PRESS RELEASE – February, 2014
TCL packaging has signed a contract with Uteco in Italy for the supply of a new Onyx 808GL central impression flexographic printing press. The equipment will be installed in the company’s new factory in Telford, during spring of this year.
The press, at an investment of nearly £1.5M, provides the very latest print technology required to meet increased demand for TCL’s printed packaging films. It is the second new printing press purchased by the company in three years and comes after an extended period of double-digit, year on year sales growth.
Increased production efficiencies will be achieved by the press through in-line slitting of large diameter film reels removing the need for post processing. It has an extended drying tunnel for faster speeds, shorter run down times and automatic adjustment of impression pressure to eradicate print errors and minimise film waste.
The machine will be the first of its kind supplied to a specification developed between the two companies. Markus Jarvstrom, technical director of TCL Packaging explains “From the beginning we specified a video inspection system that would deliver an increased resolution image of the print on a larger screen. This displays a finer level of detail on line and full web width visibility for maximising quality.
We also required a drive system able to offer independent, even rotation of the plate sleeve drive motors to give optimum dot quality and a sharper impression. The final specification meets all our requirements perfectly”