SPGPrints’ new RSI® III rotary screen integration module debuts at Labelexpo Europe 2019
SPGPrints (stand 4C60) will be presenting solutions for every step in the rotary screen printing workflow for label and packaging applications with its new RSI® III rotary screen integration unit taking centre stage on its stand at Labelexpo Europe, 24 – 27 September, Brussels Expo.
The RSI III unit is a fast, cost-effective way of applying value-adding functional and visual effects in a single pass at speeds up to 150m/min (492fpm). The unit is particularly suited for adding white ink of the highest opacity for no-label look applications, creative spot and flood varnishes, metallic effects, and rich, opaque colours for striking brand designs. Tactile effects including raised lettering and Braille (up to 250 microns) can be quickly applied in one, uninterrupted process.
The new module features ergonomic improvements for safety, time-savings and increased productivity. A new long-life web-cleaning scraper automatically removes ink splashes from the web after stoppages or when operating in slow-rotation mode. This enables thorough drying of the substrate while minimising contamination of the rollers and useable print.
A new display screen offers enhanced viewing angles, reducing the amount of movement necessary for the operator to obtain clear, accurate readings. The RSI III comes in widths from 254mm to 660mm (10in to 26in) and integrates into almost all inline flexo, offset, letterpress or gravure label presses.
Also on the stand will be examples of SPGPrints’ long-life nickel re-imageable RotaMesh® and reusable RotaPlate® rotary screens. SPGPrints’ screens are available for the full spectrum of requirements from maximum coverage to halftone reproduction, fine linework and text, and very fine details and vignettes. Robust electroformed construction with a patented hexagonal honeycomb structure delivers stability and strength for high-speed production and enables multiple uses for cost and time savings.
The Dev & Dry one-step system for automated developing and drying of RotaPlate screens will also be shown. Dev & Dry can save up to 25 minutes per cycle, making it a valuable tool in high-throughput environments. The unit, which has a small 1m2 footprint, includes a water filtering and recycling system and requires no drainage or exhaust.
SPGPrints’ high-definition imaging systems will also be featured. The rotaLEN laser engraver uses CO2 lasers to ablate material for crisp, clear images with fine detail and may be used with RotaMesh or RotaPlate screens in a one-step, fully digital process. variLEX CtP exposure systems may be used to image RotaPlate screens and flexo plates, letterpress and dry offset plates in a two-step process that offers label printers a high degree of versatility.
Live workbench demonstrations will show the simplicity and speed of the modern screenmaking workflow.
“With time to press becoming increasingly critical, the reliability and repeatability of the process becomes more important,” says Hank Guitjens, commercial manager, label printing & industrial applications, SPGPrints. “Cost-effective automation with products like the RSI III, Dev & Dry and SPGPrints’ established high-definition imaging devices gives label converters the best tools for today’s demanding market.”