switch to a new task with great flexibility”.

Any configuration of TRESU iCoat II is based on proven TRESU flexo technology with genuine TRESU doctor chamber blade and varnish supply technology.

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Friday 21. August 2020
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New TRESU Flexo Democenter

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Get proof and validation.
We are happy to announce, that we have now opened our new TRESU Democenter. The Democenter is located next to our in-house laboratories, test facilities and production areas in order to offer our customers as many valuable synergies as possible.

We continuously optimize and test new edges of our HD flexo printing technology and in our new TRESU Democenter we simulate, test and improve customers’ production setup using their individual substrates and inks or coatings.

Upon agreement customers can ship us their materials and we can proof and validate their ink, coatings and substrates - right from thin cigarette paper to heavy board or plastic foils – on our flexo printing technology in order to proof and validate customers’ concepts.

We can also rebuild the demo line to test any requested component or production in a real-life environment. This saves customers the installation- and downtime for testing purposes, while providing valuable knowledge and new insights.

Located close to an international airport customers are welcome to join us for these tests – and we are happy to offer a virtual live 1:1 validation, if a physical travel is not possible.

Contact sales@tresu.com for further information.

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TRESU Group
Date:
Wednesday 19. August 2020
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Increased Sustainability in Folding Carton

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Today real water-based coatings with no co-solvents or chemical additives is the real sustainable choice – and this choice can be retrofitted into almost any existing production setup.

The right drying capability is a key part of the solution. In fact, producers of folding carton can apply thick water-based coatings at speeds up to 2,600 ft./min with an inline coating unit featuring high-speed hot-air drying.

Instead of buying multiple kinds of board, then regular standard board can be sourced and specific water-based coatings added in an inline production. This reduces the need for various numbers of boards on stock and makes a more efficient sourcing of boards possible. With an in-line setup the entire production process is controlled in a single pass in-house operation – and you only produce what you need.

At TRESU we have made more than 300 modular retro fit solutions and we adapt each solution to individual site requirements. Read more about the technology of our drying units and related equipment on our website - or contact us. We will be happy to share some ideas matching your footprint.

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Wednesday 15. July 2020
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New TRESU US/Amercias Webshop Online

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We now launch our all new US webshop: Explore our great selection of wear and tear parts - for printing and coating equipment combined with a range of webshop features to speed your order and delivery time - and we also ship internationally!


Increase your productivity and set up your account today to secure direct access to critical parts for your value chain – with greater transparency in both invoicing and in shipping: Shop by Press, Part, Equipment or Part Number!

  • Genuine TRESU and Royse spare parts
  • Patented TRESU end seals
  • Wash & Print cleaning detergents – special recipe only from TRESU
  • Genuine TRESU doctor blades
  • New complete dampening water circulators
  • Replacement NOVA pumps and cooling packs

Not registered yet? Get ready and set up your account today: https://www.tresu-webshop.com/us 


We are here to help you set up your account:
- Call: +1 866 873 7887
- Mail: spareparts-us@tresu.com


The Right Recipe for the Best Print: Genuine Parts From TRESU.

Make the right choice and stay ahead - go to www.tresu-webshop.shop/us for genuine doctor blades, patented end seals and special recipe washing detergents. Here is where you get the right recipe for the best print!


The Three Key Reasons to Source Genuine Parts

You have bought the best chamber doctor blade systems, so why buy spare parts in any other quality than the genuine?

  • Performance - Genuine parts are designed from the right compounds and with the right geometry and are built to accommodate your print job on the long run
  • Safety - Genuine parts are backed and supported by a proven supplier
  • Durability - Aftermarket wear parts are often built to be used in a variety of different chambers - and can result in the need for parts replacement or even repairs


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Tuesday 09. June 2020
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Folding Carton Webinar with TRESU, KODAK and BWP Zerand

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Creative and Sustainable Folding Carton Production with Lower Cost: 
You can have it all!

Join industry leaders TRESU, KODAK Inkjet Digital Solutions and BWP Zerand to review key concepts, driving the changes in creative print flexibility, sustainable print quality and efficiency in folding carton production.

Register for the webinar on June 18, 2020 at 2 pm CEST- click here.

During this webinar subject matter experts will cover key concepts and innovative solutions followed by time for questions:

  • TRESU technology enables sustainable HD-quality printed folding cartons at the industry’s lowest cost in a single pass. Ronni Nielsen, Vice President, TRESU explains how.
  • KODAK Inkjet Digital Solutions deliver the highest speed, quality and lowest cost production for variable data and short run printing - illustrated by Dan Denofsky, WW Director OEM Partnership Development, KODAK
  • BWP Zerand offers a more efficient way to produce folding cartons with 25,000 sheets/hour in one operation, less waste, less operators, less WIP and less space - elaborated by Steve Brimble, VP Strategic OEM Accounts, BWP Zerand

Join us for a great hour of folding carton inspiration.

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Friday 29. May 2020
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Upgrade Your Sheet Fed Offset Printing Machine.

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Adding new varnish functionality and pressure control technology might be your key to open up new markets with advanced finishing:

·         Full or Spot Coating

·         Combinations of Matt and Gloss

·         Scented Coatings or Haptic Surfaces

·         Metal Pigment Silver or Gold inks Glitter Coatings and Iriodin


New Varnish Functionality for Leading Offset Printing Machines Like Heidelberg, Manroland, KOENIG & BAUER, Komori and Many Others

Open up new opportunities and upgrade your existing printing machine to deliver creative customer appealing prints and finishing.

By simply adding proven flexo printing technology with a few components

·         Coater Head

·         Chamber Doctor Blade System

·         Circulator

you gain the ability to print consumer appealing products with advanced finishing - with your existing offset printing machine.


TRESU provides customised coating units for the world’s leading offset press manufacturers. These can be specified with new printing presses, or retrofitted after installation - either inline or integrated with other finishing processes parallel to the printing press.  
Contact sales@tresu.com for further details on upgrades and retrofits


With TRESU's proven Pressure Control Technology you can eliminate micro-foaming and blisters in your varnish.
Adding the L10i Aqua/UV & L30i Combi or XL5i circulator to control your UV, WB or special sensitive coating applications, you can now both save resources and exploit the full creative potential of the coating media for eye-catching designs and strong branding.

L10i Aqua/UV & L30i Combi and XL5i are benchmark proofs of our dedication in offset applications.

Contact sales@tresu.com for details on TRESU's proven Pressure Control Technology.


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Thursday 28. May 2020
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Virtual Tour: TRESU is Open for Visits...

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Well, it´s no secret, that we all feel the impact of COVID 19 and we can´t travel to visit our customers at present. 


Instead we offer to let our customers visit us…virtually.
We are happy to announce, that we are open for live video visits and we would be happy to give a guided live video tour of our factory, products and showroom. 


If you have an interesting project and want to know more about flexo printing technology and about  TRESU – we are open for your visit! 

Contact sales@tresu.com to set up a guided factory tour or product demonstration.

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Tuesday 12. May 2020
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Customized CI Flexo Print Machine Design

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CI flexo print units from TRESU can be customized in four different ways, according to space and layout constraints - both designed for new manufacturing lines as well as retrofitted into exiting lines. 

Moreover, with servo drives, a high degree of automation and efficient drying systems included, the unit can integrate smoothly, performing with a minimum of operator intervention and setup times. 

A crucial concern is to include the printing units without disrupting the logistics and operator performance around the manufacturing line. 
Space availability – in terms of area or height – is likely to be scarce. As a result, the unit, based on a common impression formation, is contained in a compact housing. 

TRESU has developed four ways of integrating the printing process with existing converting machines, based on many years’ retrofitting experience in the manufacturing sector - click here to see an example of how this can be done. 

Contact kpa@tresu.com if you would like to hear more about the four ways of integration.
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Monday 04. May 2020
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Looking to Upgrade Your Production Line?

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If you think, that the current business climate is not mature for any large capital investments, then there are many other efficient ways to upgrade or retrofit your production line – and achieve a fast return on the upgrade.


Increased productivity: Upgrade existing equipment

Sustainability: From solvents to WB printing and coating

New features: Add functionality to your line


Retrofit Solutions: Coating, Printing or Gluing

Sleeve change system: Print and anilox roller

Hot-air drying: IR, UV or EB curing system

Improvements of tension to reduce crimping

Double sided printing or higher speed

Freestanding or in-line units


190107-0177_325pxContact sales@tresu.com for details on how we can upgrade or retrofit your installation.

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Monday 04. May 2020
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Looking to Upgrade Your Production Line?

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If you think, that the current business climate is not mature for any large capital investments, then there are many other efficient ways to upgrade or retrofit your production line – and achieve a fast return on the upgrade. 

  • Increased productivity: Upgrade existing equipment
  • Sustainability: From solvents to WB printing and coating
  • New features: Add functionality to your line


Retrofit Solutions: Coating, Printing or Gluing:

  • Sleeve change system: Print and anilox roller
  • Hot-air drying: IR, UV or EB curing system
  • Improvements of tension to reduce crimping
  • Double sided printing or higher speed
  • Freestanding or in-line units 


Contact sales@tresu.com for details on how we can upgrade or retrofit your installation.

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Tuesday 31. March 2020
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TRESU L10i Aqua/UV and L30i Combi G3: Pushing the boundaries for automation, level control and connectivity in offset coating applications.

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TRESU introduces the third-generation coating circulator enabling sheet-fed and web offset printers to save resources while exploiting high speed coating, with full control and no the risk of micro-foaming and blisters.


Introducing a new range of opportunities in automation, connectivity and level- and pressure control, the new L10i Aqua/UV and L30i Combi G3 pushes the boundaries for automated high-quality coating operations in offset printing. Offset coating applications will now benefit from high-quality coating with an increased product life time and a more efficient use of resources with less waste - increasing overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).


Henrik Kristensen, VP TRESU Ancillary, explains: “The new L10i Aqua/UV and L30i Combi G3 opens new opportunities for controlling coating operations and is a proof of our dedication to deliver benchmark solutions to the offset industry. It really pushes the boundaries for automation, level control and connectivity, but still features our proven pressure technology eliminating air and micro foaming. In short, with the new L10i Aqua/UV and L30i Combi G3 as a central part controlling your UV or water-based coating application you can now save resources and still deliver uniform high-speed coatings with creative, exciting effects – tactile as well as visually exciting – including coatings with micro-encapsulated scents”.


The built-in intelligence of the new L10i Aqua/UV and L30i Combi G3 features a range of control opportunities with automation and auto adjustments of – as well as recommendations and warnings for - coating pressure, tray level sensors, flow sensors, connected supply and waste level sensors as well as anilox temperature measurements.


Comprehensive data logging for Industry 4.0 operations and insights into statistics, hardware diagnostics and maintenance recommendations are now possible – either hardwired to a PLC or by IP communication (OPC-UA or socket connection).


The new HMI secures that operators waste less time both in the start-up, but also operating the coating application, as the new graphical user interface with intuitive universal icons, signals and colors easily guide operators through operations.


In case future features are needed and modes of operations change, new opportunities and a swift answer to seasonal shifts in brand owners design and volume of demand can be installed in the configurable software or implemented in the modular hardware of the new platform.


The L10i Aqua/UV and L30i Combi G3 is a superior 2-in-1 solution for both aqueous and UV coatings running in separate circuits and it can be operated as a stand-alone product or integrated inline into an existing print setup.

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Monday 30. March 2020
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COVID-19: Technical Hotline open 24/7

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Along with the safety and health of our employees, the delivery of services to our customers remain a top priority and we are fully aware of the importance of providing our services and keeping equipment and machines in essential businesses up running in a time like this.

We are closed for visits and are due to the situation around COVID-19 only travelling inside the US, but we remain open for contact by mail, phone or virtual online meetings. In urgent matters when you need technical troubleshooting: Contact our Technical Hotline 24/7 - we are ready. 

PRINTING MACHINES / ANCILLARIES:

 - Europe and RoW: +45 7027 0029

 - US (Innovator): +1 833 873 7887

 - US (Chillers & ancillaries): +1 866 873 7887

Mail: service@tresu.com


DIGITAL PRINTING / COATING:

 - Global: +45 7022 9935

Mail: service.digital@tresu.com


In a situation like this we endeavor any possible way of supporting you in real time and are right now exploring new steps to provide online  remote service to you. Our service technicians are experienced experts with +15 years of experience within the field of printing and they will be happy to recommend efficient solutions. 

Contact us for information on remote management services: service@tresu.com

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Thursday 26. March 2020
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COVID-19: Security of supply - Spare parts and consumables

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Along with the safety and health of our employees, the deliveries to our customers remain a top priority and we are fully aware of the importance of supplying critical parts to our customers’ value chains. 

All TRESU locations around the world remain open for contact by mail, phone or virtual online meetings in order to support you with any required spare part or consumables inquiry. 

We ship all spare parts and consumables on a day-to-day basis and all our suppliers have confirmed their continued ability to deliver.


Mail us: spareparts@tresu.com


Call us:
- Denmark: +45 2552 9836
- Americas: 866 TRESU US (866-873-7887)
- Japan: +81 6 4703 06 01
- Germany: +49 506 691 74286
- Italy: +39 02 96 59 202


Shop online: Create your secure account and shop online: tresu.shop 

Shop by press, part, category or part number. TRESU remains devoted to keeping customers’ operations running at the highest possible capacity and we strive to deliver as promised to all our customers with minimal disruption.

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Thursday 12. March 2020
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COVID-19: Visitor guidelines for TRESU

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We have been monitoring the situation around the development of COVID19 globally and in Denmark and over the last week the development has picked up and COVID 19 seems to gain further momentum.


Due to the safety of our employees and people visiting TRESU’s sites around the world, we naturally follow the guidelines recommended by international and local authorities in the countries, where TRESU is present.


Our offices and our factory are still in operation, but we have implemented visitor guidelines and restricted access to our locations, so if you plan a visit to TRESU, please reach out to your contact person before you visit us and before you plan your travel in order to ensure, that your visit can take place in accordance with recommended guidelines.


Please consider if your visit can be replaced by online virtual meetings instead.


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Tuesday 10. March 2020
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TRESU drupa Preview (Postponed to 2021)

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At drupa 2020, TRESU (Hall10, stand B41) shows how its customized flexo equipment, systems and printing machines reduce the Cost to Print in flexo, digital and offset printing. TRESU will display a range of solutions for optimized ink and coating supply, coating systems and inline flexo printing as well as a Customer Care program. As part of the drupa Cube conference program TRESU also presents “The Future for Flexo Printing”.


Flexo ancillary equipment solutions for automated, waste-free ink supply and control

TRESU’s flexo ancillary equipment provide automated and controlled ink circulation. By optimizing ink flow, pressure and viscosity TRESU secures a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate, without any air contamination.

At drupa2020 TRESU launches the new 3rd generation ink and coating circulation technology represented in a range of color- and coating circulators: TRESU L30i Combi, XL5i and FX. They all share a modular platform designed with built-in intelligence offering converters new control, connectivity and data opportunities in print and coating operations.

TRESU also presents a line of carbon fiber chamber doctor blade systems and at drupa 2020 launches a new chamber doctor blade system with unique flow characteristics.
All chambers feature TRESUs proven fast and safe doctor blade exchange, offering airtight closure and a clean and blister-free print.
TRESUs program of chamber doctor blade systems cover carbon fiber, ceramic and aluminum chamber doctor blade systems from narrow web labels and up to 6000 mm wide webs for corrugated board printing.


