Talking about the features of the machine at the launch, Ajay Tandon, president/CEO-Engineering Business of Uflex, says, “Uflexo Elisa, as we have chosen to call it, is an 8-color, central-impression, gearless flexo press with an additional station for special-purpose registered coating applications. We are the only converting machines manufacturer in India to have achieved this feat. This has been possible due to the vision and foresightedness of our Chairman Ashok Chaturvedi and the Technology Transfer Arrangement that we have with Comiflex SRL which may have relatively smaller operations, but is a distinguished manufacturer of state-of-the-art, CI-flexo presses under the leadership of subject matter expert and technocratGianfranco Nespoli.”
"The press can handle a web width of 1,350 mm with an attainable speed up to 400 mpm, depending on the type and quality of materials to be printed, inks, plates, ink coverage with color overlay, among others. The anilox sleeves for this machine are ceramic-coated, having a diameter of 172 mm. The press can work with both water- and solvent-based inks for printing a variety of substrates like HD-LDPE (14-100 microns); polypropylene (10-50 microns); PET (10-50 microns) and paper (40-80 gsm), among others.”
Explaining specific details about the machine, Sanjay Malik Sabharwal, exec vp-Engineering Business, adds, “The central-impression cylinder is a double-walled steel drum with a diameter of 1,400mm mounted on self-alignment roller bearings, rectified and provided with a water-circulating system. High-precision digital ratio encoder is connected in axis with the CI cylinder to give a perfect synchronization between central impression, plates and anilox mandrels.
"We have deployed a patented technology to reduce the consumption of solvent required in cleaning the press, bringing it down from 100% to almost 10%. Not only does this save on solvent but also on time and energy. Uflexo also offers auto color registration and correction. Uniform temperature is maintained around the CI drum for achieving better printing."
Emphasizing the computer control management of the press, Tandon says, “Uflexo Elisa is an extremely operator-friendly printing machine with 19-inch, one-touch screen monitor for complete setting of press and control of running conditions. The system comes equipped with modem connectivity to the service team of Uflex for remote monitoring, diagnostics and associated trouble shooting to provide real time assistance to the clients.”