Omet launches X7 press for sleeves and flexible packaging

24 September 2019

Omet will launch XFlex X7, a 670mm (26in) width flexo press aimed at shrink sleeve and flexible packaging production, at Labelexpo Europe 2019.

The press features another new development being unveiled at the show: Omet’s High Value Rotogravure (HVR) print unit.

The new press is claimed to merge the best features of Omet’s XFlex X6.0 and VaryFlex V2 platforms. It gives printers the possibility to offer high quality, high value shrink sleeves and flexible packaging materials optimised to print for medium volume quantities.

XFlex X7 offers different possibilities of combination printing and special effects for high value final products, such as a new High Value Rotogravure unit, Soft Touch Flexo Vertical with longer drying tunnel and Rotary Screen with 670mm width. The High Value Rotogravure unit can be added in fixed position, with accessibility for the operator on center line, on both side. The printing cylinder and inking tray can be load on front side of the rotogravure unit. The unit can print front and reverse and it is equipped with integrated chill drum and doctor blade with front and reverse position. With direct drive motor on printing cylinder, the unit is automatic and easy-to-use thanks to different trolleys which help the operator in the management of the unit.

XFlex X7 is able to integrate several printing and converting technologies in-line and process all kind of substrates, in particular flexible packaging and shrink sleeves from 12 micron thickness. It offers automatic on-the-fly pre-registration of the plates to get them in position, automatic Multi-vision printing registration adjustment thanks to a multiple camera scanning system, automatic positioning of the printing pressures at every change of speed, substrate thickness and repeat lengths. 

X7’s modular design allows the combination of different printing technologies as well as special finishing applications and converting units. The X7 flexo printing unit is full motorised with the Zero Gears Solution which allows a high level of precision thanks to nine motors on each printing unit. X7 can be equipped with a new full servo Soft Touch Flexo Vertical unit for flexo front and reverse printing, with sliding and removable ink tray. The new Flexo Vertical has a long drying tunnel with two UV units for water- and solvent-based inks, and can work with soft touch applications, water-based or two UV. The unit disposes of an ink pump integrated on the inking trolley and allows different web path combinations.

The new Omet Twist is a special front and reverse die-cutting station web width 530mm designed for smooth changeover. Thanks to Easy Change Die system, it can minimise set-up time through the In&Out sliding system. 

‘Omet has the industry’s largest range of modules and attachments and with the new X7 we present our latest offering, the High Value Rotogravure-HVR, which we believe will disrupt the way printers achieve the special print effects on shrink sleeves and flexible packaging materials,’ said Amerigo Manzoni, director of R&D at Omet. ‘HVR will be on display at Labelexpo Europe at our stand 6C49,53 and we encourage all innovative printers of the world to come and experience it running live. Also available will be various samples printed with HVR allowing printers to see the new possibilities they can now achieve with much east with this innovation.’