Next generation coating technology for folding carton
TRESU coating systems are designed for integration with sheet-fed digital folding carton and commercial printing presses, providing a seamless single-pass printing and converting line.
The new TRESU iCoat II is designed on a flexible modular platform, which can be configured from a selected range of modules and functionalities at any time in order to accommodate any need and change in brand owners’ printing operations. Highlighted on HPs stand at drupa2020, the TRESU iCoat II features significantly improved registration and tighter tolerances enabling high-end coating results for a wider range of thin and thick substrates.


High-speed customized in-line flexo printing with fast job changes

TRESU offers complete customized multi-station flexo printing machines as well as single units for inline printing or coating. TRESU supplies leading global brands within folding carton, lottery, flexible packaging, liquid packaging, paper, nonwoven, tissue, plastic bags, paper packaging and wall paper with an accumulated 35 years of engineering print knowledge.  

At drupa2020 TRESU also presents a flexo print unit to highlight the productivity and flexibility of its web-fed inline flexo printing units.


TRESU Customer Care

TRESU has introduced a new lifecycle product management program called Customer Care.
This allows customers worldwide to gain maximum value from complete workflows with TRESUs high performance printing machines and equipment, as well as printing production processes, in order to help customers, drive down excess waste, cost and down time. TRESU Customer Care increases the overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), while minimizing the Cost to Print and secures a continuous production output with regular maintenance, genuine spare parts, expert service engineers and trained technicians.


TRESU taking part in drupa Cube: Embracing the future of printing.

At the drupa CUBE series of presentations, where senior speakers represent the leading companies of the printing industry, TRESUs R&D Director Christian Fogh-Hansen will present “The Future for Flexo Printing” and assess how flexographic printing can contribute to the future agenda of printing and how it is a part of the solution on the sustainability agenda.

CEO of TRESU Heidi Jorgensen comments: “Trends towards reducing the Cost to Print have made controlled print processes a top priority on converters’ agenda today – and sustainable printing is rising in demand at the same time.
TRESU’s customized flexo solutions, from ancillary products to multi-station printing lines, are helping converters meet these challenges. A visit to TRESU at drupa 2020 will give first-hand appreciation of how TRESU solves the equation of reducing the Cost to Print while securing customers’ green footprint”.

Meet TRESU: Hall10B41

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Tuesday 10. March 2020
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TRESU iCoat II: Next Generation Coating Technology for Folding Carton

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TRESU has consolidated the successful partnership with HP Indigo to supply the next generation of inline coating solutions for the new HP Indigo 35K digital press.

TRESU iCoat II delivers high-end coating opportunities for digital printing using industry-standard UV or water-based varnish in a single production pass and is capable of applying spot, partial or full surface coating immediately after the printing stage.
The new generation TRESU iCoat II features significantly improved registration and tighter tolerances enabling high-end coating results for a wider range of substrates – both thinner and thicker.

The new TRESU iCoat II was developed in synergy with HP Indigo and as the result of a successful partnership for more than 8 years, TRESU now presents a new fully integrated inline coating solution enabling higher productivity and full inline connectivity with HP’s Indigo 35K digital press.

Folding carton customers will now benefit from a competitive solution based on experience, know-how and high-quality components.

The new TRESU iCoat II is designed on a flexible modular platform, which can be updated with further modules and functionalities at any time in order to accommodate future changes in brand owners’ printing operations or changes arising from short-run seasonal fluctuations or fashion cycles.

VP TRESU Solutions Division, Ronni Nielsen:” With the next generation TRESU iCoat II, the converters in digital printing enter a new era of coating application opportunities and we now present a flexible modular coating solution with significantly tighter registration and tolerances for a wider range of substrates enabling our customers to match the quality they already know from offset.”

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Wednesday 19. February 2020
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Postponed to October: INDEX2020 in Geneva

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Sustainable branding with up to 30% cost reduction in nonwoven production processes?

Modular and flexible inline print solutions with inline flexo printing in the absorbent hygiene and personal care markets, with fast job changes in less than 5 minutes, speeds up to 600m/min - and LESS waste?

Too good to be true? 

Well, meet our team to learn how we reduce the cost of printing for nonwoven solutions: We are at INDEX2020 in Geneva from October 20 - 23  – you will find us at booth 4665. Please contact Business Unit Manager Klaus Paaske or rooba Sivagnanam for an individual presentation and we will prove our case.

Watch our video "Boost your Brand" - or wait for Geneva to watch our new video.


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Tuesday 18. February 2020
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TRESU Flexo Tech Event 2020 - Join us! (Postponed to third quarter 2020)

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Updated March 11th: Due to COVID-19 we have now postponed the event to autumn.


We have moved into new facilities and warmly invite our customers to take part in our Flexo Tech Event together with our invited suppliers and business partners 31st March in our new headquarters in Kolding.

Invitations will be sent out shortly so mark your calendar and enjoy a day of key highlights in proven flexo technology from TRESU and some of our trusted suppliers and business partners – a great opportunity to meet and get set for drupa2020 together with: 

B&R Industrial Automation, BST International, BW Papersystems, D&W Flexomanufaktur, Flexo Wash, FESTO, FlexoConcept, GEW, Halle Karton, IMS Technologies, Inometa, IST METZ, JM Heaford, Madern, Martin Automatic, Mtorres, PrimeBlade, Scanteco, Siegwerk, Siemens, Spilker Scandinavia and Vetaphone.

Looking forward to a great day in March – join us!

Contact Marketing Manager Soren Kristensen for information: skr@tresu.com

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Thursday 12. December 2019
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New Customer Care business unit from TRESU

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TRESU has created a new business unit in order to provide its customers with lifetime support and help customers drive down excess waste, cost and down time. TRESU Customer Care helps customers increase their overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), which impacts the costs of production – and yields a lower cost to print. TRESU Customer Care has two primary goals: maximising uptime and driving down the cost of printing.  


All TRESU customers, including those with chamber doctor blade systems, ink- and coating supply and printing machine equipment, will benefit from the Customer Care service, that now includes both reactive and preventative maintenance support.


“Today’s production environment is far different than it was only a few years ago. Repeatable quality, shorter runs at short notice, reliable workflows and optimal uptime are what printers need to compete effectively today,” says Henrik Kristensen, Vice President, TRESU Ancillary and Customer Care. “These and other issues like reducing waste and energy consumption are what the new Customer Care programme helps to deliver with expert and timely support.”


Among the features of the comprehensive programme are a technical hotline for urgent assistance; scheduled maintenance; spare part assistance  and an online “webshop” with original spare parts and consumables, ready for daily shipments.  Augmenting those provisions are programmes of remote management, machinery upgrades and hands-on training at TRESU’s Training and Demo Center in Denmark.


Ronni Nielsen, Vice President TRESU Solutions, concludes: “With the new Customer Care concept and the future features that are planned, TRESU continues to build its position as a global partner helping its customers drive down the cost of printing. Our team members are dedicated to help converters maximise uptime, eliminate waste, accelerate and ensure repeatable high-quality print with a programme of support designed for their requirements.”

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TRESUSolutions
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Friday 15. November 2019
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Top of mind in today's hygiene industry

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What is top of mind in today’s hygiene industry?

If you missed our presentation at the Hygienix in Houston of how to save up to 30% with Inline Flexo printing in the absorbent hygiene and personal care markets, please contact us for an individual presentation.


With TRESU Inline Flexo printing for diapers, inco products and sanitary napkins we secure fast job changes in less than 5 minutes and speeds up to 600m/min - with less waste. Too good to be true? Contact Klaus Paaske and we will prove our case: kpa@tresu.com


Having inline flexo printing capability means that you can meet demands for branded goods while maintaining the flexibility to competitively offer shorter production runs, shorter lead-times – with costs firmly under control. You can refresh production lines with more frequent design changes, in response to trends or seasonal or demographic demands.


We wish to thank all the interested companies we had meetings with and look forward to the further dialogue on print control, precision, speed and cost savings.

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TRESUAncillary
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Monday 11. November 2019
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TRESU presenting foam eliminating coating concept - UniPrint Combi and coating circulator

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TRESU presenting foam eliminating coating concept at the annual Komori International Open House. 
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At Komori’s annual Open House event, TRESU presented a coating concept for elimination of foaming - Chamber doctor blade system and L i-Series Coating Circulator.


Komori had 3 offset printing machines with coating units on display featuring the proven TRESU UniPrint Combi chamber and either the L10i UV or the L30i Combi coating circulator. The collaboration between Komori and TRESU has developed since the first TRESU UniPrint Combi chamber was installed in the Komori LS 40 printing machine.


The UniPrint Combi chamber is the only solution on the market today able to eliminate foaming completely – a key demand for coating with UV varnishes or water based and sustainable varnishes.


Sustainable printing is a rising demand in the industry and is expected to become a major theme at next year’s upcoming drupa 2020 industry event. 


For further information on how TRESU helps customers eliminate foaming, pls. contact TRESU Sales and Technical Manager Andreas Jüttner

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Thursday 26. September 2019
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TRESU announces sale of multiple-unit Flexo Innovator press to the lottery sector

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TRESU announces the sale of a multiple unit Flexo Innovator press to an international printer of lottery game cards.

 
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Lottery and games card printers have to meet a wide variety of regulations and print requirements for the growing number of games types around the world. Flexibility and versatility are major factors in this specialist application with widely varying run lengths, numbers of colours, coatings and finishing techniques needed in various combinations.


With its modular design, the TRESU Flexo Innovator handles water-based and UV inks, and may include variable printing and station-to-station drying systems, along with a range of finishing operations, in a single pass. Automated ink supply systems with sealed chamber doctor blades featuring TRESU’s pressure-control technology reduce waste and setup times, while ensuring print quality at speeds of up to 800m/min.


Additionally, the Flexo Innovator’s inline configuration facilitates the production of tamper-proof games cards with clear and coloured coatings, inkjet coding and marking, and the option for perforation, creasing, die-cutting, foiling and other game and security enhancements.


“The TRESU Flexo Innovator provides a strong combination of performance benefits to lottery game providers seeking efficient, productive solutions for developing and producing innovative games with complex features,” says Ronni Nielsen, vice-president, TRESU Solutions. “This latest sale is a further endorsement of the Flexo Innovator concept. TRESU has a 70 percent share of the global lottery and games card market and we are gratified that this sale continues to support our leadership position in this dynamic sector.”

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Tuesday 24. September 2019
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TRESU and Flexo Concepts® introduce quick-change plastic doctor blade system at Labelexpo 2019

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TRESU presents the new XL Blade Holder Series that accommodates the TruPoint® plastic doctor blade, complementing the company’s wide range of clamping solutions for traditional steel blades.
 
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TRESU, the world leading manufacturer of chamber doctor blade systems, and Flexo Concepts® have collaborated to introduce a programme of plastic doctor blades with specially designed clamping systems that enable fast, safe exchange and easy integration with chamber doctor blades.

Debuting at Labelexpo Europe 2019, TRESU’s XL Blade Holder Series is a range of clamping systems that are specially modified for securing Flexo Concepts’ TruPoint® plastic doctor blades. These include ‘E-Line’ eccentric clamping systems, available in thicknesses of up to 1.0mm, and ‘P-Line’ pneumatic clamps, in thicknesses up to 1.25mm. These solutions facilitate blade changes in as little as one minute.

Steffan Warming Rasmussen, business development manager, TRESU Americas comments: “Plastic blades are significantly thicker than metal ones and have required screw systems to secure them. The XL Blade Holder Series, developed by TRESU in collaboration with Flexo Concepts, accommodates the greater thicknesses without awkward screws. This has resulted in a comprehensive programme of plastic doctor blades with a fast, safe blade exchange system similar to those used with steel blades. The new solution is compatible with TRESU’s sealed chamber doctor blade systems and also reduces maintenance while enabling cleaner printing at higher speeds.”

The complete range of Flexo Concepts’ plastic doctor blades, together with compatible clamping system, may be retrofitted into existing flexo printing units, and are available via TRESU’s Customer Care department and the TRESU Webshop.

TRESU chamber doctor blades regulate the flow of ink and coating media to the flexo press with reduced manual intervention. They feature the company’s patented seal system that ensures pressure and flow rates are automatically maintained at desired levels. This prevents air contamination of the chamber and enables foam-free transfer of ink / coating directly to the anilox cells at fast speeds.

At Labelexpo Europe 2019, Flexo Concepts will provide daily presentations that demonstrate the simplicity of blade exchange with TRESU’s E-Line and P-Line clamping systems at its stand, 7A 27. TRESU will exhibit its range of chamber doctor blades and ink supply systems for label and packaging applications at stand 7D 53.

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Wednesday 21. August 2019
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TRESU appoints Ronni Nielsen vice president of Solutions Division

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TRESU Group, global supplier of flexographic printing and converting machinery and equipment, announces the appointment of Ronni Nielsen as vice president of TRESU Solutions.
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Ronni Nielsen has a long experience working for TRESU, beginning with an apprenticeship in 1997. With an academic and career background in mechanical engineering (B.Sc.), he has applied his expertise to designing flexo printing presses and has several years’ experience in selling advanced machines to both original equipment manufacturers and end users.

 

He returned to TRESU in 2017 as area sales manager in EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and worked to develop the TRESU Solutions division, focusing on promoting flexo presses for packaging applications with inline finishing. The division’s core products include the Flexo Innovator press for paperboard markets, customised units for integration with packaging and industrial converting lines, and coating systems for digital presses.

  

“The TRESU Flexo Innovator is an exciting press to work with because of its speed, reliability and versatility. Moreover, TRESU is unique for its long history of engineering bespoke solutions for printing, coating and gluing,” Nielsen says. “As an engineer and project manager who has worked with equipment and solutions[Office1]  for the packaging industry for more than twenty years, I have a unique insight into the requirements of packaging printers and converters and can explain the advantages of TRESU Solutions in terms they understand.”

 

Nielsen additionally cites TRESU’s total solutions approach, including ancillary systems after-sales care, as a distinguishing factor in the company’s offering.

 

“TRESU machines incorporate the company’s own pressure-controlled chamber doctor blade and ink supply systems, facilitating stable printing at speed and fast make-ready with reduced waste,” Nielsen says. “With the additional reassurance of our comprehensive support programme, customers are well-placed to respond fast and flexibly to the market’s demands, profitably and sustainably.”

 

Nielsen is based at TRESU’s headquarters in Kolding, Denmark, but will be working closely with TRESU’s network of agents and subsidiary companies to support customers globally. “I am looking forward to working with our strong, knowledgable sales team, backed up by our precision engineering capabilities, to support the TRESU customers I have already come to know,” he concludes.


 

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Monday 19. August 2019
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TRESU presents strengthened customer care programmes and retrofittable narrow-web flexo units

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At Labelexpo Europe 2019, TRESU Group (stand 7D53) presents an expanded range of chamber doctor blades and supply systems for automating ink flow in label and package printing together with strengthened customer care programmes and retrofittable narrow-web flexo units.
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TRESU will also provide information about its strengthened Customer Care programme that helps flexo printers to maximise machine time, and customised retrofittable flexo units for integration with narrow-web coating and printing lines.

TRESU chamber doctor blade systems, in widths from 185mm to 6000mm, feature patented rubber seals, controlling pressure while preventing leakage and air contamination - enabling clean blister-free print with fast drying characteristics and improved gloss values at faster print speeds. Chambers are available in carbon fibre form, featuring light weight and optimum corrosion resistance, while ceramic and aluminium alternatives are also available for various applications.

