F&K stack printing press
|Machine||F&K stack printing press|
|CI or stack||Stack|
|Number of colors||6|
|Max. web width||1300 mm|
|Max. printing width||1200 mm|
|Min. – Max. printing repeat||300 - 800 mm|
|Max. mechanical speed||200 m/min|
|Material & Min – Max thickness||Paper 30 – 90 gsm|
|Unwind type||1200 mm|
|Max. unwind reel diameter||Single|
|Rewind type||1200 mm|
|Max. rewind reel diameter||Single|
|Number & sizes airshafts for winder||2 x 3"|
|Drying type||Hot water|
|Number of aniloxes||12 (see PDF)|
|Number of printing cylinders||23 (see PDF)|
|Number of gears||133 (see PDF)|
|Machine can be seen in production?||Yes|
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.
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.