Combining Aniflo and Inline Finishing for Short to Medium Runs
The ViVA 340 is a modular press which can be specified to each customer’s needs. The ViVA 340 offers all finishing processes in-line to improve productivity and achieve high added-value work: semi-rotary hot-foiling, flat-bed hot-foiling or fluted foiling, photo-polymer embossing, screen-printing, flexo varnish, lamination, die-cut, slitting, stripping…
All kinds of labels, from simple 4-color process to complex combination printing labels, can be produced in one pass.
Semi-Rotary Hot Foiling
Hot-foil stamping is often seen as an expensive technology, because of engraved cylinders. The ViVA 340 uses 1-mm magnesium dies or copper dies (on magnetic cylinder), to reduce the cost of tooling for short runs.
Speed: with right consumables, speeds of 114.82 feet (35 meters) per minute can be reached.
Pressure control: with a print area of 12 inches by 13.39 inches (305 mm by 340 mm), the unit has great control over pressure to allow optimal foil transfer even for solid areas or fine details.
Foil saving system: The unit comes with a foil-saving system, adjusting the foil movement to the individual label step. Save up to 80 percent on foil consumption.
Multi-foil solution: Thanks to friction shafts, it is possible to transfer several foils in the width at the same time, generating savings by reducing the width of each roll of foil.
Flat-Bed Foiling/Fluted Foiling
In 2015, Codimag introduced a new flat-bed foiling unit. This unit offers multiple opportunities to achieve embellishment options, with or without foil:
- hot-foil stamping
- fluted foiling
- blind embossing
- micro embossing
The machine offers the possibility to work with foil along or across the web, and therefore to use multi-stroke mode. It is possible to use different processes on the same job in one pass.
The foil motion system offers the option to work with several rolls of foil for more sophisticated label design. The foil saving system reduces the foil consumption to the individual label step in the most efficient direction.
The unit can do up to 5 strokes per print repeat, and up to 18,000 strokes per hour.
Codimag is the only press manufacturer offering a flat-bed unit, in-line on an intermittent press with no loops.
The photo-polymer embossing unit can do one-level embossing or material texturing. The use of photo-polymer plates is very efficient and economical. The unit comes with 2 magnetic cylinders to ease plate mounting, and with a Gap Master system to control precisely the embossing depth.
Screen-Printing and Ink-Jet
Codimag and SPG Prints have jointly developed a semi-rotary screen-printing unit, to print any jobs with single-size screens.
Set-up time and waste are optimized.
The unit can work with both RotaMesh and RotaPlate, in order to reduce consumable cost. Rings can be reused for any repeats and jobs.
Clear “no-label look” labels are obviously a great application for screen-printing technology. Still, screen-printing can offer solutions for high-gloss colours, special varnishes, relief varnish or Braille, for different markets: beverages, food, detergents…
Ink-Jet Digital Sceen-Printing
In 2016 at Labelexpo Americas, Codimag partnered with XAAR to introduce an ink-jet printbar for opaque white application in-line on the VIVA. A very high opacity, together with ink-jet digital flexibility, give a great alternative to traditional screen-printing technology, with an equivalent quality and similar speeds.
Mainly used for UV varnish, the flexo unit includes a circulation pump. It can be equipped with magnetic cylinder for steel-based photopolymer, or with a sleeve for off-press flexo plate mounting.
A wet laminating system can be mounted on top of the flexo unit. In that case, the flexo prints a UV glue.
Die-cutting is based on a single size magnetic cylinder for all repeats, and use flexible dies. Cutting depth is controlled precisely by a Gap Master system.
Slitting and edge trimming can be achieved by scissor knives, razor knives or a scorer unit.
The ANIFLO technology combines a flexo ink system (an Anilox roller) with an offset image carrier. It is a compelling short run solution that fits perfectly between digital and flexo and with inline finishing efficiencies. Codimag’s Viva press with advanced ANIFLO technology was first introduced in 2007 and is in production at many leading label printers facilities worldwide.
The benefits of ANIFLO technology are:
- Keyless inking system with a short roller train providing offset quality print
- Rapid color adjustments and registration resulting in minimum waste
- Patented Inking system, allows predictable/consistent color matching
- Use low cost common inks & substrates (no priming required)
- Ideal for expanded gamut and/or spot colors
- Highly profitable production of short and medium label production runs