The TRESU FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber, for widths up to 800mm wide, includes an optimised reservoir, needing no connected pump. Ink may be added without press stoppages. Also exhibited will be TRESU’s new carbon fibre D3P chamber for paperboard and flexible packaging flexo applications between 1200 and 1700mm wide. The chamber provides clean doctoring when working with relatively narrow anilox roll diameters that are common with these applications, and features a smooth ink-repellent internal surface. These features enable controlled ink flow that thus consistent quality prints, at speeds of up to 800m/min.    

Made with a single component and featuring a pneumatic fast blade-change clamping system, the D3P offers superior strength to withstand high printing speeds, and significantly lighter weights than aluminium alternatives, resulting in easier handling, contributing to faster setup times.   

TRESU supply systems automatically control flow, pressure level and colour density, to provide consistent print quality without air contamination, and thorough, fast, simultaneous chamber-cleaning. As part of the automatic cleaning, a high proportion of the unused ink can be returned to the bucket, resulting in significant long-term ink savings.  The chambers can be retrofitted as an upgrade of existing equipment.  TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity, maintaining constant ink density values. It performs automatic ink changes, including chamber cleaning, and ink returns, in minutes, saving significantly on time and materials.

Furthermore, TRESU strengthens its Customer Care programme that provides ancillary and machine customers with a comprehensive, ongoing support package to maximise machine uptime and assure consistent quality.  Services provided include 24/7 support, machine and equipment upgrades, life cycle management, proactive diagnostics to boost performance, and a fast supply of consumable products and spare parts, optionally through an enhanced webshop. 

There will also be information about TRESU’s high performing printing machines and retrofittable solutions for virtually any application, such as printing, coating and gluing units along with hot-air dryers for existing machines.

Henrik Kristensen, vice-president, TRESU Ancillary, comments: “Faster delivery times, customisation and stringent quality standards are now the norm in label and packaging supply chains. TRESU’s programme of ancillary and retrofittable flexo systems, backed up with comprehensive global customer care, provides the flexo printer with a firm basis for automating processes, reducing setup times, eliminating waste and assuring predictable, repeatable results.  Visitors to Labelexpo are advised to schedule an appointment at the show to discover how this offering can be customised to optimise value for their business.”

 
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Thursday 08. August 2019
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TRESU strengthens Customer Care to maximise performance and profitability for flexo printers

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Flexo equipment and machine manufacturer TRESU has strengthened its Customer Care department that provides machine and equipment users with efficient, comprehensive support to maximise value from their investment.
 
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TRESU Customer Care comprises a dedicated team, which provides all users of TRESU products with a responsive, full life-cycle support programme. Owners of TRESU ancillary equipment for ink supply and drying and temperature control systems as well as flexo printing units and presses will benefit from the new programme.

The enhanced services include 24/7 response and machine and equipment upgrades. There is also an optional facility for online ordering of consumables products and spare parts for accelerated delivery.

Other support and services provided by TRESU team include full machine diagnostics for troubleshooting and remote analysis, so engineers can investigate and advise where improvements can be made to optimise performance of printing units and or presses, along with calculating improvements on return of investment.

Henrik Kristensen, vice-president, TRESU Ancillary and Customer Care, comments: “Today’s label and packaging converters must meet stringent service and quality expectations to remain competitive, and there is no room for error, waste or delay in supply chains where fast time-to-market and flexible deliveries are essential.

“It is no longer enough to have the best equipment; having the best support is essential and TRESU is committed to offering both. Our Customer Care department provides the support network required by global brand-owners, and our team members are dedicated to helping converters maximise machine uptime, eliminate waste, accelerate processes, and assure repeatable quality.”


 

 
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Wednesday 10. July 2019
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TRESU’s new D3P carbon fibre chamber doctor blade

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TRESU’s new D3P carbon fibre chamber doctor blade: easier handling, clean printing at high speed for mid-web flexo

 
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Flexo equipment and machine manufacturer TRESU introduces the D3P carbon fibre chamber doctor blade, enabling quality assured, high-speed printing with reduced manual intervention for mid-web applications such as paperboard and flexible packaging.

Available for printing widths between 1200mm and 3000mm, the D3P chamber has a corrosion-resistant carbon fibre composition that is significantly lighter weight than aluminium alternatives, making handling easier and shortening setup times.

The D3P’s design provides an enclosed environment for ink flow, to enable clean, consistent printing at speeds of up to 800m/min. The chamber comes with TRESU’s rubber seal system that automatically maintains ink at constant pressure levels. It is optimally positioned for doctoring on anilox roll diameters that are common with mid-web applications. These features eliminate the risk of leakage and air contamination during production, providing perfect, blister-free print with fast drying characteristics and improved gloss values, at faster speeds.

Ink flow is further optimised thanks to the chamber’s ink-repellent surface, which also facilitates easier cleaning during ink changes. Additionally, its ‘P-Line’ pneumatic clamping system allows fast, safe blade changes.

As with TRESU’s MaxiPrint Concept, the D3P chamber can be fitted with an integrated water nozzle for fast and efficient self-cleaning. Alternatively, it may be connected with TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system that assists in controlling flow, pressure level, colour density and washing.

Constructed as a single piece by resin transfer moulding, the D3P also offers durability to withstand high printing speeds and high-pressure ink flows.

Henrik Kristensen, vice-president, TRESU Ancillary and Customer Care, comments: “The D3P chamber makes an important contribution to mid-web flexo print quality and production efficiency. With its light-weight form, the chamber may be easily retrofitted with existing presses or integrated, as an added-value feature, in the latest designs of OEM presses.”

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Monday 27. May 2019
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TRESU appoints B2Print as agents for its flexo ancillary and machine systems in Russia and the CIS

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TRESU, global provider of flexographic machine and ancillary equipment and drying systems, has appointed B2Print, based in Moscow, as agents to support the company’s growing customer base of packaging converters in the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
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Founded in 2006, B2Print represents several market leading machine, equipment and materials suppliers to the folding carton, corrugated, flexible packaging and label converting industries, including Grafotronik, Durst, MacDermid, Sandon Global and Ruco. With a team of in-house certified engineers, an expanding technical sales team and a logistics department, B2Print offers full support, including installation, application advice and troubleshooting.

Steen Rasmussen, area sales manager, TRESU Group, comments: “Increasingly, converters across Russia and the CIS are realising the significance of automated, enclosed ink supply and chamber systems for optimising machine uptime, quality consistency and waste reduction in flexo printing. The appointment of B2Print, as official TRESU agents in the region, makes us well-placed to meet this growing demand. “B2Print’s strong presence in the narrow-web market means they have a high level of flexographic and installation know-how. This gives us a perfect regional base to provide a responsive, comprehensive service in the local language, along with the high levels of support that our customers elsewhere are accustomed to.”

Sergey Kuzin, general manager and founder of B2Print, comments: “There is a steady growth in flexo printing in Russia, especially in response to increasing demand for carton and flexible packaging. TRESU ancillary systems enhance press performance because of their stability, predictable results and ability to significantly cut setup times. We are already experiencing strong interest in installations on new presses, and in retrofitting programmes to bring older machines with traditional ‘open chamber’ inking systems to the latest global performance standards.”   

B2Print will be introducing TRESU’s complete ancillary programme to the CIS markets at Printech 2019, an exhibition of printing technology, taking place within the RosUpack 2019 packaging trade fair, at Crocus Expo, Moscow, 18 – 21 June (stand number: A455, Hall 13, Pavilion 3.) 

TRESU’s ink supply systems and chamber doctor blades provide a complete solution for automatically supplying ink and coating media to the press, enabling clean, consistent print results, with improved uptime, reduced waste, faster printing speeds and minimal manual input.

The F10 iCon ink supply system provides stable and controlled ink circulation, by maintaining precise flow, pressure and viscosity levels at predetermined values. The system provides significant material and time savings by automatically returning remaining ink to the bucket at the end of the production run, and thorough, simultaneous chamber cleaning in a matter of minutes.

TRESU’s chamber doctor blades, engineered for optimal performance, ink consumption and ink preservation in an enclosed environment, are available with carbon fibre or ceramic surfaces for corrosion-resistance and effective automatic cleaning. Patented seals prevent foaming, ink contamination and leakage, while enabling uniform, accurate ink transfer at high printing speeds. For wide web applications (1600mm to 6000mm / 63in to 236.22in) the carbon fibre MaxiPrint Concept features an integrated nozzle with a water-shot mechanism, allowing efficient chamber and anilox roll cleaning. Other TRESU chamber doctor blades include the SAVEink chamber for narrow web and FlexiPrint Easy chamber for flexible packaging applications.

The highlight of TRESU’s machine offering is its Flexo Innovator press, for high-value paperboard packaging applications, combining outstanding print quality, high output, fast job changes, sustainable printing and ergonomic design. Available in several widths between 670mm and 1700mm (26.38in to 66.92in), the Flexo Innovator is a custom-configured multi-process, inline printing and converting press for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates.

TRESU also specialises in custom-designed retrofittable flexographic units, for integrated coating, printing and gluing on commercial printing, packaging and industrial converting lines. They are designed to apply coating media, ink, silicone and glue to a wide range of papers, plastics and nonwoven substrates. Examples include applying fire-retardant barriers to cigarette paper, anti-slip coating to baking paper, logos and patterns to detergent pouches and nonwoven sanitary napkins, high-quality graphics to wallpaper, and glue for direct-mail newspapers.

 
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Tuesday 07. May 2019
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TRESU highlights flexo machine and ancillary solutions for industrial applications, packaging and digital printing workflows at IST UV Days 2019

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TRESU highlights flexo machine and ancillary solutions for industrial applications, packaging and digital printing workflows at IST UV Days 2019

 
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TRESU is one of 40 partners and suppliers support IST Metz GmbH at the event, which shows how the latest developments in UV, LED and excimer technology contribute to an efficient workflow for producing packaging, labels and a variety of industrial products.
 

Ronni Nielsen, Area Sales Manager, Solutions comments: “As providers of printing machines and complete ink supply systems for four decades, TRESU has been advancing the quality, speed and production efficiency of flexography for industrial and packaging converting. Our stand presentation will show how flexo provides a lean manufacturing solution, adding value to a wide range of UV printing applications.”

Custom-designed retrofittable flexographic units built by TRESU integrate seamlessly with manufacturing lines to apply features that enhance the safety, functionality and brand presentation of their products. They apply coating media, ink and silicone to papers, plastics and nonwoven substrates, inline with other processes and with minimal manual intervention. More than 300 TRESU speciality flexo units have been installed worldwide. Added-value applications include adding fire-retardant barriers to cigarette paper, anti-slip coating to baking paper, logos and patterns to detergent pouches, and sanitary napkins and high-quality graphics to wallpaper. Units can be configured for roll-to-roll, roll-to-sheet and multi-web situations and speeds between 10 and 1000m/min.

TRESU works closely with digital press manufacturers, developing versatile, efficient inline flexo coating systems to meet the demands of very short-run production and variable data. Customised to integrate with sheet-fed digital presses from OEMs, they apply added-value coatings and metallic embellishments to folding carton, papers and synthetic materials for pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and beverage, promotional gift, consumer electronics packaging and commercial printing applications.

The TRESU iCoat 30000 single and twin coaters are available for the HP Indigo Digital Press, while the TRESU Pinta is designed for the Xerox iGenTM series of presses. An inkjet coating system for HP Indigo digital presses, TRESU iJet, is ideal for variable spot coating situations. The coaters come with comprehensive range of consumables such as varnish media, tapes and sleeves, as well as cutting equipment, thereby covering every element in the workflow. The TRESU iCut 30000 digital cutter quickly prepares plates for localised coating situations.

TRESU’s ancillary programme - including ink supply systems and chamber doctor blades - automatically regulates the supply of ink and coating media to the press, enabling clean, consistent print results, with improved uptime, reduced waste, faster printing speeds and minimal manual input. The F10 iCon ink supply system provides stable and controlled ink circulation, by maintaining precise flow, pressure and viscosity levels at predetermined values. The system provides significant material and time savings by automatically returning remaining ink to the bucket at the end of the production run, and thorough, simultaneous chamber cleaning in a matter of minutes. 

 
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Tuesday 23. April 2019
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Meet TRESU at INFOFLEX 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana

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TRESU presents performance-raising flexographic ancillary systems, industrial printing units and single-pass packaging printing press at INFOFLEX 2019 
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At INFOFLEX 2019, TRESU will show flexographic ink supply and machine system solutions, including integrated printing units for converting lines as well as the Flexo Innovator press, meeting the quality, efficiency, and high output demands in labeling, packaging and industrial manufacturing (booth 738, 6th – 7th May, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana).
 

Ancillary program optimizes flexo ink supply

TRESU’s ancillary program of ink supply systems and chamber doctor blades automatically regulates the supply of ink and coating media to the press, enabling clean, consistent print results, with improved uptime, reduced waste, faster printing speeds, and minimal manual input. The F10 iCon ink supply system provides stable and controlled ink circulation, by maintaining precise flow, pressure and viscosity levels at predetermined values. The system provides significant material and time savings by automatically returning remaining ink back to the bucket at the end of the production run, and thorough, simultaneous chamber cleaning in a matter of minutes. 

TRESU’s chamber doctor blades, engineered for optimal performance, ink consumption and ink preservation in an enclosed environment, are available with carbon fiber or ceramic surfaces for corrosion resistance and effective automatic cleaning. Patented seals prevent foaming, ink contamination and leakage, while enabling uniform, accurate ink transfer at high printing speeds. For wide web applications (1600mm to 6000mm / 63in to 236.22in) the carbon fiber MaxiPrint Concept features an integrated nozzle with a water-shot mechanism for efficient chamber and anilox roll cleaning. Other TRESU chamber doctor blades include the  SAVEink chamber for narrow web, and FlexiPrint Easy chamber for flexible packaging applications. 

Information about TRESU’s chilling systems for sustainable, efficient heat extraction from flexo presses will also be available. The intelligent iSeries offers an innovative control platform that interfaces directly with the TRESU Internal Diagnostic Monitoring System (IDMS). IDMS is a state-of-the-art, proactive system that monitors the chiller and alerts the TRESU service department of any performance issues, facilitating remote diagnostics and enabling swift remedial action. This system can also be run with offset and digital presses.
 

Flexo Innovator press for lean, high-output, value-added paperboard packaging

TRESU’s Flexo Innovator press, for high-value paperboard packaging applications combines outstanding print quality, high output, fast job changes, sustainable printing and ergonomic design. Available in several widths between 670mm and 1700mm (26.38in to 66.92in), the Flexo Innovator is a custom-configured multi-process, inline printing and converting press for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates. Thanks to its modular design, the Flexo Innovator may incorporate multiple processes and ink sets, enabling complex and distinctive packaging designs to be printed and converted in a single pass. Options include water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks, as well as high-end complementary processes such as reverse printing, gravure, inkjet, cold-foil lamination and converting. 

With high-speed unit-to-unit air drying, automated ink supply and sleeve systems, the press provides a stable, efficient printing platform at speeds of up to 800 meters per minute (2625ft/min). It includes features that reduce waste, energy usage and emissions, reflecting TRESU’s commitment to minimising the environmental footprint of flexographic print. 

Efficient energy consumption is achieved with a unique gas heating solution and a software design where servo motors runs with relatively low power. Drying units recycle high proportion of both air inside the dryer and exhaust by means of heat exchange. Chilling systems safely extract heat from the press to external condensers that could return the energy to the incoming cold fresh air.
 

Customized flexo units for integration with manufacturing lines

TRESU will also showcase custom-designed retrofittable flexographic units, for integrated coating, printing and gluing on manufacturing and converting lines. Designed to apply coating media, ink, silicone and glue to a wide range of papers, plastics and nonwoven substrates, the units may be integrated with converting machines for numerous manufacturing applications. They optimize manufacturing processes in markets as diverse as household chemicals, feminine hygiene products, wallpapers, direct mail publishing, cigarettes and food. 

