Two different print runs at 1,000 fpm were demonstrated with a CI-drum cleaning and print-sleeve exchange performed during the changeover. Details of the 8-color backside print job on 75-gauge OPP film include four process, three spot colors and white using 175-line-screen image and ITR plates from OEC Graphics and INX solvent-based inks. Harper Corp. of America anilox rolls were 1,200-line / 2.0-bcm for CMYK, 1,000-line, 2.2-bcm for orange, violet and green, and 400-line / 6.0-bcm for white. Flint Group provided the plate sleeves.
Other specs on the Fusion C: Standard print-repeat range of 12-30 in.; prints solvent, water, UV and EB inks; runs film, foil and paper substrates. The compactness of the press allows easy changeover of the bottom eight print sleeves from ground level; operators need to use the staircase only for the two top print sleeves. The Fusion C also features PCMC’s Vortex HP automatic wash-up system that cleans all decks in only 4 mins; and the Flextreme high-velocity, air-impingement dryer that uses 50% less air as well as renewable electric energy via regenerative power braking. Other Premium Sponsors at the event were Filmquest Group, 3M Co., Taghleef Industries, Klockner Pentaplast and Rossini.
The Impact 2016 program also included a print demo on the 42-in. Fusion Board press at the PCMC facility. A zero-speed splice of the paperboard substrate was performed during the 1,000-fpm press run via its integrated Martin Automatic unit. The press itself features Meech static control and web cleaning, Enercon Industries corona surface treating, AVT 100% print inspection and AccuWeb guides.
My Thoughts: It was interesting to note the latest stage in the evolution of CI-flexo printing as demonstrated at PCMC. When I first wrote exclusively about the converting industry back in 1995, 8-color presses were nearly unheard of, let alone 10-color. And the dryers and the gears and motion-control technology of that era made CI presses more cumbersome compared to the new Fusion C. PCMC says it chose a 42-in. web width for the C because it meets the most apps for the markets the press is aimed at. Going much wider would kind of defeat the point of a really “compact” press.