At the ConneXion virtual expo June 1-8, Baldwin Technology Co. Inc. showcased key innovative technologies for optimized corrugated high-graphics package printing. During the event, visitors got a firsthand look at fully automated Flexo plate-cleaning systems, an energy-efficient IR (infrared) drying solution and LED-UV curing systems, all of which increase print quality and productivity, with operator safety and sustainability in mind. The FlexoCleanerBrush is the company’s flagship solution to enhance print quality and improve worker safety in corrugated printing. It automatically removes dust and contamination from the plate in seconds during production, without stopping the press, and it produces virtually no waste, it says. The FlexoDry2 is a fully integrated IR drying system, specifically developed for corrugated Flexo printing presses, that reduces energy consumption by as much as 30% over standard IR dryers through the use of patented Diamond IR lamps. The system provides enhanced color definition, reducing or eliminating marking altogether, allowing for high-speed and full-confidence printing. Lastly, the company highlighted its next-generation LED-UV technology for wide-format Flexo corrugated box printing. It provides a 50% reduction in power consumption in an ultra-compact lamp head that fits at the end of the press or between printing units. Flexo inks, coatings and varnishes specifically formulated to cure when exposed to LED-UV light can provide a high-value decorative solution for brand owners, offering offset-like quality and vibrant color, as well as full-gloss, spot and matte coating effects on a wide range of corrugated stocks, with the added ability to enhance lower-cost papers.
Baldwin Technology Co. Inc., 8040 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63105; 314/863-6640; www.baldwintech.com