The printing units comprise between one and six flexo stations and are available in widths ranging from 185mm to 4.8 meters (7.28in to 189in) . They include TRESU’s automated ancillary equipment, for controlled printing at speeds ranging from 10m/min to 1000m/min (32.8fpm – 328fpm). The units may be adapted for UV, water-based, solvent or solventless media. 

TRESU has installed over 300 printing units on manufacturing lines. They are being used for a variety of purposes, including applying fire-retardant barriers to cigarette paper, anti-slip coating to baking paper, logos and patterns to detergent pouches and nonwoven sanitary napkins, high-quality graphics to wallpaper and glue for direct-mail newspapers. 

“INFOFLEX 2019 provides an ideal opportunity for packaging printers and industrial manufacturers to learn how TRESU’s flexo ancillary and machine systems can add value to their processes and operations,” comments Scott Hibbs, president, TRESU Americas. “North American customers can be assured of optimized performance thanks to TRESU’s manufacturing and service facility in Dallas, providing rapid-response to queries, 24/7 remote diagnostics, and a quick parts and consumables delivery.”

 
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Wednesday 20. March 2019
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How integrated flexo printing units add value and functionality to converting lines

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There are many instances where the inclusion of a simple print operation can transform a product or bring new efficiencies to the manufacturing process. The application may be a straightforward, decorative one – for instance, graphics such as a logo or pattern, for branding sanitary products or membranes of detergent pouches. It may also include  coatings that improve the functionality, safety or durability of paper products.

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Flexography is the ideal process for applying these features because of its accuracy, speed and versatility. Using a flexible polymer relief plate that can be imaged relatively cheaply, it applies a wide range of media including ink, varnish, silicone and glue to a variety of substrates including plastic, metallic film, paper, cellophane and non-woven substrates. 

Moreover, units are available that can be customised to integrate seamlessly and perform with stability with manufacturing lines for many industries at speeds of between 10m/min and 1000m/min.  Flexo is capable of achieving precise and uniform laydown at speeds between 10m/min and 1000m/min, thanks to ancillary equipment including a supply system and chamber doctor blade, to automatically control flow and viscosity. controlled ink supply and the design features of the printing unit that facilitate stable printing. 

Custom-designed flexo units can be retrofitted with virtually any converting machine, optimisin manufacturing processes in markets as diverse as household chemicals, feminine hygiene products, wallpapers, direct mail publishing, cigarettes and food.

 

Application examples 

For some industries, an integrated unit leads to the development of new products. One example is baking paper with anti-slip properties. A 1.4-metre unit features a rotary screen system to apply silicone dots of between 5 and 8µm thickness to the back of the paper, providing a grip for the baked products. The paper is then slit to approximately 300mm-widths. 

Because flexo provides a positive (relief) print, the process is capable of high resolutions for printing high-quality wallpaper designs. Furthermore, plate and imaging costs are lower than those for screen, and printing speeds are faster. TRESU has designed a twin-station unit with air dryers for printing the design and wallpaper edge used for accurate positioning on the wall. Carbon fibre chambers with corrosion-resistant surfaces are used as the inks have high pH values. 

A fire-retardant water-based coating applied to cigarette paper ensures the cigarette extinguishes after burning for a maximum of 9mm if smoke is not inhaled. Flexo is a more reliable alternative to the conventional method of applying the coat with spray nozzles, which have a relatively high risk of clogging, and low assurance of consistent coverage. The flexo unit’s circulator assures viscosity control and uniform coverage across the web. TRESU custom-built the coating unit together with an unwinder, slitter and rewinder for a German customer. The rolls of coated papers are then supplied to the cigarettes manufacturing facility.

Perhaps the fastest flexo application, of up to 1000m/min, is the application of glue in direct mail production. TRESU has built a unit for gluing the webs together during the production of a superstore’s weekly brochure for promoting bargains. The unit applies glue to the front and back sides of four webs just after they converge. Stability is achieved with rollers that function without gears and at a high rotation. Working with a co-supplier TRESU supplied an anilox roll with cells in a wave-formation to transfer the glue stably at high-speed, as well as chilling units to maintain temperature below 30°C.

 

Custom-designed unit integration

Including the printing process within the production line, with a flexographic printing unit between the converting and unwinding operations reduces setup times and waste, shortens lead-times, and allows more frequent design change with greater flexibility. There is also no need to rely on a third-party print supplier, simplifying logistics and reducing materials costs.

TRESU, a global manufacturer of flexo units and ancillary equipment, has decades of experience providing a ‘total-system’ approach to integrate the printing process smoothly within existing manufacturing lines. It also provides installation management, training and technical support, so the user gains optimum value from the investment.

Given the breadth of possible applications, there is no ‘standard’ printing or coating unit for integration with a manufacturing line: almost every situation is unique. The first stage in the retrofitting project is a consultation with the customer to understand the many parameters that affect the design.

The application itself is has implications for the viscosity of the coating medium and thus, type of supply system used. Other considerations are width, production speed, available floor space, and the design of the manufacturing line.

The units may be in widths ranging from 185mm to 4.8 metres, comprising one to six printing or coating stations as required. Machines can be adapted for UV, water-based, solvent or solventless media, as well as roll-to-roll, roll-to sheet, and multi-web paths.

Units come with drying and curing systems, as well as complementary equipment such as  rewinders, unwinders, turn bars and bridging equipment to ensure smooth integration.

 

There are four design variations:

  • Direct inline - the unit is integrated into the manufacturing line directly after the unwinder, before the web undergoes the converting process. The manufacturing line is extended to accommodate the printing unit by moving the first segment of the line.
  • 90° Inline Printing Unit - the printing unit is positioned about next to the converting line from a right angle.  After printing, the web passes over a bridge with a 3m drying unit. before descending to the converting line with the aid of a turn bar. 
  • Parallel – where the unwinder and printing unit are configured so the web runs parallel to the converting line.
  • Mezzanine - the printing unit may be integrated directly into the main frame and guarding of the converting machine. 

High-performance air drying

Air drying or curing units are included between each station, with ventilation to ensure all moisture is extracted from the material before conversion. Sensors monitor and automatically control ventilator temperature and humidity. Efficiency is optimised by using a relatively high air velocity and a relatively low heat, and recycling of approximately 85 per cent of the air with an extractor. For some applications, a relatively low drying temperature avoids the risk of tension loss due to loosening fibres.  

 

Automated Ink Supply

Clean, uniform and accurate delivery of the coating media to the material is assured, without manual intervention, thanks to the supply system and chamber doctor blade.  Extensive automation and fast-change features into the unit, to ensure optimum process control, fast setup times and low maintenance.

TRESU’s F10 iCon supply system with automatic cleaning, ensures the coating medium or ink is constantly fed the printing units at optimum viscosity, temperature and pressure levels. It feeds a sealed, chambered doctor blade system at a controlled pressure that prevents air contamination, to ensure a foam-free, clean transfer. This also prevents leakage, minimising cleaning times and emissions. The chamber’s eccentric clamping system allows safe, single--minute blade exchange. Additionally, the supply system performs automatic cleaning cycles changes with minimal loss of ink. During an change cycle, which takes no more than 15 minutes, the remaining ink in the chamber is returned to the pump. The chamber and anilox roll are thoroughly cleaned to remove residue, and the new colour is introduced, automatically.

A control system stores and, in the case of repeat jobs, instantly recalls job recipes, so no re-entry of ink and calibration data is needed.  For customers working with a variety of inks and varnishes, TRESU technicians are available to build a unique database of recipe settings for each job, including, among others, impression settings, print levels, flow rate, air velocity, temperature and register coordinates.

Units come with an intuitive human-machine interface for easy operation. Information from the HMI can also be viewed at the interface of the converting line’s main control panel.

As a versatile process capable of high speeds and high-definition graphics, therefore, flexography is ideal for inline functional or decorative printing. TRESU flexo units with integrated ancillary equipment, enable manufacturers to apply features that enhance the safety, convenience and brand presentation of their products, while preserving optimum performance of the converting line.  

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Tuesday 12. March 2019
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Integrated flexo printing units for applying graphics to nonwoven hygiene products

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An important concern for sanitary products manufacturers serving the feminine, baby and adult care sectors, is to maintain brand loyalty among consumers.

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Increasingly, manufacturers are looking to apply graphics to the product,
such as floral or geometric patterns, icons and logos, in order to promote trust in the brand and convey quality. 

 

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Femcare products with printed graphics are not new – however, until quite recently, achieving this came with significant challenges. Manufacturers have typically  depended on an external supplier, ordering relatively large quantities of preprinted material, and converting it into finished products when needed. This, however, results in significant logistics and storage costs, lengthy leadtimes and high material waste levels. Furthermore, the manufacturer lacks the flexibility to change printed designs without scrapping the remaining stored material.
 

Some manufacturers are seeking to integrate the printing process into the production line, with a flexographic printing unit between the converting and unwinding operations. This single-pass solution not only reduces waste and shortens leadtimes, but allows manufacturers to change printed designs with greater flexibility, reducing setup times and avoiding inconsistencies in production.
 

The new flexo units, using water-based, solvent or UV inks and featuring between one and four colours, can be both specified on new manufacturing lines, and retrofitted into exiting lines. They can be customised in four different ways, according to space and layout constraints. Moreover, with servo drives, a high degree of automation and efficient drying systems included, the unit can integrate smoothly, performing without requiring operator intervention and setup times.
 

The units are designed to handle nonwoven fabric or plastic material between 80 and 320mm width and 12 and 35gsm. They feature controlled web tension, to between 4 and 8N. The key elements of the flexo unit include a supply system with chamber doctor blade for feeding the ink, in an enclosed environment, to an anilox roll. The microscopic cells of the anilox deliver the exact amount of ink required to the printing sleeve, which finally applies the print pattern to the nonwoven fabric.
 

A crucial concern is to include the printing units without disrupting the logistics and operator performance around the manufacturing line.  Space availability – in terms of area or height – is likely to be scarce. As a result, the unit, based on a common impression formation, is contained in a compact housing, approximately 2m depth and 3m length.
 

As a manufacturer of flexo units, drying systems and auxillary equipment, TRESU has developed four ways of integrating the printing process with existing converting machines, based on many years’ retrofitting experience in the manufacturing sector. First, a direct inline printing unit can be integrated into the manufacturing line after the unwinder. The length of the line is simply extended by moving the first segment of the line.
 

If it is not possible to expand the length of the production line, the printing unit may be located beside the line, connected at a distance of approximately 4m. To optimise process flow, the unwinder and printing unit are positioned together. In a 90° configuration, the printing unit, together with the unwinder are situated at a right angle to the converting line, with the web running towards the converting line. After printing, the web passes over a bridge with a 3m drying unit,  before descending to the converting line with the aid of a turn bar.  Alternatively, the unwinder and printing unit may configured so the web runs parallel to the converting line. Finally, the printing unit may be integrated directly into the main frame and guarding of the converting machine.
 

Automated ink supply to optimise process control

An ink supply system with automatic cleaning, as well as chamber doctor blades, ensures that ink is constantly fed the printing units at optimum viscosity, temperature and pressure levels. The sealed, pressure-controlled chambered doctor blade systems enable direct, foam-free transfer of ink or coating to the anilox rollers, ensuring a consistently clean printed image.  This also prevents leakage, minimising cleaning times and emissions. The chamber’s eccentric clamping system allows safe, single--minute blade exchange. Additionally, the ink supply system performs fast ink changes with minimal loss of ink. During an change cycle, which takes no more than 15 minutes, the remaining ink in the chamber is returned to the pump. The chamber and anilox roll are thoroughly cleaned to remove residue, and the new colour is introduced, automatically.
 

A control system stores and, in the case of repeat jobs, instantly recalls job recipes, so no re-entry of ink and calibration data is needed.  At the installation stage, the TRESU technical team works with the customer to build a unique database of recipe settings for each job, including, among others, impression settings, print levels, flow rate, air velocity, temperature and register coordinates. The unit comes with an intuitive human-machine interface that is easy for operators to learn to use. Information from the HMI can also be viewed at the interface of the converting line’s main control panel.
 

High-performance air drying

The printing unit comes with an integrated, high-performance air drying system, which is designed to minimise the risk of material elongation. An internal bypass function secures the controlled air flow in the system during machine stoppages or slow production mode. However, moisture extraction arguably presents a greater challenge, not only because of the web speed, but also to secure dried material before entering the converting process. A controlled process with adequate ventilation is therefore essential.

 

TRESU’s drying solution comprises electrical air drying systems, situated both between printing stations and after the printing unit, to ensure all water is extracted from the material. Efficiency is optimised by using a relatively high air velocity, avoiding the need to use excessive heat which can result in loosening of fibres. It requires a relatively low drying temperature, thus avoiding the risk of tension loss due to loosening fibres and reduces energy requirements. The drying unit includes sensors for monitoring andautomatic control of temperature and humidity in the ventilation system to maintain optimum drying conditions at all times.
 

Drying speeds and energy efficiency are optimised by situating the fan that applies the air and pressure inside the drying hood, shortening the distance from the fan to the air nozzle. This enables heat to be contained within the head and provides better insulation.
 

Summary

A converting line with integrated flexo printing capability means the personal hygiene products manufacturer can meet the demand for branded goods, while having the flexibility to competitively offer shorter production runs, with sorter lead-times, with costs firmly controlled. It even gives manufacturers the option to refresh product lines with more frequent design changes, in response to trends in seasonal or demographic demand.
 

With the assistance and guidance of a flexographic printing technology provider  that has expertise in both the customised unit and the vital ink supply and drying elements of the process, the manufacturer is well placed to gain a long-term return on investment, from a smooth, productive workflow that requires a minimum of extra maintenance.


 

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Monday 04. March 2019
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TRESU consolidates corrugated initiative in France with appointment of Vernitech as agent

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TRESU announces the appointment of Vernitech, of Montpont-en-Bresse, to represent TRESU Ancillary’s products for the corrugated market in France.
 
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The company has many years’ experience of the corrugated industry along with expertise in flexo printing and coatings. Vernitech will focus on TRESU’s ink supply systems and sealed chamber doctor blades as well as other TRESU Ancillary products for corrugated and wide-width flexo applications.

“There are many corrugated converters in France and North Africa who can benefit from TRESU’s systems,” said David Michel-Moulu, managing director, Vernitech. “By cutting waste and building efficiencies with chamber doctor blades and advanced ink supply systems, companies can increase machine uptime, speed and print quality while reducing waste and saving time.
The impact these improvements can make on competitiveness and profitability are enormous.”

Michel-Moulu also cites consistency of quality as a major benefit of such systems. TRESU’s chamber doctor blade systems can make a major difference to corrugated converters through efficient ink application and fast colour changes. With a choice of light-weight corrosion-resistant carbon fibre or ceramic construction, systems are designed for printing and coating applications, and are available in widths from 185mm to 6000mm (7.28in to 236.22in).  

Of special interest to corrugated printers, the new TRESU MaxiPrint Concept chamber features an integrated cleaning nozzle with a robustly designed water-shot mechanism for fast, efficient cleaning of the chamber and the anilox roll and is available in widths up to 6000mm (236.22in).

For waste savings and efficiencies in ink management, the TRESU F10 iCon provides stable and controlled ink circulation and automatically adjusts flow, ink pressure and viscosity. Simultaneous ink changes on printing stations take minutes, and when an ink change is required, any ink left in the chamber is returned to the bucket for use on the next job.

