F&K CI printing press

F18003
Machine F&K CI printing press
Reference number F18003
Machine manufacturer F&K
Model 34DF
CI or stack Cl
Gearless No
Type of inks Solventbased
Year 1992
Number of colors 8
Max. web width 1300 mm
Max. printing width 1250 mm
Min. – Max. printing repeat 380 - 1000 mm
Material & Min – Max thickness LDPE 20 – 100 mu
HDPE 10 – 35 mu
OPP 15 – 30 mu
PP 20 – 80 mu
Unwind type Turret with flying splice
Max. unwind reel diameter 1000 mm
Rewind type Turret with flying splice
Max. rewind reel diameter 1000 mm
Number & sizes airshafts for winder 4 x 76mm
Drying type Hot water
Edge guide(s) Yes
Video camera Yes, Eltromat Web Video 4
3 chip camera
Number of aniloxes 8
Number of carrier sleeves 54 air cylinders
Number of sleeves 96 (see pdf)
Number of gears 119 (see pdf)
Subject to unsold. Although believed to be correct, the machine specifications and lists supplied are based solely upon those provided by the original owners.

34DF F&K
The former Fischer & Krecke was a founded in Bielefeld in 1965. In 2008 the company was acquisited by Bobst. Bobst is still using the name F&K as a brand for flexible printing presses.

Flexo printing presses
The first printing press was introduced in 1440. Those presses were used for printing paper and books. There have been  a lot of improvements, especially during the industrial revolution when the first industrial printing press was designed. In 1890 the first flexo printer was invented in Liverpool, England.

Flexography, or flexo, is named after the flexible relief plate that is used to print. Flexo printing presses can be used for plastic, film, cellophane and paper. Flexo machines are the most common machines in food packaging. In 1952 the official name for this type of printing was announced: Flexographic process or short, flexography.

Last decades there were also  a lot of improvements, especially in the digital printing field and the amounts of colors that a press can use.

There are several types of flexo printing presses: CI presses, stack presses and in-line printing presses. CI stands for Central Impression. Those flexo printing presses have an impression cylinder. Stack presses are used for multi color printing. It is called stack because each color station is stacked vertically. Stack presses have two to eight seperate color stations, sometimes they have two parallel stacks of printing units. The third type of printing presses, the in-line presses, have seperate, horizontal color stations from front to back.

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