Shrinkflex – New gravure printing press with BST eltromat technology
THAILAND • When packaging producer Shrinkflex decided to invest in a new 10-colour gravure press from Worldly, it equipped it with a register control system and inspection technology from BST eltromat. For both the packaging company and press manufacturer, the cooperation with the German manufacturer is the start of a new partnership.
The client list of Shrinkflex, which is based near Bangkok, includes names familiar in Thailand and the whole of Southeast Asia, for instance Oishi, Cosmos, CP Meiji, Kao, Mistine and BiO Manufacturing. Established in 2007 and specializing in gravure printing, the company employs about 250 people.
The founder and owner of the company said in order to meet quality demands and stay profitable, it is important to use technology that achieves rapid registration and maintains register during production with automation. After seeing the technology BST eltromat displayed at PackPrint 2013 in Bangkok, Shrinkflex decided to ask for it on its newest press.
Worldly also began a partnership with BST eltromat and said it is happy with the results, including the establishment of BST eltromat South East Asia Co. Ltd. in Bangkok at the end of 2015.
The new gravure press, including the quality assurance systems, was delivered to the facility in Bang Pakong in mid-February 2015 and put into service a few weeks later.
“It now only takes about half a minute to set up the register control system, including presetting of the register rollers, the lateral cylinder position and the mark positions. At the same time, we have about 200 metres less start-up waste per job in comparison with other register control systems,” says Mucharin Buahorm, QA/QC manager.
For Shrinkflex, another advantage of the quality control systems is their flexibility in regard to substrates. The materials can be opaque, transparent, translucent or reflective, and the algorithms will still work reliably, even when dealing with highly reflective materials and holograms, BST eltromat said.