In-line flexo press offers greater versatility when dealing with complex substrates and inks. Each printing station on an in-line press is positioned sequentially along a web path. The substrate is transferred from one printing station to the next during the printing process. This is also known as tail printing.
How does it work?
In an in-line press, each printing station is a separate colour station. Direct drive technology is built into the press. This in-line flexo press is ideal for medium to large print runs.
The in-line press is probably the most common press in use. Because everything is on the floor, an in-line press is easier to operate and maintain.
It can be used with any converting equipment such as extruders, bag machines, sheeters, die cutters, etc.
In-line flexo printing is a competitive, one-pass solution for demanding, high-quality packaging, whether short or long runs are required.
Benefits of an in-line flexo press
Because of its fast makeready, speed, ergonomic operation and modularity. Converters using in-line flexo are well positioned to succeed in this changing market with the right configuration and support from their press manufacturer.
Reducing waste makes an operation sustainable, both financially and in terms of reputation.
The ideal press purchase should be tailored to each company’s needs. The average cost of an in-line press ranges from $500,000 to $2 million, depending on the number of colours, width and options.
The initial cost of a press shouldn’t be the only consideration. Even if the price is a little high, it’s worth considering the return on investment.
The future of in-line flexo
It is predicted that the future of in-line flexo presses will be characterised by increased automation and adherence to emerging industry technologies that facilitate printing on virtually any substrate and the production of any label, while being operator friendly and easy to run.
Automated in-line flexo presses eliminate operator error and deliver non-stop production with minimal wastage of substrate, ink and time.