SLOVAKIA PRINTER OPTS FOR SOME FLEXO-PRESS
Label printer Aluprint of Vrutky, Slovakia is one of the first companies in eastern Europe to invest in Soma’s central impression (CI) UV flexo press technology with the installation of a Mini 80-8-UVG model. The eight colour 800mm wide press is one of five UV flexo models recently supplied in the region by Soma.
Founded in 1993 Aluprint already prints with sheet fed, web offset and UV flexo label presses and took a decisive step in selecting a mid web CI, UV flexo, flexible packaging press to expand its operation. The company prints a wide range of products. General director, Ludivit Pauliny commented, ‘We purchased the Soma press to enlarge our capacity in UV flexo technology with a wider web size. We use photopolymer plates with 60 line screens and are able to print down to a 3% dot on the Soma. We print 20-25,000 print runs and the press enables us to compete in the gravure market with comparable quality on shrink sleeves at a lower cost price. The decision to select Soma was based on the suitability of the printing width and availability of service was also a key consideration’.
The Soma Mini press specification includes the company’s own make central drum thermal stabilisation system to assist in managing heat issues when running extensible films. Gearless servo-driven operation gives enhanced registration and precise plate pressure and provides a wider range of repeat capability. The line is completed with non-stop unwind/rewind units for higher productivity and NuvaPlus UV curing lamp heads from GEW.