Customers from Central Asian countries such as Uzbekistan, Armenia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and also a leading flexible packaging convertor from Bangladesh Kalyar Replica, to whom the machine will be supplied for pharma packaging, attended the event.
The ideal printing speed on the machine is 150 meters/minute for aluminum foil, while other substrates can run up to 200 meters/minute.
The press that prints with solvent-based inks also comes affixed with the unique feature of an Electrical Heating System unlike the usually seen heating system of hot air generator or thermal oil thereby helps in quick start up of operation.
UFlex has developed the machine with technical inputs from MRG Grafomac of Italy and the in-house design team.
“RotoflexStanmas20 is a highly sophisticated machine by UFlex making us the pioneer in manufacturing of this special purpose gravure machine for aluminum foil printing, which is otherwise a difficult task," said Sanjay Malik Sabharwal, executive VP, Engineering Business, UFlex. "This machine addresses the issue of aluminum foil brittleness, by special adjustments to ensure that the press is better equipped to handle the foil to ensure no breakage while moving from one station to another.
"Keeping in mind the need to reduce the use of nylon in blister packaging for obvious reasons, this machine will cater to the high growth pharmaceutical market, especially blister packaging and also open new avenues in lidding for UFlex."
Suitable for narrow web application, Rotoflex Stanmas 20 is a mechanical line shaft that specializes in printing on the aluminum foil of varying thickness. While the trial printing for the Open House was conducted on 8 microns of aluminum, the machine can print aluminum foil of a wide range of thickness, depending on the requirement. Likewise, the color configuration of Rotoflex Stanmas 20 can stretch to 8 colors.