Uteco gearless CI printing press
|Machine||Uteco gearless CI printing press|
|CI or stack||Cl|
|Type of inks||Solventbased|
|Number of colors||8|
|Max. web width||1250 mm|
|Max. printing width||1200 mm|
|Min. – Max. printing repeat||350 - 800 mm|
|Max. mechanical speed||400 m/min|
|Material & Min – Max thickness||PET 12 micron
BOPP 20 – 40 micron
Laminated materials up to 130 micron
|Unwind type||Automatic turret|
|Max. unwind reel diameter||800 mm|
|Rewind type||Automatic turret|
|Max. rewind reel diameter||800 mm|
|Heating source included||Yes|
|Edge guide(s)||Yes, BST|
|Video camera||Yes, Grafiscan 2000|
|Number of aniloxes||TBA|
|Number of carrier sleeves||TBA|
|Number of sleeves||TBA|
|Machine can be seen in production?||Yes|
Uteco produces flexo- and rotogravure printing presses as well as laminators. This Italian company has its production plant in Colognola ai Colli, on the east side of Verona. Uteco has two plants with a commonal production area of over 65.000 square meter.
The first four color printing press was introduced in 1985 and since that moment over a hundred Uteco printing presses has been produced. Since 1991 Uteco North America is part of Uteco, serving the American market.
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.