As an engineer with a long career in the French paper and printing industries, Michel-Moulu offers consultancy and application support, giving a practical perspective to finding the right solution for customers.

“Apart from the time, waste and productivity benefits of its systems, TRESU’s four-decade long experience in flexo printing gives the company a unique expertise in the sort of engineering necessary for achieving consistent, high-quality print across wide web widths,” Michel-Moulu concludes.


 

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Monday 18. February 2019
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TRESU’s flexo ancillary systems bring quality assurance with low waste, and optimised uptime for corrugated print

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At CCE International 2019, TRESU Group presents complete ancillary solutions for automatically regulating ink circulation on corrugated flexo printing presses at Hall B6 / Stand 1040 in Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany
 
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The company’s ancillary programme comprises chamber doctor blades up to 6000mm wide, together with ink supply systems that provide a fully enclosed means of supplying ink and coating media to the press.  They are designed for integration with new and existing presses, they optimise quality consistency, output and press uptime, while dramatically reducing waste, manual input requirements and emissions. 

TRESU’s chamber doctor blades, in light-weight corrosion-resistant carbon-fibre or ceramic constructions, provide clean, uniform printing and efficient drying, at faster speeds. A key feature enabling their high performance is TRESU’s “Pressure Control Technology.” Ink pressure is automatically maintained at optimum levels in the chamber by a long-life rubber seal system that forms an airtight enclosure, eliminating micro-foaming and leakage. With ink at the desired pressure, a liquid barrier forms between the rotating anilox rolls and the chamber, preventing air from entering the cells during production. The chamber doctor blades also feature fast, safe blade exchange as standard, with pneumatic or eccentric clamping systems. 

A highlight of the stand for corrugated applications will be the TRESU MaxiPrint Concept, in 1600mm to 6000mm widths, is a carbon fibre chamber doctor blade with integrated system for fast, efficient water cleaning of the chamber and anilox roll.   The low pressure cleaning mechanism ensures minimal water loss during cleaning. 

The F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity, providing constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate without air contamination. It achieves thorough automatic cleaning, with a complete ink-change cycle, in 5 to 15 minutes, returning a very large proportion of unused ink to the bucket.   

Henrik Kristensen, vice-president, TRESU Ancillary, comments: “The corrugated industry faces strong challenges to drive waste out of production process, in the face of shorter production runs and higher quality demands, and ink supply plays an enormous role in printing performance. TRESU ancillary solutions have proved successful in keeping flexo printers productive and competitive, delivering significant savings through minimising manual input, reduced ink waste and increased production speeds. TRESU retrofitting programmes, managed by experienced engineers, can bring existing presses - whether line, common-impression or stack formation - to the highest standards of performance for a relatively fast return on investment.”

 

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TRESU also builds complete flexographic printing and converting machines, for paperboard packaging markets, as well as dedicated printing and coating units for integration with industrial manufacturing lines. TRESU is also exhibiting at the International Converting Exhibition 2019 (Hall A5, Stand 1014), which co-incides with CCE International at the same venue. At ICE 2019, TRESU will be exhibiting specialist flexo units featuring between one and four printing stations, that can be bespoke-designed for integration into production processes for diverse specialist applications. These include, among others: household chemicals, feminine hygiene products, wallpapers, direct mail publishing, cigarettes and food.

 
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Monday 11. February 2019
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TRESU showcases customised flexo printing and coating systems for integration with industrial lines at ICE Europe 2019

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At ICE Europe 2019, TRESU will exhibit custom-designed retrofittable flexographic units, for integrated coating, printing and gluing on manufacturing and converting lines (Hall A5, Stand 1014, Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany, 12-14 March).
 
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TRESU flexo units can be retrofitted with virtually any converting machine. Applying coating media, ink, silicone and glue to a wide range of papers, plastics and nonwoven substrates, they optimise manufacturing processes in markets as diverse as household chemicals, feminine hygiene products, wallpapers, direct mail publishing, cigarettes and food.

The units comprise one to six flexo stations and are available in widths ranging from 185mm to 4.8 metres. They feature TRESU’s automated ancillary equipment, regulating the coating or ink supply and providing clean, uniform application at speeds ranging from 10m/min to 1000m/min, with little manual input needed.

TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system, together with the company’s sealed, light-weight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre chamber doctor blades, provide an enclosed, pressure-controlled supply of coating and ink to the substrate without contamination. Waste and setup times are minimised: the supply system provides automatic cleaning, and complete ink-change cycles within minutes, returning unused ink after production, for future use. Included are TRESU’s high-velocity, hot air drying systems that recirculate up to 85 percent of air, for energy-efficiency and low emissions.

Additionally, TRESU provides full project management, so that the flexo unit is configured to the available space, converting speed, coating chemistry and substrate type, for roll-to-roll, roll-to-sheet and multi-web manufacturing situations. Units may be integrated directly into the main frame of the manufacturing line, parallel or at an angle to the line, or in a mezzanine configuration, in which they are positioned above the line.

To ensure smooth integration of the unit alongside existing processes, the company additionally supplies drying and curing units, rewinders, unwinders, turn bars and bridging equipment.

There are over TRESU 300 speciality flexo units installed worldwide, for a variety of uses, such as applying fire-retardant barriers to cigarette paper, anti-slip coating to baking paper, logos and patterns to detergent pouches and nonwoven sanitary napkins, high-quality graphics to wallpaper and glue for direct mail newspapers. Multiple colours can be printed with precise register at fast speeds thanks to the stability of the unit. Machines can be adapted for UV, water-based, solvent or solventless media.

Niels Westergaard, sales and technical manager Special Machinery Applications, at TRESU Group, comments: “As a versatile process capable of high speeds, and high-definition graphics, flexography is ideal for inline functional or decorative printing. TRESU flexo units enable manufacturers to apply features that enhance the safety, convenience and brand presentation of their products, while preserving optimum performance of the converting line. Fix an appointment at the ICE stand to learn how TRESU’s unique printing solutions add value to existing processes.”TRESU also builds complete flexographic printing and converting machines, as well as ancillary equipment for packaging and label printing markets. At CCE International 2019 (Stand B6 - 650), which coincides with ICE Europe 2019 at the same venue, the company presents its complete ancillary solutions for automatically regulating ink circulation on corrugated flexo printing presses. These comprise chamber doctor blades up to 6000mm wide, together with ink supply systems for integration with new and existing presses.

 

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Friday 01. February 2019
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Value-adding coating solutions from TRESU increase consumer-appeal

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For commercial or packaging offset printers, finishing techniques add value, protect graphics or packaging and make products or messages stand out, providing additional differentiation and consumer appeal. 

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New UV and water-based coatings have been developed to create an exciting range of effects, enabling creative and exciting designs that are tactile as well as visually enticing. Innovations in flexo ink supply enable these features to be applied efficiently in a single pass at speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour.

Perhaps the most common aesthetic effect associated with coating is a full gloss or matte cover, applied by a flexo process after offset printing. UV coatings are increasingly preferred as they provide gloss values that can be 10 to 15 points higher than those offered by conventional alternatives. With two coating units, stunning effects can be created using a combination of matt and gloss varnishes.

Metal-pigment silver and gold inks are used to create innumerable metallic tones on folding carton packaging or high-quality brochures and magazines. Their intensity results in a high brilliance even when only a thin layer is applied. These inks are available in UV or conventional varieties and may be applied before or after the printing processes.

Glitter-effect and iriodin high-lustre pearl inks produce sparkling reflections that deliver brilliance, bringing and vibrancy to high-quality commercial and folding carton products.

It’s not only the eyes that can be tempted: scented coatings provide a powerful promotional tool for fragrances, foods and beverages. Micro-encapsulated scents are released when the surface is rubbed providing a unique enhancement.
 

Flexo – the solution for functionality

The flexo process provides the optimum solution for applying coating over offset-printed graphics. Flexo coating media have the chemistry that enable fast air drying or curing at higher speed higher glossiness.  Furthermore, a flexo system can apply thick, consistently accurate and uniform layer of coverage, which is critical to functionality – avoiding scratches and yellowing.

Flexographic technologies from TRESU Group offer complete inline coating concepts and solutions – from ink/coating management and application to drying and waste reduction with high levels of automation – to enable traditional printers and converters to offer customers the latest competitive solutions for adding value and building brand appeal:

Customised coating units for offset presses up to 2000mm wide. They can be retrofitted on existing presses with TRESU supervision, or specified with new machines.

Coating circulators and conditioners, covering all water-based and UV-curable coating applications, specifically designed for the viscosity, desired sensual effect and coating chemistry. Fast automatic cleaning and refilling are standard. Dual coating units are available.

Sealed chamber doctor blades with TRESU’s own Pressure Control Technology ensure clean, consistent varnish laydown at top speeds, with no leakage or air-contamination.

With 40 years of experience in flexo technology and a global network, TRESU provides full support - empowering offset printers exploit the full creative potential of coating media, for eye-catching designs and strong branding. 

For more information, contact your TRESU representative or download our coating solutions brochure.

 
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Monday 21. January 2019
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TRESU exhibits at PrintPack India 2019

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TRESU exhibits automated ink supply solutions for enhanced flexo performance, with presentations of Flexo Innovator inline press at PrintPack India 2019
 
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At PrintPack India 2019, TRESU Group, together with its regional agent CGSASP, will show its ancillary solutions for automating ink supply and enhancing quality, efficiency, and output on flexographic label and packaging presses (Stand G12, Hall 9, India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi, 1-6 February). The company will also present information about its Flexo Innovator, an inline flexo printing and converting machine for paperboard applications combining high speed, minimised waste and fast setup times.  

TRESU’s Ancillary division will highlight the vital contribution its programme of chamber doctor blades and ink supply systems play in optimising print quality, waste elimination and machine uptime.

 

Pressure-control with chamber doctor blades for all flexo situations

Covering label, paperboard, flexible packaging, tissue and specialist coating applications, TRESU’s chamber programme is available for all web widths between 185mm and 6000mm. Using the company’s unique “Pressure Control Technology”, the chambers eliminate air contamination and microfoaming, to ensure clean, uniform print on the substrate. A long-life rubber seal system provides an airtight enclosure, preventing leakage, and maintains consistent ink pressure. Ink quality is assured by a liquid barrier, formed between the rotating anilox rolls and the chamber, preventing air from entering in the cells during production. The chamber doctor blades also feature fast, safe blade exchange as standard. Light-weight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre and ceramic alternatives are available. Chamber blades may be supplied with new presses and retrofitted on existing ones. 

For web widths from 1600mm to 6000mm (63in to 236.22in), the new MaxiPrint Concept chamber features an integrated cleaning nozzle with a robustly designed water-shot mechanism for fast, efficient cleaning of the chamber and the anilox roll. A low-pressure shot mechanism ensures minimal water loss during cleaning. The TRESU P-Line pneumatic clamping system also ensures fast, safe blade exchange within two minutes. 

The TRESU FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber doctor blade is for narrow web flexo applications up to 800mm wide. With an integrated high-capacity reservoir, the TRESU SAVEink is ideal for process and spot colours as well as high ink transfer printing, without the need for a connected pump. It is sealed and locks into place in seconds without the risk of spilling or ink contamination. Ink may be added to the reservoir without stopping the press.

Also featured are other models in the FlexiPrint range: FlexiPrint Basic and FlexiPrint Reservoir, offering high price-performance ratios. These doctor blade systems maximise print quality, efficient ink use, and savings on waste. FlexiPrint Basic offers high-quality doctoring for anilox rolls from 80mm to 2000mm in width and between 60mm and 400mm in diameter. Suitable for water, solvent and UV-curable inks and coatings, FlexiPrint Basic features TRESU’s patented ‘E-Line’ eccentric clamping system and seals for fast, accurate and easy doctor blade changes, and protection of ink quality. FlexiPrint Reservoir is designed for water-based and UV coatings. It can be manually filled or used with a pump. The easy-load cassette enables fast colour/coating changes and the patented seals mean that surplus ink can be reserved in the chamber for future use.

 

Supply systems and circulators for consistent ink and coating application

TRESU is recognised for its ink supply systems, which can be part of the configuration of a new press or retrofitted. The F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure and viscosity, to ensure a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate without air contamination. An energy-efficient system, it provides thorough automatic cleaning with a complete ink change cycle taking between 5 and 15 minutes. As part of the automatic cleaning, a very large proportion of the unused ink can be returned to the bucket. Information on TRESU’s full range of coating circulators and conditioners for high-viscosity coatings will also be available on the stand. 

The flexo process provides the optimum solution for applying coating over offset and digitally printed graphics. Flexographic ancillary technologies from TRESU, including chamber doctor blades, circulators and conditioners, can be integrated with offset and digital presses to apply sensually appealing matte, gloss and textured coatings to commercial and packaging print-work,consistently and accurately. Equipment is also available for high-viscosity and specialist coating effects, including Iriodine and mettalure. TRESU also provides drying technology, for fast air drying or curing at higher speed higher glossiness.    

 

Flexo Innovator: advanced inline flexographic printing

Information, samples and animations about the TRESU Flexo Innovator flexo printing machine for advanced, high-quality, high-speed packaging production for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates will also be available on the stand. With its customised line configuration and in web widths from 670mm to 1700mm, the Flexo Innovator is able to integrate water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks, as well as value-adding complementary processes, including double-sided printing, gravure coating (double-sided), inkjet, cold foil and lamination. Speeds of up to 800m/minute make the Flexo Innovator an advanced, versatile solution for both short and long-run production.

 

Global support

TRESU adds value to its customers’ operations with a responsive global support network, with subsidiaries and agents providing technical and sales assistance, training, and application consultancy to optimise returns on investment. CGSASP Pvt Ltd, based in New Delhi and representing TRESU Group in India, provides a first point of contact for enquiries, as well as a local source of support and consumable products.

“While the packaging printing market in India is strong and vibrant, we are increasingly competing against regions with high levels and fresh investment,” says Kunal Gandhi, managing director, CGSASP. “Rising quality standards and demands for fast-turnaround times with shorter run lengths require modern equipment and systems. TRESU’s retrofittable chamber doctor blades, ink supply and other ancillary equipment are ideal for improving production efficiency and competitiveness. 

“With fast responses, a strong support network and application expertise, CGSASP and TRESU offer a dynamic partnership with local knowledge to Indian converters,” he concludes.

 

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Monday 03. December 2018
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Flexo - the key to sustainability in package printing

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With environmental concerns becoming a high priority for consumers, retailers and brand owners are taking a more critical look at the carbon footprint of their packaging supply chains. As brand owners increasingly choose paperboard instead of plastic, the inline flexo press, with its reduced waste and emissions, offers the optimum combination of sustainability, quality and productivity, argues Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions.  
 
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As far as environmental perceptions are concerned, 2018 can be regarded as a pivotal year. The scale of the damage to the climate from greenhouse gas emissions and plastic waste is becoming apparent, bringing with it a profound change in attitudes: consumers are shunning non-recyclable packaging and demanding government to outlaw their use. 

Hardly a week goes by without being confronted by harrowing images or alarming studies: consider the marine life choked by bags and netting, floating islands of rubbish and beaches strewn with decades-old litter, as well as reports of carcinogenic microplastics permeating the food chain.

