This machine has been designed for the flexible packaging printing and converting industry, which combines quality, sustainability and flexibility with cost savings. Printers will also be shown the opportunities this press provides by bringing together various printing and drying technologies such as offset sleeve, gravure, flexo, UV or electronic beam (EB).
The flexible packaging market is constantly evolving and requires new technology with flexibility, quality, speed and safety. Additionally, prints runs are becoming shorter due to frequent changes in pack, products are getting increasingly personalized and reduction in time-to-market makes speed a crucial element. This, along with high demands of print quality aiding in visual impact on shelves and safety of the pack improving the product shelf life, collectively form the new demands brand owners and printers have.
The Omet Varyflex V4 has been touted as a flexible hybrid machine, allowing rapid changeovers with integrated inline units. The new Varyflex V4 Offset, being presented during the “Packaging Revolution” steaming event has 850mm offset units with patented Omet sleeve technology. The machine is capable of printing with a maximum mechanical speed of 400 m/m in combination with the new generation high-speed gravure printing units. Omet also offers the possibility of adding inline high performance flexo units should the printers require the same.
During the Omet Virtual Open House, the machine on demo was shown with six Varyflex V4 offset units equipped with UV drying and two rotogravure units with hot air drying capability. It will print various jobs on PET material with quick change of the print subject.
Thanks to the EBeam system and low migration inks, the Omet Varyflex V4 is a safe solution for printing direct food packaging, avoiding the risk of ink or solvent residues on the packaging. Beyond the use of inks without photoinitiators, Omet offers further sustainable solutions such as wet-on-wet printing with extremely reduced material waste, Ebeam drying with reduced power supply and further cost savings or Flexo Ebeam printing that avoid the use of ultraviolet, hot air drying system and solvents in the inks.
Omet chose to broadcast this open house live to all its global users, as virtual events are fast becoming the new standard due to the continued pandemic. This is in line with trends followed by major marketing events, which have been organized on digital platforms with excellent results, increasing safety of the participants and maintaining high effectiveness in communication.