BELGIUM • In a move that combines established and proven technology from both companies, MPS and Domino, have created a new narrow web flexo/digital hybrid press known as EF SYMJET. The “SYM” implies a symbiotic relationship, and the “JET” specifies the digital process as inkjet. According to MPS, the first SYMJET has already been sold to German label print shop Optikett.
The new hybrid has been developed in response to customer demand from both manufacturers, and fills the gap between conventional flexo and digital printing machines. Initially it will be sold and supported in Europe prior to a global roll out, with Domino supplying both the UV digital ink and onsite service.
The Domino has a 340 mm (13.4”) web width, while the MPS EF is wider at 430 mm (17”). This will allow converters to run more labels across when running in pure flexo mode, and at a higher speed. The MPS EF platform is fitted as standard with the latest APC Advanced digital control, and the hybrid SYMJET press on working demonstration at Labelexpo will also feature the new QCD automatic die cutting system, which has been developed with Kocher + Beck, and uniquely allows preparation of the next job on press, while it is still running.
The Domino unit uses Kyocera 600 DPI drop-on-demand heads, and is available as a four-colour (CMYK) or six-colour (CMYK+VO) system, and has a production speed of 50m/min for high quality work, or 75m/min in 3 Grey Scale rapid mode. A double white is also an option, and the press is fitted with a chill drum with UV curing to enable filmic substrates to be run. The front end is Esko Artwork Suite 10, with X-Rite Spectra-Photometer for colour management, and Dell RIP PC for static data.
Visitors to Stand 11 C20 will be able to see a variety of individualised jobs being run to showcase the product range capability of the new hybrid.