Plastic can take centuries for plastic to break down – scientists estimate that it will take up to 450 years(1) for plastic bottles to disappear -  and yet every year, between 5 and 13 million tonnes are added to the oceans(2). PET, the most commonly used material for plastic bottles, is being recycled at rate of only seven percent: brand owners generally do not consider the material in its recycled state to be clear enough, and there are simply not enough facilities to keep up with the dramatic surge in consumption.  Attention has also turned to the poor recyclability of disposable paper cups, as a high proportion of them contain a polypropylene lining that very few waste-handling facilities(3) have the capability to process.

New statistics from the European Parliament suggest that bottles and lids account for a fifth of all marine litter in EU waters, so it is no wonder that the packaging and quick-service restaurant industries have become targets for criticism.

Government legislation is being passed to curb plastic use and encourage more responsible consumer habits: Kenya introduced a ban on the production and sale of plastic bags in 2017, and its success is inspiring at least four other African nations(4) to follow suit.  The European parliament voted overwhelmingly for a complete ban on various single-use plastic products such as cutlery, plates and straws, effective from 2021.

There is also an urgency to act at a global level to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that, at 38bn tonnes annually, is far greater than the planet’s photosynthesising plants and rocks can absorb. This has already led to a rise of global surface temperatures by 0.8°C since the start of the industrial age – and a rise of 2°C is as much as the world can adapt to without long-term devastating consequences(5). In this context, this summer’s forest fires in the Arctic circle can only be seen as a prelude.

 

Innovation offers growth opportunities for paperboard packaging

Faced with a consumer backlash, brand owners and retailers are realizing that sustainability is not just a matter of saving costs – reputations are at stake. It is imperative that market players look closely at materials and processes that minimize the environmental burden.

It is encouraging to see global market leaders investing heavily in finding eco-friendlier alternatives to plastic disposable cups, lids and containers.

Starbucks is investing in research to develop fully recyclable cups(6), using biodegradable plastic, while Tetra Pak is developing paper straws and caps made from a polyethylene byproduct of sugar cane(7).  Water-based polymer coatings have been developed that can safely dissolve when the carton cup or plate is repulped, so it can be sorted with regular paper.

These developments make paper and carton packaging a practical and economically viable alternative to plastic for a variety of liquid food and dairy segments, as well as for secondary packaging.

 

Flexo for lower emissions and lower waste

The switch to carton packaging makes it possible to use printing and converting processes that produce lower levels of emissions and waste. Gravure and offset processes tend to use inks with relatively high solvent content, and involve costly tooling and engraving processes with high carbon footprints.  Flexo offers significant sustainability advantages compared with other printing processes, with eco-friendlier water-based inks, recyclable polymer plates and sleeves, and emerging LED-UV curing technologies.

Thanks to advances in press and ancillary technologies, flexography is becoming a greener and ‘leaner’ process, requiring less energy and water, while generating less material waste and emissions.

Inline flexo is beneficial for fast water-based printing because a longer web path between printing stations is possible, making unit-to-unit drying possible, and thus cleaner colour printing.

 

Air drying systems

The key to high-performance, sustainable drying of flexo inks lies with using air velocity at the lowest possible temperature, while recycling as much air and energy as possible. Reducing drying temperature in turn reduces energy requirements and eliminates the need for chill rollers afterwards.

Drying speeds and energy efficiency are optimised by situating the fan that applies the air and pressure inside the drying hood, shortening the distance from the fan to the air nozzle. This enables heat and noise to be contained within the head and provide better insulation.

 

The optimum air velocity – temperature combination varies according to factors such as the thickness of the ink coverage, substrate type, web speed, and time spent in the drying unit. TRESU’s research and development specialists have worked to devise energy-conserving drying systems for numerous printing applications, often in partnership with substrate manufacturers.  Additionally, power consumption and CO2 emission levels from a hot air drying system are only 25 percent as much as those associated with UV-curing.

 

Optimising energy efficiency

An important energy and emission-reducing factor is the ability to recycle energy.  Efficient energy consumption is achieved with a gas-heating solution and a software design where servo motors run at relatively low power. Drying units recycle a high proportion of the air inside the dryer and, from the exhausted air, much of the energy is recycled by a central heat exchange module. In the case of TRESU drying systems, up to 80 per cent of the air inside the dryer can be recycled.

 

Temperature control

Chilling systems safely extract heat from the press to external condensers, which can return the energy to the incoming cold fresh air. The chilling system’s ‘split system’ design does not interfere with the printing process or place additional demands on the facility’s existing heating, ventilation or air-conditioning systems. In this way, up to 60 per cent of the exhaust energy can be recycled.

 

Reducing material waste

Today’s inline flexo machines feature advanced controls and ancillary equipment to ensure stable printing at faster speeds with minimal substrate or ink waste.

Automated register controls and spectral colour measurement systems enable the press to meet tight targets at the beginning of the production run, limiting startup waste to within the length of the press. Web controls also reduce waste, by holding register as the press ramps up at the start, and when it reduces speed at the end of the production run.

 

Automating ink supply

Automated ink supply systems provide the solution for reducing ink waste - as well as clean printing at high speed, elimination of leakage and increased machine uptime.

A supply system works harmoniously with a chamber doctor blade that features a rubber seal system, creating an enclosed environment that stops leakage, emissions and any opportunity for the ink to react with the atmosphere.

Automating characteristics like viscosity, pH value and ink temperature is an effective way of reducing waste.  The ink supply system automatically regulates flow rate, pressure and viscosity, as it feeds ink to the chamber. In turn, the chamber feeds ink to the cells of the rotating anilox roll. Exactly the right pressure is maintained so there is a constant presence of ink between the blade and the anilox roll during production, stopping air bubbles from entering. In turn, this ensures blister-free printing, throughout the production run, at speeds of up to 800 metres per minute.

After the production run, the supply systems can perform automatic ink changes. They return almost all the ink remaining in the chamber to the bucket, cleaning without human intervention in minutes. At TRESU we have helped packaging converters achieve ink yield improvements of 30 per cent, by modernising their presses with an enclosed ink flow, featuring the F10 iCon supply system.   Ink supply systems and circulators are also available for handling water-based, UV-curable and solvent coating media with relatively large particles and higher viscosity.  

The enclosed chamber system enables more economical use of water for cleaning. First, with no leakage, the environment surrounding the press is likely to be cleaner. Second, carbon fibre chamber surfaces repel the ink enabling thorough cleaning with less water. There also self-cleaning chambers, such as TRESU’s MaxiPrint Concept, feature nozzles that jet water at high pressure, economising further on cleaning water.

Stable systems make flexo viable for more jobs

By incorporating the drying, ancillary and automated control systems, described above into an inline flexo press, therefore, stable printing is possible, at speed, with minimal defects or waste. This means flexo can achieve high definition up to at least 70 lines/cm with precision, not only faster, but at a lower unit cost.

With its lower emissions and the flexibility to include sophisticated converting processes, water-based flexo becomes the process of choice for numerous applications that were once only possible with gravure or offset. Examples include simulations of metallic foil to double sided coatings that protect the carton against moisture and grease.

 

Summary

A printing press should be an investment that brings returns for 20 years or more. There is a great responsibility to give careful consideration to the machine specification, because over such a long lifespan, this makes a big difference to the converter’s overall environmental – and financial - performance.

Undoubtedly, there is also a financial incentive to implement sustainable processes and practices, because the reduced consumption of materials, logistics, manual input and energy they bring results in lower cost-to-print and, in turn, greater profitability.

Arguably though, there is a yet greater motivation for the packaging value chain to care about how they affect the environment, than the profitability of the production line – important though it is.

Brand owners increasingly recognize that their market success and relevance depends on a good reputation for sustainability, among more socially aware consumers. They also face increasing pressure from a growing number of ‘ethical’ investors(9), as well as politicians, who see more stringent environmental legislation as a vote-winner. We can thus expect packaging buyers to look more closely at the environmental record of their suppliers.

With a modern inline flexo press, a packaging supplier is well-placed to show leadership in this area: it provides the flexibility to compete for short and long production runs, and the opportunity to contribute to a sustainable value chain as a “Green Technology Ambassador”.


 

Sources

(1) ‘How long does it take trash to decompose?’ – 4ocean.com, 20th January, 2018:

https://4ocean.com/blogs/blog/how-long-does-it-take-trash-to-biodegrade

(2) ‘Rethinking the future of plastics’ – Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2016: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/assets/downloads/EllenMacArthurFoundation_TheNewPlasticsEconomy_15-3-16.pdf See also ‘Turn down the heat’ (first publication) World Bank, 2012:  http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/climatechange/publication/turn-down-the-heat

(3) ‘Call to step up coffee cup recycling in battle on plastic waste’ – Financial Times, 27th January, 2018:

https://www.ft.com/content/15e2c906-01f2-11e8-9650-9c0ad2d7c5b5

(4) ‘Eight months on, is the world’s most drastic bag ban working?’ - The Guardian, 25th April, 2018: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/25/nairobi-clean-up-highs-lows-kenyas-plastic-bag-ban

(5) ‘European Geosciences Union: Act strongly before 2035 to keep warming below 2°C’ – Sciencedaily.com, August 30th, 2018: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/08/180830084818.htm

(6) ‘Starbucks commits $10m to decade-old pledge for fully recyclable cup – Packagingnewsco.uk, 22nd March, 2018: https://www.packagingnews.co.uk/news/markets/coffee-and-paper-cups/starbucks-commits-10m-decade-old-pledge-fully-recyclable-cup-22-03-2018

(7) ‘Caps from sugar cane’ – Tetra Pak:

https://innovationcreatesvalue.tetrapak.com/story/a-sweet-deal-on-caps/ 

(8) ‘Technology allows for wider coffee cup recycling’ – Pulp and Paper Canada, 25th May, 2018: https://www.pulpandpapercanada.com/news/technology-allows-for-wider-coffee-cup-recycling-1100001178

(9) ‘Busting the myths about ethical investing’  - George Salmon, Hargreaves Landsdown, 20 September, 2018: https://www.hl.co.uk/news/articles/busting-the-myths-around-ethical-investing See also ‘Sustainable investment joins the mainstream – The Economist, 25th November, 2017:  https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2017/11/25/sustainable-investment-joins-the-mainstream

Extra Links

To understand the spread of plastic waste around the globe’s oceans, visit:

http://plasticadrift.org/?lat=59&lng=-83.3¢er=-5&startmon=jan&direction=fwd

Studies have long shown that environmental and social concerns are strong purchasing drivers, with consumers willing to pay more for products with an environmentally friendly package.


 

 

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Thursday 22. November 2018
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Greetings from Labelexpo India 2018 with the new SAVEink chamber running at 4 colour printing machine

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Visitors to Labelexpo India will be able to experience the TRESU SAVEink chamber doctor blade installed on a press at the Alliance Printech PVT stand (F21).

 
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A highlight of the TRESU stand (stand M23) will be the new TRESU FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber doctor blade for narrow web flexo applications
up to 800mm wide. With an integrated high-capacity reservoir, the TRESU SAVEink chamber doctor blade is ideal for process and spot colours as
well as high ink transfer printing, without the need for a connected pump. TRESU SAVEink is suitable for long and short run production; ink may be added to the reservoir without stopping the press. 

The TRESU SAVEink chamber is sealed and locks into place in seconds without the risk of spilling or ink contamination. Its doctor blades are in fixed, pre-set positions and require no further adjustment: optimal contact is made with the anilox roll, minimising wear. 

TRESU’s chamber programme is available for all web widths from 185mm to 6000mm and includes light-weight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre and ceramic variants. Using the company’s unique “Pressure Control Technology”, the chambers eliminate air contamination and microfoaming, to ensure clean, uniform print on the substrate. Suitable applications include labels, flexible packaging, and paperboard printing and coating. Chamber blades may be supplied with new presses and retrofitted on existing ones.


 

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Wednesday 07. November 2018
Title:

Printing businesses achieve massive productivity boost with pump system from TRESU

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TRESU Group has optimised processes in the printing industry with an automated pump solution that reduces downtime and the risk of human error, and also makes it profitable to have smaller print runs. The system, which is supplied by Bürkert, increases productivity by up to 30 per cent.

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One of the major challenges in the printing industry is to achieve standardised, automated machinery that makes production more efficient and uniform. This is related to the fact that the art of printing is an ancient craft, and even if modern machines have made their mark, the production of printed material still involves a lot of manual work.


 

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From left: Christian Fogh-Hansen (R & D Manager at TRESU Group) and Ole Madsen (Sales Engineer at Bürkert) going through some details at the F10 ICon system in TRESU's demo room in Denmark. (Illustration: Mads Moltsen) 


Processes such as ink changes, cleaning and control of the ink’s viscosity, pressure and flow are still carried out manually in many factories, and by their very nature they increase the risk of human error. Furthermore, production is often in standby mode for lengthy periods during cleaning and ink changes.This was the background for TRESU Group’s decision to create a system solution that could eliminate the manual processes and simultaneously streamline and automate the process in full. 

TRESU Group located in Denmark, produces large printing machines and ancillary equipment for flexo printing for companies that produce everything from cardboard packaging to scratch cards. In 2012 they first sat down and thought about an automated pump solution that would be compatible with all kinds of printing machines. “We set ourselves four goals: we wanted to improve the production time, guarantee quality, simplify handling and reduce waste,” explains Christian Fogh-Hansen, R&D Manager at TRESU Group.

 

Would ink destroy the valves?

Their ambitions were high, but it turned out to be an even bigger challenge than expected. The system had to be able to handle both ink changes and cleaning automatically, and the first drawings were a sea of valves and ducts criss-crossing each other. The early models looked like birds’ nests, with complex three- and four-way valves. 

TRESU therefore contacted Bürkert, a company with extensive specialist expertise of valves that also develops complete, customised system solutions. “We needed Bürkert’s expertise to be able to translate the concept from theory into practice, and we knew that they had some robust on/off valves that we might be able to use,” explains Christian Fogh-Hansen. 

As the name suggests, on/off valves have only two settings, and they were to simplify the structure of the system. But the all-important question was whether the valves would be able to cope with the very thick, aggressive printing inks. Water-based inks are made of plastic, and in order for the plastic to be soluble and become liquid, a pH-regulating agent has to be added so that the level is above 8.2. Then, when the pump and the valves have to be cleaned of the ink, a cleaning liquid with an even higher pH level is sent through the system. 

Ole Madsen, who is a Sales Engineer at Bürkert, suggested a model 2000 angle seat valve for this task, but he wanted to make sure that the valves would be able to meet the customer’s requirements.“We’d not used the valves before in media with such a high viscosity, and we weren't sure whether we could deliver the desired number of connections while still guaranteeing an effective cleaning process,” he says. 

Ole Madsen and TRESU turned to Bürkert’s Development Department in Germany to discuss the task with product specialists in the systems house. In Germany they had experiences of similar assignments, and after a thorough review of requirements for the solution, they agreed that the 2000 model was ideal for this task. TRESU therefore initiated test runs in the specific application environment. The tests were successful. Calculations showed that the valves would last around 35 years at maximum pressure.“That was more than enough,” confirms Christian Fogh-Hansen.

  

Manifold made several functions possible

TRESU and Bürkert then initiated a close collaboration on the creation of an adapted system solution, and as the development phase proceeded, the solution was optimised several times. The finished solution was extremely compact. Along the way, 25 valves were reduced to 14, and to meet all of TRESU’s functional requirements the valves and other equipment were mounted on one single manifold, which linked together the various functions.

The plastic material used for the manifold was also extremely important, as the system had to be able to handle both water-based and solvent-based inks. When solvent-based inks are used, the equipment must have ATEX approval. The system solution also met this requirement.

