Process efficiency and control 

While the package printing market is steadily growing, there is a noticeable trend to shorter production runs as manufacturers diversify their brands, increasing SKUs, with greater variation in pack size, and more targeted geographical availability. This practice puts pressure on converters, as suppliers reduce costs by ordering smaller volumes more frequently. The result is that it’s not unheard of for converters to print up to 15 jobs in an eight-hour shift. Furthermore, brand owners are demanding sustainable packaging solutions that minimise the burden on the environment.

Due to its horizontal configuration, inline is the only flexo process to offer safe, manual accessibility at all stages in the printing / converting sequence, without the need for ladders or stairwells. A modular platform enables customisation with any number of colours as well as a wide variety of added-value converting options to deliver a finished product in a single pass. The press’s ability to print with UV-, water-based and solvent-based ink sets as well as metallic foil is also crucial in a multi-process line. 

The increased reliance on repeat orders necessitates high levels of automation, so that a host of job settings can be recalled instantly, not only saving time but reducing risk of error. The latest generation presses calibrate the press according to a host of data for each job, such as ink flow, register, impression, anilox cells, web thickness, tension, and drying temperatures, among others.  

Read article for further details: "The competitive advantages of inline Flexo printing"  

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