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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Smag to launch screen printing and finishing modules at Labelexpo

Smag Graphique will present a range of new screen printing and finishing modules for digital label printing on stand 7K10 at Labelexpo Europe. The company shows its new high-speed semi-rotary flatbed screen printing station that operates at speeds up to 30m/min. With a maximum print width of 340mm and a 340mm repeat length, the print station will be operating mono-color on a Digital Galaxie, in conjunction with a semi-rotary flexo station and a semi-rotary die-cutting station.

The use of a flatbed screen offers a number of advantages to label converters producing short runs, says the company. Flatbed screens can be prepared in-house, more quickly and cheaper than rotary screens which are usually prepared by outside suppliers. Flatbed screen printing also offers greater ink density, opacity and higher definition images than rotary screens.

‘This high-speed flatbed screen printer enables label converters to deliver the advantages of screen printing including opacity, chemical resistance, and tactile effects more easily and cost-effectively than ever before,’ said Stéphane Rateau, general manager, Smag Graphique. ‘Visitors to our stand at Labelexpo will be able to see this printer in action, along with our full range of products for label converters.’

Also on display will be the new I-Cut 330, part of the company’s entry-level finishing and converting series for digital label converters. The I-Cut 330 (330mm) offers speeds up to 40m/min. The new unit complements the established I-Cut 250 (a 250mm, more compact model delivering speeds up to 15m/min).

Also new is the Foil Saver, designed to save foil – and costs – by electronically calculating the pulling length of the foil used by the Smag flatbed foil press.

The stand will also host a broad selection of the company’s finishing equipment for conventional and digital label converters, including the Smag Digital Galaxie and Smag Galaxie Classic.