USA • Operating in the offline inspection, rewind and finishing market, Rotoflex has debuted the Rotoflex DF3 line. The configurable offline digital finishing and converting solution was formally introduced at Labelexpo Americas 2018.
The DF3 complements digital, non-hybrid label presses without inline converting functionality and eliminates the need for single-application embellishment units. According to the company servo-driven from unwind to rewind with print and die cut units in between, the intelligent DF3 system delivers efficient operation and a full spectrum of offline decoration and finishing in the fast-growing digital and hybrid world.
According to Kevin Gourlay, senior vice president, Rotoflex, the new DF3 is suitable for “business that currently operates roll-to-roll digital label presses and is ready to optimize finishing processes”.
Manohar Dhugga, VP of operations, Rotoflex states the technology is a smart replacement for legacy digital converting systems due to its configurability. “The DF3 comes with a rail option that opens a lot of doors when you add it to your configuration” provides Dhugga. The rail enables lamination, foil decoration, rotary screen (both conventional or UV digital alternatives), advanced waste removal features and turnbars.
The new finishing and converting solutions is set to deliver capabilities of full and semi-rotary die-cutting which accommodates a range of repeat sizes and existing investments in tooling. According to Rotoflex, die changeovers are also achieved in 30 seconds or less.
The DF3 promises converting and finishing with a speed up to 1000 fpm (304.8 m/min). According to the company, Rotoflex is able to support delivery by end of the year for those interested in taking advantage of the Section 179 tax incentive for capital equipment expenses.
Dhugga continues: “At the show, we got a lot of praise for the lamination capabilities the rail brings to the table. It’s something that conventional digital or other similar systems can’t do inline and the DF3 supports it cost-effectively at top speeds for short-run work.”
The Rotoflex DF3 is available for demonstrations at the company’s new headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (read also the respective post here). Beyond housing the core Rotoflex team, the facility also supports manufacturing of the inspection and rewind systems, which was initially conducted at Mark Andy Inc. headquarters in the United States, parent company to Rotoflex.