The REVO Digital Flexo project broke technology limitations and successfully drove flexo toward the digital world of printing, BOBST said.
Daragh Whelan led a team of BOBST Solution Masters in the Solution Corner. He's been part of the REVO Technology Team since the very start; initially as technical director of the converting company where the project was first implemented, and then as REVO Product Manager at Bobst Firenze.
“Aside from REVO’s extraordinary achievements, in terms of process productivity, print and color consistency and repeatability, what I find unique is the level of process and technological support that partners provide and that converters can find in the REVO Academy, which is housed in the Competence Center of Bobst Firenze, in Italy," said Whelan. "We are the only manufacturers in the world to have an internal pre-press department that is totally dedicated to clients’ results and solution proposals.
“At the Academy, we can guide clients coming from different segments of the label, flexible and carton packaging markets through the whole process, from their file to the end product, as well as advise them about the best products to choose based on their requirements and goals. We can also calculate their ROI and TCO using our customer data to compare and increase their efficiency levels. As for BOBST, this also means we can continue to improve and simplify the process.”
Simone Topazzini, project manager and competence center coordinator, Bobst Firenze, explained the role of each REVO partner’s technology in the process.
“As the REVO Academy is equipped with the latest prepress and plate making equipment from Esko and DuPont, our clients can send their current files, convert them to 7-color ECG and have plates produced on site," Topazzini said. "Plates are mounted and verified automatically using our DigiMountTM flexo plate mounter. On press, most tasks are performed automatically using Digital Flexo. Low-migration inks from Flint Group also allow customers to use samples for migration testing and with GTT anilox rollers from Apex International, we can guarantee no spitting and clean printing throughout the print run.
“On press, AVT 100 percent inspection equipment, with an inline spectrophotometer, reads and reports real-time data into the Color Cert program from X-Rite, so clients can instantly see the data relating to Delta E, dot gain and trapping. Many clients find this extraordinary as it takes less than 2 hours from file to printing."
The Labelexpo stand area dedicated to BOBST benchmark services highlighted the Group’s commitment to continuously enhancing its capabilities. Alongside a very comprehensive range of products and assistance programs aimed at ensuring that productivity can be kept at optimum levels on installed equipment, BOBST is also bringing customers into a world of advanced connectivity.
In an area of the stand dedicated to BOBST Services, exciting displays demonstrated new innovative, connected services that provide customers with instant expert advice and provide a full overview of machine operations using augmented reality.
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