Stork Prints demonstrates wide-ranging digital printing capabilities at the Labelexpo Europe 2011!
Boxmeer, The Netherlands, July 2011: Stork Prints will be demonstrating its unrivalled expertise in many different aspects of digital and screen label printing at the Labelexpo Europe 2011 in Brussels (Hall 6, booth 6H40). Stork Prints is a pioneer in digital textile printing and active in the digital printing industry for over 25 years. On show will be everything from digital label printer and engravers to rotary screen printing modules and screens. There will also be plenty of demonstrations so visitors can witness the advantages of Stork Prints solutions firsthand.
Brilliant, rapid and low-cost labels with the DSI®
One of the main attractions at our stand will be the DSI® digital label printer. This digital printing press produces eye-catching labels with excellent colour strength and brilliance, at speeds up to a remarkable 720m2/hour, while keeping costs low. Multiple demos will be given each day.
The DSI is a truly cost-effective UV inkjet label printer, offering sublime printing quality at amazing speeds. Its combination of photographic quality and a rotary screen “look and feel” makes it suitable for everything from short- to medium- and even long-run jobs. Especially when used in combination with our own-brand inks, all developed and produced in-house, it gives superior results characterised by a high resistance to light and impressive scratch-proofing.
The DSI achieves visual resolution on labels of up to 1000dpi, as well as 3D effects that resemble screen printing. It also accurately reproduces tonal values as low as 1%. Printing on many different types of substrates can be accomplished and the new digital primer even enables printing on machine coated paper. Repeat lengths of up to 7m are possible, and are therefore not limited by the drum size.
But that's not all; the DSI is modular in design, and therefore suitable for everything from stand-alone digital printing to use in complete lines with in-line (semi-rotary) converting. Hence the excellent TCO (total cost of ownership) per printed label. It is supplied with four print heads as standard, although an additional six can be added to enable options like digital white, digital primer and an extended colour gamut. This versatile unit is ideal for markets ranging from food and personal care to wine and spirits, household goods and outdoor applications.
Easy conversion with RSI
Also on display will be a range of modular printing units based on our renowned Rotary Screen Integration (RSI®) technology. At our stand there will be four RSI printing units, the RSI 2 16", RSI Compact and RSI printing modules for OEM partners Nilpeter and OMET. These units are easily repositioned in the printing sequence with the help of an optional sliding rail, and reach speeds of up to 100 m/min.
With a modernised design, the RSI printing modules can be seamlessly integrated into the architecture, software and mechanics of the latest-generation printing presses. Key benefits include full interactivity, better user-friendliness and a shorter learning curve.
It can be controlled through the main panel of the press. This provides simultaneous, centralised monitoring of all rotary screen positions alongside other printing and converting operations.
With RSI, label printers can produce special effects and access extra functionality that cannot be achieved by any other printing process. Rapid, reliable and economical production of the 'non-label look', metallic colours, strong opaques, tactile warning symbols, special varnishes, scratch-off inks and other effects are all possible with our RSI technology.
RotaMesh® and RotaPlate®
Other rotary screen highlights at the Stork Prints stand include the re-engraveable RotaMesh® screen for RSI systems, and the re-usable RotaPlate® screen for non-Stork Prints systems. Both feature the ultra-stable electroformed pure-nickel construction, offering easy handling, high stability and resistance to breakage at relatively high speeds. Plenty of
RotaMesh and RotaPlate screens and samples will be on display.
Many advantages with laser engraving
At the Labelexpo Europe we will also be justifying our position as technology leader in digital pre-press with direct laser engraving. This purely digital technique – engraving and rinsing are the only steps required - puts an end to time-consuming processes like exposure, washing and drying.
Going digital also eliminates the many inherent drawbacks of using films (e.g. damage during use or transport, deterioration while in storage, inaccurate mounting on the press, the need for chemicals). The pre-press workflow changes completely as well. There is much less manual operation, which reduces the possibility of human error. The turnaround time for screens is shorter, and typically only takes 15 minutes with the rotaLEN. Repeat imaging is simple and 100% predictable; simply call up the archived digital file. Even the reusability of screens increases because there are less process steps involved in engraving them.
We will be showcasing - and demonstrating several times each day - two digital pre-press machines in Brussels;
The rotaLEN, a one-of-a-kind direct engraver for in-the-round processing of RotaMesh® and RotaPlate® screens. With its one-step, ecological-friendly and chemical-free imaging process it reduces labour time by up to 45%, shortens time-to-market and increases quality and reproducibility. All in all, it gives packaging converters, plus label- and security printers, a fully-integrated workflow at the pre-press stage.
The rotaLEX, a compact and inexpensive desk-top unit which uses laser exposure to engrave RotaPlate screens held in position on a magnetic drum. It is compatible with all available RotaPlate® screen specifications, from fine text to tactile applications. The rotaLEX saves time; rastering on the fly is possible, and design changes can be turned around faster. Meanwhile an integrated UV multi-beam optic system ensures increased speed and sharpness while maintaining total stability and perfect registration. It is also characterised by ease-of-use. Integrating it into an existing workflow is very straightforward, and the operating system is based on the universal familiarity of Windows (XP/Vista).
Visit us in Hall 6, booth 6H40.
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