The first Nilpeter press not manufactured exclusively in Europe received its European debut in mid-June at a three-day open house organized by Nilpeter Ltd. The UK and Ireland sales and service subsidiary near Hull in East Yorkshire demonstrated an FB-4200 with six flexo units and three diecutting modules.
FB-Line presses are manufactured at the company’s plant in Cincinnati, the former Roto Press International factory which Nilpeter acquired just over a year ago. There are three maximum web widths: FB-2500 (10.75" wide), the FB-3300 (13.75") and FB-4200 (16.75"). Repeat lengths range from 5.25" to 24".
With a top printing and diecutting speed of 750 feet per minute, the modular presses are seen as being ideally suited to high volume applications, such as labels for milk or mineral water, as well as shrink wraps, in-mold labels and similar items. In addition to certain European markets, packaging converters in China and India are singled out for their potential interest.
Andy Colletta, CEO of Nilpeter Inc., who was present at the launch, along with press designer Mike Vandenberg, stressed the ‘tool-free’ quick-change facilities — plate changes in under 10 minutes — allowing frequent copy changes in smaller batches, for example. Features include high-capacity hot air dryers and slide-out print units with removable ink pans. The FB-Line also runs with inter-deck UV curing lamp units allowing combinations of UV flexo, rotary screen and hot foil stamping units.
Options could include a chill drum, while future developments might include servo drives and Nilpeter’s new inline gravure unit.
The FB-Line includes several familiar Roto Press features, including heavy duty unwinds and rewinds. Nilpeter’s make-over includes new electronic controls, helical gearing, larger print pacing units and a new style of guarding. “It’s the perfect combination of Nilpeter’s renowned design skills and the solid workmanlike features that Roto Press is known for,” said Colletta.
Nilpeter will feature an FB flexo press at Labelexpo Americas 2002 in Chicago. Other new exhibits include a narrow web gravure unit, an offline diecutter and stacker for in-mold film labels, and a roll-to-tube shrink sleeve converting machine.