Mutoh Europe and CGS Oris have partnered to launch a unique end-to-end digital print technology specially developed for direct-to-substrate proofing for packaging including shrink sleeves and uncoated labels.
The new technology is based on CGS Oris´ packaging proofing and mockup system, Flex Pack, which now supports the Mutoh ValueJet 628 MP 24in wide digital piezo inkjet printer. Its engine is based on eco solvent printer chassis and works with an innovative mild temperature, low pressure hot air knife system. The integrated contact heaters allow ink to dry on uncoated substrates without exposing them to excessive heat. Additionally, the media transport system has been optimized to allow loading of a wide variety of substrates including very thin PE shrink film and the pressure rollers transporting the substrate can be individually disabled.
In combination with new multi-resin inks (C, M, Y, K, Lc, Lm, White) the system covers the proofing applications for which transfer film and the use of traditional water-based and eco-solvent inks are not the best alternative. The new inks will not only allow printing onto uncoated substrates, but will also give packaging professionals the opportunity to check the correct distortion of a shrink sleeve prototype thanks to the new unique stretch and shrink capabilities.
‘We see a huge potential for our technology for specific niche applications which are complementary to our existing business of proofing via transfer film in combination with eco solvent inks. The first niche we have addressed is companies specializing in shrink sleeve production,’ commented Heiner Mueller, sales director for packaging at CGS Oris.
The new technology has been already adopted and very well received in Japan. Now it is also available on the European market.
‘Everyone was excited, already after just a few days of use. The results have contract proof quality and thanks to the motorized take-up unit, the system is suitable for unattended operation and therefore even for ultra-short runs,’ added Mueller.
‘We are extremely pleased to partner with CGS Oris and bring together an innovative digital print technology for packaging professionals,’ concluded Mitsuo Takatsu, Mutoh Europe’s managing director.
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