On display at the booth is the new F1 version of Omet’s VaryFlex, a gearless, shaftless sleeve press. The F1 has a lower press design, aimed at being more ergonomic for operators. It also features a new “on-the-fly” job changeover feature, a vision auto-register control system, and a shorter web path for a decrease in waste. The F1 press at Omet’s booth has been acquired by Smyth Label.
The X-Flex press, which won the FTA’s Technical Innovation Award this year, is new to the North American market, having been introduced in Europe last year. Like the F1 it is a gearless, shaftless sleeve press, but with a much smaller footprint, and available in web widths of 13” and 17”. Leiben says that each print station uses only 5.5' of web, “making this the shortest web path in the market by far. The X-Flex has extremely low waste, and extremely low ink usage.”