 

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In the development phase, they succeeded in reducing 25 valves to just 14, and everything was mounted on
one single manifold in order to meet TRESU’s functional requirements. Illustration: Mads Moltsen

 

The design process has been a partnership between TRESU and Bürkert who worked according to an interactive model, in which they first of all developed the individual components and then assembled everything. 

“In such a process, we at Bürkert are not just a supplier, we’re involved in the whole process as a business partner, from advice and draft solution to prototype production, testing and delivery. It’s this partnership and the close dialogue with the customer about their process that create optimal system solutions. The customer’s challenges are our challenges, and achieving success with a combined system solution is a joint process, but I think we’ve definitely managed it,” says Ole Madsen.

 

Dramatic results

The results of these efforts is a digital, automated pump system known as F10 iCon, which TRESU is already supplying to several companies, where it has resulted in a major boost in production. In one company, the production time was improved by 30 per cent, and in another one they are now producing 10,000 square metres of packaging per hour compared with 7,000 before implementation. This is because the automatic pump system is much faster when cleaning the machine and changing inks. 

A printing machine can handle up to 24 printing systems with the same number of individual inks, and each ink requires a pump system to circulate the ink. In a traditional printing system, where ink changes and cleaning take place manually, it will typically take around ten minutes per ink. With the TRESU F10 iCon, it takes 5-10 minutes in total for all inks. 

This means not only an improved production time, but also a quicker change from one print job to the next. For TRESU’s customers, it can therefore be profitable to deliver smaller print runs, which their customers are demanding. “In the printing industry, processes are handled very differently. Every single printing facility has its own workflows and ideas about how things should be. We’ve developed a standardised system solution, and after a detailed introduction customers have been able to see the benefits of the system, and so far it’s produced really good results,” says Christian Fogh-Hansen. Watch the F10 iCon ink supply animation - click here.


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Bürkert

Bürkert is a German company that produces automation equipment, both components and complete systems for measuring and controlling gases and liquids. The company, which was founded in 1946, has its head office in Germany and sales offices in 36 countries, as well as four systems houses where customised solutions are produced. Bürkert has around 2,600 employees worldwide, of which 28 work at Bürkert Danmark, which has its head office and its own assembly and systems department for the development of customised automation solutions in Herlev.Visit website of Bürkert at www.burkert.co/uk

 

 

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Wednesday 07. November 2018
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Komori Open House Autumn 2018

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TRESU Group is proud to announce its support at the Komori Open House event at Komori International in Utrecht from November 7-8, 2018. Komori has organized a unique event with great potential for creating new leads, prospects and talks with existing and new customers for the entire EMEA.
 
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TRESU is exhibiting and showing the TRESU Pressure Control Technology, consisting of the TRESU Chamber Technology and TRESU Li series of Coating Circulators and TRESU Xi Coating Conditioners on Komori presses at the pressroom, and along with our table top booth we were able to discuss coating applications for all aspects of offset print.

 

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The TRESU UniPrint Combi chamber doctor blade system in a streamlined and compact design
for perfect handling. With TRESU Combi technology the solution is with flow operation for standard
coatings and new pressure control technology for foam elimination of sensitive coatings. With a
uniform blade clamping for high quality doctoring and the patented TRESU E-Line clamping system
for fast doctor blade change. For water-, UV- and solvent based inks and coatings.

You can read more about the TRESU UniPrint Combi chamber here - UniPrint Combi 

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Monday 29. October 2018
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New SAVEink chamber doctor blade for narrow web flexo highlights TRESU’s presence at Labelexpo India 2018

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At Labelexpo India 2018, TRESU Group will present its ancillary programme of automatic ink supply and chamber doctor blade systems for flexographic label and packaging presses providing solutions for reducing waste, consistently clean printing at faster speeds, and improved machine uptime (stand M23, 22-26 November, India Expo Center and Mart, Noida/ Delhi NCR).
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A highlight of the stand will be the new TRESU FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber doctor blade for narrow web flexo applications up to 800mm wide. With an integrated high-capacity reservoir, the TRESU SAVEink chamber doctor blade is ideal for process and spot colours as well as high ink transfer printing, without the need for a connected pump. TRESU SAVEink is suitable for long and short run production; ink may be added to the reservoir without
stopping the press. 

 

The TRESU SAVEink chamber is sealed and locks into place in seconds without the risk of spilling or ink contamination. Its doctor blades are in fixed, pre-set positions and require no further adjustment: optimal contact is made with the anilox roll, minimising wear. Visitors to Labelexpo India will also be able to experience the TRESU SAVEink chamber doctor blade installed on a press at the Alliance Printech PVT stand (F21).  

TRESU’s chamber programme is available for all web widths from 185mm to 6000mm and includes light-weight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre and ceramic variants. Using the company’s unique “Pressure Control Technology”, the chambers eliminate air contamination and microfoaming, to ensure clean, uniform print on the substrate. Suitable applications include labels, flexible packaging, and paperboard printing and coating. Chamber blades may be supplied with new presses and retrofitted on existing ones. 

 

Chamber doctor blade systems for enhanced flexo performance

Also featured on the stand are other models in the FlexiPrint range: FlexiPrint Basic and FlexiPrint Reservoir, offering high price-performance ratios. These doctor blade systems maximise print quality, efficient ink use, and savings on waste.

FlexiPrint Basic offers high-quality doctoring for anilox rolls from 80mm to 2000mm in width and between 60mm and 400mm in diameter. Suitable for water, solvent and UV-curable inks and coatings, FlexiPrint Basic features TRESU’s patented ‘E-Line’ eccentric clamping system and seals for fast, accurate and easy doctor blade changes, and protection of ink quality. 

FlexiPrint Reservoir is designed for water-based and UV coatings. It can be manually filled or used with a pump. The easy-load cassette enables fast colour/coating changes and the patented seals mean that surplus ink can be reserved in the chamber for future use.Information on the carbon fibre MaxiPrint Concept chamber for web widths from 1600mm to 6000mm will also be available. 

Ensuring a smooth supply of ink can save time and money and contribute to improved productivity. TRESU is recognised for its ink supply systems, which can be part of the configuration of a new press or retrofitted. Its flagship solution is the F10 iCon system that provides a complete cleaning and ink change cycle in 5 to 15 minutes for standard viscosity inks. Information of the full range of TRESU coating circulation and conditioners for high viscosity inks will be available on the stand.

 

Flexo Innovator: advanced inline flexographic printing

Information, samples and animations about the TRESU Flexo Innovator flexo printing machine for advanced, high-quality, high-speed packaging production for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates will also be available on the stand. 

With its customised line configuration and in web widths from 670mm to 1700mm, the Flexo Innovator is able to integrate water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks, as well as value-adding complementary processes, including double-sided printing, gravure coating (double-sided), inkjet, cold foil and lamination. Speeds of up to 800m/minute make the Flexo Innovator an advanced, versatile solution for both short and long-run production.

 

Global support

TRESU is noted for its highly responsive global support network that not only offers technical and sales assistance, but application consultancy to ensure that its customers are maximising their potential in a changing business environment. TRESU Group is represented in India by the distributor, CGSASP Pvt Ltd, based in New Delhi, providing a first point of contact for enquiries, as well as a local source of support and consumable products. 

 “The labels market in India continues to expand at a high rate, and those businesses that are able to meet both quality and price demands will be those with the most efficient equipment and production workflows,” said Steen Rasmussen, area sales manager, TRESU Ancillary. “Indian label and packaging converters are well positioned to benefit from the rapidly changing market conditions with their ability to respond quickly. TRESU ancillary solutions, like the new FlexiPrint SAVEink chamber and the F10 iCon ink supply system can make a huge difference to a converter’s competitiveness.”

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Tuesday 23. October 2018
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TRESU Flexo Innovator press for the folding carton packaging market to be represented in Poland by GRAW

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TRESU Group is pleased to announce that its Flexo Innovator printing machine for folding carton packaging will be represented in Poland by GRAW in an extended distribution agreement.

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GRAW has represented TRESU products, including its chamber doctor blade and intelligent ink supply systems, for a number of years. The company has added a new machinery sales department to handle representation of the TRESU Flexo Innovator. 

Capable of speeds up to 800m/min, TRESU Flexo Innovator press can include diverse value-adding processes, such as double-sided printing, rotogravure, inkjet, cold foil lamination and converting. It can integrate water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks and is available in printing widths between 670mm and 1700mm. Applications include folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates. The Flexo Innovator includes many features that reduce waste, energy usage and emissions. Among these are the recycling of air used by the
drying units, safe heat extraction and energy recycling via chilling systems and automated control of ink flow
by TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system. 

 

“This is an exciting development for both companies and we are very happy to expand our cooperation
with GRAW which has proven its capabilities in the region,” said Ronni Nielsen, area sales manager,
TRESU Solutions.

 

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Pictured left to right: Michał Brendzel, Sales Manager GRAW;  Marek Wielemborek, Owner GRAW;
Ronni Nielsen, Area Sales Manager TRESU Solutions; Agnieszka Głowacka, Machinery Sales Manager GRAW.

 
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Friday 28. September 2018
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TRESU Group and Lohmann collaborate to show quality of flexo on carton packaging

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TRESU Group and mounting tape manufacturer Lohmann have collaborated to show how flexo printing can efficiently meet brand-owners’ expectations for high-quality, impactful folding carton packaging.
 

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Using TRESU’s Flexo Innovator printing line, with Lohmann’s compressible DuploFLEX® 5.2 foam mounting tape securing high-definition plates, the companies reproduced in 60lpc resolution an 1889 self-portrait by post-impressionist artist Vincent van Gogh, made challenging because of its vivid colour contrasts and fine brush strokes. 

The painting was printed in four water-based colours on 240gsm full-coated paper, followed by UV-treatment with the Flexo Innovator at TRESU’s Kolding, Denmark-based Demo Center. 

TRESU’s Flexo Innovator printing line, with its stable platform, unit-to-unit air drying and the company’s own enclosed chamber doctor blade system, ensured register accuracy and uniform, clean ink transfer at speeds up to 800m/min. The press has the capability to integrate water-based, UV and solvent ink sets as well as a host of added-value finishing processes inline. 

To accurately reproduce the highlight areas, a soft Kodak NX plate was selected, with microdots capable of reproducing tonal ranges from 0.5% to 100%. Lohmann’s 0.55mm-thick DuploFLEX® 5.2 compressible foam tape, with a pure polyethylene foam carrier, has a smooth surface, absorbing the excess pressure, to protect the plate’s microstructures but enable the desired level of ink transfer when the plate makes contact with the substrate.  

Thomas Holzer, market manager graphics EMEA at Lohmann, comments: “The aim of this project was to print in flexo a job that normally executed in offset, and to compare results in terms of resolution, definition, register, tonal range and colour intensity. Using a challenging artwork, we have shown that through careful selection of compatible components, flexo printing quality is at least equivalent to other processes. This provides packaging converters and brand owners the opportunity to save costs thanks to flexo’s workflow efficiencies, higher speeds and versatility with many substrate types, while getting the same excellent results. 

“This self-portrait was selected, in Lohmann´s new marketing campaign, to pay homage to the printers, because every print should be a masterpiece,” continues Holzer. “It goes to show that getting maximum quality out of flexographic printing is real artistry.” 

For more information about Lohmann's DuploFLEX® foam mounting tape, and inspiration for achieving flexographic excellence on folding carton, self-adhesive labels and flexible packaging, visit:
www.lohmann-flexperts.com 

Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions, comments: “Trialling and testing to find the optimum combination of materials and equipment is crucial for advancing print quality and efficiency. The Flexo Innovator at our Demo Center is proving a fast and cost-effective way of bringing value-adding product innovations to market, in conjunction with supplier partners, converters and brand-owners.”

 

 

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Tuesday 25. September 2018
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TRESU E-Line Chamber and Flexo Concepts TruPoint Orange are now ready for the narrow web printing presses

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TRESU Group will be showcasing TruPoint Orange doctor blades on the new E-line clamping system at LabelExpo Americas 2018.  The E-Line TRESU Chamber Doctor Blade System with the patented TRESU Doctor Blade Quick Change System

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The fixing of blades is carried out by an eccentric clamping mechanism which allows de-mounting of the blade holders and blades in just a few seconds. Re-assembly with new blades is just as fast and easy. The properties of the TruPoint Orange blade material and the patented TRESU E-Line eccentric blade changes is eliminates risk of injury when installing and removing doctor blades from the press. Visit TRESU Group at stand #1308 to learn more or read more here.

 

Watch the video showing how easy blade change - click on the picture below.

 

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Wednesday 19. September 2018
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Inline flexo: a cost-effective alternative to gravure

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by Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions

Less than a generation ago, the suggestion that converters should consider moving from gravure to flexo would have been highly unusual. In fact, many far-sighted and cost-conscious converters dared to do that, pushing limits of every aspect of flexographic printing from plate making, press and register controls, automatic web inspection, and advanced finishing.

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Today, as they say, it’s a whole new ball game. There have been major advances in plate materials and processing, faster mounting systems, more advanced press controls and inspection systems, new approaches to inking, and innovative concepts in press design. Each of these brings benefits to quality, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and waste and energy reduction. 

Three other important changes have influenced today’s packaging converting markets: the huge growth of big brands; the almost equally large growth of “own brands”, and the consequent changes in the overall dynamics of world economies. Legislation regarding the information required on packaging about ingredients, origins, nutritional values as well as environmental compliance have also impacted the packaging market. Variations in national and regional laws have played a significant part in the need for shorter run-lengths. 

The combination of these factors has resulted in a transformation in the way that packaging is ordered, printed and distributed. The sum of these technical, environmental and economical elements has shifted the viabilities of printing processes. Flexo has emerged as the printing process that delivers more than ever before with high-quality standards, production speeds, and cost-effectiveness. Moreover, inline flexo presses have demonstrated the ability to handle jobs formerly printed with gravure presses using water-based inks and coatings on a wide range of substrates.

 

Meeting new demands from end to end

TRESU’s Flexo Innovator is an inline press available in widths from 670-1700mm that can operate at speeds of 600m/minute minute or optionally higher, compared to typical gravure press speeds of 200-300m/minute. These high speeds are in part possible because of unit-to-unit drying (or curing, if using UV inks). Because of its line formation, double-sided printing is easily possible without using a turn bar. 

Prepress for inline flexo solutions like the Flexo Innovator is faster and less expensive than gravure cylinder engraving, and does not produce hazardous waste. These are key advantages when handling shorter as well as long runs. Flexo plate preparation is cost-effective for packaging converters with web presses to bring in-house, while gravure imaging is most often out-sourced, with demanding investment, logistical and time implications. 

Use of sleeve technology for both printing plates and anilox rolls accelerates job change-overs and greatly reduces waste in achieving register. With the added aid of automated controls, start-up waste with inline flexo is limited to about the web length of the press. The combination of higher speeds and faster job changes results in higher productivity. Also contributing to the efficiency are faster and easier cleaning and maintenance made possible by the high level of accessibility of the press units that inline flexo uniquely offers. The enclosed chamber doctor blade and inking system with automatic ink recirculation has automatic cleaning of the chambers, doctor blades and anilox rolls. 

TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system adjusts ink flow automatically, controlling pH, pressure, viscosity and temperature. The sealed chambers prevent ink from becoming contaminated so excess ink can be safely returned to containers for future use. This closed ink loop also means that there is less evaporation, as well as a more pleasant, presentable press room environment. Leakage and emissions are also prevented, while an efficient clamping system enables doctor blade changes in less than two minutes. The pressure control prevents micro-foaming at high speeds and its consequential impact on print quality. While an important feature of the Flexo Innovator, the F10 iCon ink system can also be specified or retrofitted to other press types.

