Andrea Caselli, Paolo Nascimbeni, Andy Ross
Largest UV curing system on a flexo press installed

AMS has announced that it is to fit the world’s largest ever flexo LED UV curing system to a new Uteco Onyx press due for delivery to flexible packaging print specialist La Gerunda Merletti near Milan, Italy, in late Summer this year. The press has a width of 1200 mm, features eight printing units, each equipped with an AMS PEAKTM LED UV CI XP Series curing lamp.

The cassette-based slide-in, slide-out lamps are mercury-free, switch on and off instantly (10 milliseconds), and feature low energy, ozone-free operation. The chip diodes have a working life of up to 30,000 hours and do not emit heat into the substrate or fumes to the atmosphere.

The new ONYX will be entirely additional capacity to La Gerunda’s existing four presses and managing director, and founder, Pino De Gradi, expects it to deliver a 40% uplift in turnover – to more than EUR 12 million per annum – as he expands his business into new market areas. He explains:

“The majority of our current printed output is for the horticulture, agriculture, pet food and similar markets, but we are now winning significant new contracts to supply clients servicing the food and healthcare products sector. For this we don’t just need additional capacity, we need the production advantages of the latest technologies, compatibility for low migration inks and, especially, the most environmentally-friendly solutions.”