Apex – Smart anilox solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2017

Apex’ stand will once again act as a knowledge center for smart anilox solutions (Source: Apex)

THE NETHERLANDS • The company’s stand will once again act as a Knowledge Center for label printers looking for smart solutions (B20 in Hall 11). With further announcements and more details scheduled in the run up to Labelexpo Europe 2017, these are already two of Apex’ main announcements for the show.

UV LED technology is promising to bring many advantages to flexo printers. The lamps provide stable UV output at low energy consumption, generating low heat emissions, thus allowing for instant curing even on heat-sensitive and thin substrates. At the same time, UV inks are known to cause problems such as ink spitting, due to their (much) higher viscosity. To prevent this problem from occurring, Apex uses a constant beam laser to create its patented GTT open slalom ink channel anilox geometry that lets the ink flow uniformly and calmly onto the plate. This not only prevents pin-holing, mottling, haloing or dot gain to occur in print, but also makes GTT a anilox solution against ink spitting.

The “Internet of Things” is triggering the next industrial revolution by connecting machines, software and systems. By developing “Smart Aniloxes”, Apex’ rolls will be able to automatically share status information with intelligent systems. That will allow operators to have better control over cleaning cycles and more control over when to perform maintenance. Smart Aniloxes will thus enable further improvement of process control, up time and productivity.

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Armin Karl Geiger

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