 

Understanding the whole concept

While each of the features of the Flexo Innovator makes its own contribution to quality, efficiency, and waste-saving, the power of the concept is further enriched by its ability to integrate added-value inline finishing operations. 

For packaging converters required to produce shorter runs to tight budgets and deadlines, the integration of as many print enhancements or finishing processes as possible contributes to profit margins, throughput and reduced time-to-market. 

For example, the addition of metallic effect inks that resemble foils, and protective or enhancing coatings in a single pass, can be a strong competitive advantage. Inks and coatings of different sets and viscosities (water-based, UV curable and solvent) can be accommodated by the inking systems and optimal drying/curing equipment placed after each unit, for dry unit-to-unit printing.

 

Lean, green technology

The automation and efficiency of the inline press enables lean and sustainable production. In addition to ink savings and reduced start-up waste, air from the drying units is recycled via a heat exchange module and returned at the desired temperature and humidity levels. Similarly, heat can be extracted from chilling units for recycling. 

The Flexo Innovator can be readily extended for additional colours, special coatings, double-sided printing, or finishing processes. For example, a gravure module for coating may be added for special applications, or an inkjet system for coding and marking. The press configurations maybe roll-to-roll, roll-to-sheet, roll-to-plate cutter or roll-to-rotating die cutting Printing units not in use during a run can be prepared for the next job because of the easy access possible with ground-level units.With in-built “green” technology features, the Flexo Innovator can help brand-owners as well as packaging converters meet their companies’ environmental objectives. 

Flexo Innovator presses can be built to meet individual customer requirements in mid or wide web widths, and with repeat lengths up to 1060mm for maximum application flexibility. TRESU’s training for operators and maintenance crews is comprehensive and thorough, while its worldwide network of support engineers will help to ensure optimal performance and maximum uptime.  

It’s a different world to that of a generation ago. Markets, technologies, and economies have changed, and the quest for quality intensified. Responding profitably to today’s demands requires a new approach: inline flexo with its advanced systems offers a powerful, competitive and sustainable solution for today, and tomorrow.


 

 
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Monday 17. September 2018
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TRESU’s advanced flexo solutions at Fachpack 2018 part two: Flexo Innovator paperboard printing line

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TRESU Group will be presenting its Flexo Innovator press and ink supply solutions for brand owners and board, flexible packaging and label converters at its début appearance at Fachpack 2018, 25-27 September, Messe Nürnberg, Nuremberg Germany.

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At the TRESU Group stand (Hall 8, Stand 8-304) there will be information, animations and samples that demonstrate the TRESU Innovator inline press for advanced, high-quality, high-speed packaging production and exhibits of its value-adding, performance and quality improving ancillaries. Designed for the needs of brand owners and packaging converters, the Flexo Innovator is the result of TRESU’s own research and development and exceptional engineering, to deliver the shorter runs, higher quality, and fast turnarounds needed to compete in today’s market conditions.

 

Setting new standards – the Flexo Innovator 

TRESU’s Flexo Innovator, a complete printing line and coating system for high-value packaging applications, combines outstanding print quality, high-speed production and fast job changes with ergonomic design and sustainable printing.

 

Available in web widths from 670mm to 1700mm, the Flexo Innovator is a custom-configured, multi-process inline printing and converting press for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates.

 

An efficient single-pass alternative to labour-intensive central impression presses, the Flexo Innovator is able to integrate water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks. It also offers additional high-end complementary processes including double-sided printing, gravure coating (double-sided), inkjet, cold foil lamination and converting, in a single operation.

 

High-speed unit-to-unit drying, automatic ink supply and sleeve systems are features of this stable, efficient platform that is capable of speeds up to 800m/minute.

 

The low-level inline architecture means that all units are easily accessible and that make-ready preparations can be made on unused units while the press is running. The ability to handle multiple processes means that time is saved in transferring materials to off-line finishing equipment, and the risk of handling damage is reduced.

 

With environmental concerns a high priority of brand owners and converters alike, the TRESU Flexo Innovator has been designed for sustainable production. Features that reduce substrate and ink waste, energy and emissions, reduce the press’s environmental footprint and demonstrate TRESU’s commitment to sustainability.

 

Comprehensive ancillary program for automated flexo ink supply

Also exhibited at the stand will be TRESU’s ancillary solutions, comprising chamber doctor blades and ink supply systems. These provide enclosed, automatically controlled ink and coating circulation, resulting in clean print, uniform ink density, reductions in material waste and makeready times, and faster production speeds.

 

TRESU’s chamber doctor blade systems feature a long-life rubber seal system that provides an airtight enclosure, preventing leakage and enabling ink pressure to be maintained at consistently high levels. This in turn eliminates microfoaming. Fast, safe blade exchange comes as standard. The chamber programme, available for widths between 185mm and 6000mm, includes lightweight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre and ceramic variants. For web widths from 1600mm, the new MaxiPrint Concept chamber features an integrated cleaning. The SAVEink chamber is suited for widths up to 800mm.

 

The F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure, and viscosity, to ensure a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate, without any air contamination. It also provides thorough automatic cleaning and fast automatic ink changes.

 

Efficient coating for digital packaging printing

There will also be information on TRESU’s coating systems for integration with sheet-fed digital folding carton printing presses. These apply added-value full-surface and spot coatings as well as metallic embellishments directly after the printing stage. The TRESU Pinta is available for Xerox iGen presses, and the TRESU iCoat 30000 is designed for use with HP Indigo 30000 digital presses. TRESU supports these workflows with a comprehensive range of consumables such as varnish media, tapes and sleeves, as well as cutting equipment, thereby covering every element in this coating workflow. 

 

Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions, comments: “Thanks to TRESU flexo technology, from ink supply systems, to complete printing and converting lines, brand owners and converters are benefiting from advances in quality that can be comparable with gravure and offset, reduced cost per unit, increased productivity and faster time to market. A visit to the Fachpack 2018 stand is strongly recommended to discover how these technologies are providing the basis for profitability and operational excellence in label and packaging printing.”


 

 
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Monday 17. September 2018
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TRESU’s advanced flexo solutions at Fachpack 2018 part two: Flexo Innovator paperboard printing line

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TRESU Group will be presenting its Flexo Innovator press and ink supply solutions for brand owners and board, flexible packaging and label converters at its début appearance at Fachpack 2018, 25-27 September, Messe Nürnberg, Nuremberg Germany.

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At the TRESU Group stand (Hall 8, Stand 8-304) there will be information, animations and samples that demonstrate the TRESU Innovator inline press for advanced, high-quality, high-speed packaging production and exhibits of its value-adding, performance and quality improving ancillaries. Designed for the needs of brand owners and packaging converters, the Flexo Innovator is the result of TRESU’s own research and development and exceptional engineering, to deliver the shorter runs, higher quality, and fast turnarounds needed to compete in today’s market conditions.

 

Setting new standards – the Flexo Innovator 

TRESU’s Flexo Innovator, a complete printing line and coating system for high-value packaging applications, combines outstanding print quality, high-speed production and fast job changes with ergonomic design and sustainable printing.

 

Available in web widths from 670mm to 1700mm, the Flexo Innovator is a custom-configured, multi-process inline printing and converting press for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates.

 

An efficient single-pass alternative to labour-intensive central impression presses, the Flexo Innovator is able to integrate water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks. It also offers additional high-end complementary processes including double-sided printing, gravure coating (double-sided), inkjet, cold foil lamination and converting, in a single operation.

 

High-speed unit-to-unit drying, automatic ink supply and sleeve systems are features of this stable, efficient platform that is capable of speeds up to 800m/minute.

 

The low-level inline architecture means that all units are easily accessible and that make-ready preparations can be made on unused units while the press is running. The ability to handle multiple processes means that time is saved in transferring materials to off-line finishing equipment, and the risk of handling damage is reduced.

 

With environmental concerns a high priority of brand owners and converters alike, the TRESU Flexo Innovator has been designed for sustainable production. Features that reduce substrate and ink waste, energy and emissions, reduce the press’s environmental footprint and demonstrate TRESU’s commitment to sustainability.

 

Comprehensive ancillary program for automated flexo ink supply

Also exhibited at the stand will be TRESU’s ancillary solutions, comprising chamber doctor blades and ink supply systems. These provide enclosed, automatically controlled ink and coating circulation, resulting in clean print, uniform ink density, reductions in material waste and makeready times, and faster production speeds.

 

TRESU’s chamber doctor blade systems feature a long-life rubber seal system that provides an airtight enclosure, preventing leakage and enabling ink pressure to be maintained at consistently high levels. This in turn eliminates microfoaming. Fast, safe blade exchange comes as standard. The chamber programme, available for widths between 185mm and 6000mm, includes lightweight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre and ceramic variants. For web widths from 1600mm, the new MaxiPrint Concept chamber features an integrated cleaning. The SAVEink chamber is suited for widths up to 800mm.

 

The F10 iCon ink supply system regulates ink flow, pressure, and viscosity, to ensure a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate, without any air contamination. It also provides thorough automatic cleaning and fast automatic ink changes.

 

Efficient coating for digital packaging printing

There will also be information on TRESU’s coating systems for integration with sheet-fed digital folding carton printing presses. These apply added-value full-surface and spot coatings as well as metallic embellishments directly after the printing stage. The TRESU Pinta is available for Xerox iGen presses, and the TRESU iCoat 30000 is designed for use with HP Indigo 30000 digital presses. TRESU supports these workflows with a comprehensive range of consumables such as varnish media, tapes and sleeves, as well as cutting equipment, thereby covering every element in this coating workflow. 

 

Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions, comments: “Thanks to TRESU flexo technology, from ink supply systems, to complete printing and converting lines, brand owners and converters are benefiting from advances in quality that can be comparable with gravure and offset, reduced cost per unit, increased productivity and faster time to market. A visit to the Fachpack 2018 stand is strongly recommended to discover how these technologies are providing the basis for profitability and operational excellence in label and packaging printing.”


 

 
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Wednesday 12. September 2018
Title:

TRESU's SAVEink chamber doctor blade for narrow web flexo debuts at Labelexpo Americas

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Meet TRESU Group (Stand 1308) at Labelexpo 2018, 25-27 September, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois, USA 

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At Labelexpo Americas 2018, TRESU Group will showcase complete ancillary solutions for automatically regulating ink circulation on flexo presses for more efficient label and carton board production. There will also be information about its Flexo Innovator printing line for high-speed paperboard applications and coating systems for digital folding carton lines. 

TRESU’s ancillary solutions, comprising chamber doctor blades and ink supply systems, provide enclosed, automatically controlled ink and coating circulation, resulting in clean print, uniform ink density, reductions in material waste and makeready times, and faster production speeds.

Making its debut at a Labelexpo series exhibition is the new FlexiPrint Reservoir SAVEink chamber doctor blade, for narrow-web flexo applications up to 800mm (31.5in) wide. Its integrated reservoir contains a large ink volume, making it ideal for application of normal and spot colours, as well as high ink transfer printing, without the need for a connected pump. Ink may be added manually without stopping the press, giving the system flexibility for long and short-run production. 

The sealed chamber easily locks into place in seconds, so there is no risk of spilling or ink contamination. Doctor blades are in a pre-set position, without the need for further adjustment, ensuring optimal anilox contact with minimal wear. An automatic indicator shows when blade replacement is necessary. 

TRESU’s chamber doctor blade systems maximise print quality, efficient ink use, and savings on waste. Using the company’s unique “Pressure Control Technology”, the chambers eliminate air contamination and microfoaming, to ensure clean, uniform print on the substrate. A key feature of the technology is a long-life rubber seal system that provides an airtight enclosure, preventing leakage and enabling ink pressure to be maintained at consistently high levels. A liquid barrier forms between the rotating anilox cells and the chamber, preventing air from entering in the cells from transferring during production. The chamber doctor blades also feature fast, safe blade exchange as standard. 

The chamber programme is available for all widths from 185mm to 6000mmm (7.28in to 236.22in), and includes lightweight, corrosion-resistant carbon fibre and ceramic variants.  They cover label, flexible packaging and paperboard printing and coating applications. 

Another product highlight is the carbon-fibre MaxiPrint Concept chamber, in widths of 1600mm to 6000mm (63in to 236.22in).  Its integrated cleaning nozzle with low-pressure water-shot mechanism efficiently cleans the chamber and anilox roll, fast, with minimal water loss.

 

Automatic ink supply and temperature control systems

TRESU supply systems automatically control flow, pressure level and colour density, to provide consistent print quality without air contamination, and thorough, fast simultaneous chamber-cleaning. As part of the automatic cleaning, a very large proportion of the unused ink can be returned to the bucket, resulting in significant long-term ink savings.  The chambers can be retrofitted as an upgrade of existing equipment.  

TRESU’s F10 iCon ink supply system, suitable for inks of standard viscosity, provides a complete chamber cleaning and ink change cycle taking between 5 and 15 minutes. Information on TRESU’s full range of coating circulators and conditioners for higher viscosity applications will also be available on the stand.

TRESU provides a complete container-to-substrate ink logistics solution, developed on a bespoke basis to meet the printer’s specific application needs. A closed-loop system, inkLink provides effective process control for uniform quality, less waste and reduced costs.  

A large sales, technical and IT support team at the Dallas-based subsidiary, TRESU Americas, serves North, Central and South American customers with a rapid supply of consumables, remote performance monitoring, diagnostics, training and consultancy. The subsidiary also includes extensive manufacturing facilities.

 

Efficient coating for digital packaging printing

TRESU also provides coating systems for integration with sheet-fed digital folding carton printing presses. These apply added-value full-surface and spot coatings as well as metallic embellishments directly after the printing stage. The TRESU Pinta is available for Xerox iGen presses, and the TRESU iCoat 30000 is designed for use with HP Indigo 30000 digital presses. Both perform at the same speeds as the presses and offer setup times of less than five minutes. Additionally, TRESU supplies a comprehensive range of consumables such as varnish media, tapes and sleeves, as well as cutting equipment, thereby covering every element in this coating workflow. 

 

Setting new standards – the Flexo Innovator

Also on the TRESU stand will be information, animations and samples that demonstrate the TRESU Innovator inline press for advanced, high-quality, high-speed packaging production with folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates.Custom-configured in web widths from 670mm to 1700mm (26.38in to 66.92in), the Flexo Innovator is able to integrate water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks. It can include a host of value-adding complementary processes, including double-sided printing, gravure coating (double-sided), inkjet, cold foil lamination and converting. Speeds of up to 800m/minute (2625ft/min) are possible.

 

Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions, comments: “At installations across North America, the Flexo Innovator is helping packaging and paper converters to achieve world-class manufacturing standards. The press is providing the platform for boosting throughput and uptime, accelerating product innovation and assuring outstanding quality.” “The labels and narrow web market remains dynamic in the Americas, and we are seeing continued growth – especially in South America – as converters recognise the impact TRESU’s solutions can have on their drive for efficiency,” said Scott Hibbs, president, TRESU Americas. “By working closely with converters, press and consumables suppliers, Our R&D teams have developed presses and ancillaries that address today’s challenges, and requirements for sustainability and competitiveness.”

 

TRESU is seeking experienced agents to complement its service to its growing South American customer base and will be pleased to meet representatives at the booth.

 

 

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Tel: +39 02 96 59 202

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Japan

Tel: +81 (0) 6-4703-0601

Mail: sales@tresu.jp

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Huashang Building, Room 613

No. 2 Yanjing Xili

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100025 Bejing, China

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Mail: sales@tresu.cn

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Mail: tresu-americas@tresu.com

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