ROTOCON will be represented at Labelexpo Americas 2012 on the MPS Systems (MPS) Stand 927. ROTOCON provides consulting and service to South African label converters in the narrow web industry. Patrick Aengenvoort will represent ROTOCON on the MPS stand, where the leading UV flexo press manufacturer will unveil its four latest printing press innovations.

The innovations include: Die-cutting automation, iStrip, third generation EF press, and the new E-sleeve. MPS will also provide live demonstrations on its EF Flexo press.

1. Die-cutting automation
To automate press settings and reduce label print costs, especially in shorter runs, MPS introduced Automated Print Control (APC) technology which automates servo control of all relevant press settings. With APC, the die-cutting pressure is set automatically, is extremely easy to operate and replicate through job memory, and results in virtually no set-up waste, including die-cuttings.
2. iStrip
iStrip is a new tension controlled stripping system offered by MPS. The iStrip technology allows the press to die-cut and strip matrix at extremely high speeds, even when the label shape and/or material are difficult to strip. Maximum press speeds up to 183m (600ft) per minute have been reported.

3. Third generation EF press
MPS will run live demonstrations of its third generation EF-press, to show attendees true press automation. The MPS APC technology allows operators to automatically change in-between jobs without set-up waste. During the live demonstrations, the audience will be invited to select different jobs including diverse substrates. With the simple use of an iPad, the press presenter will automatically set up the entire print and converting system with virtually zero waste. The latest M2M automatic length and cross register camera system will also be demonstrated, which guarantees minimal set-up waste (including short web technology).
The EF-presses are available in 33cm, 41cm and 51cm (13, 16 and 20 inch) print widths and have numerous converting systems which integrate into the unique press controls through iControl, a user-friendly operator interface. New converting options will also be presented including on rail (flexible positioning), cold and hot foil non-engaging print units, dual web handling, in-register lamination, cross over units, and automatic tension control lamination.

4. E-sleeve
An alternative to printed sleeves, MPS has designed a new E-sleeve patented concept, consisting of a tube with metal material without a compressible inner diameter. It provides no wear, is less susceptible to damage and allows traditional cutting techniques for cutting and mounting tape on sleeves.
MPS will also show its EXL-packaging module. The EXL-packaging offers print widths up to 66cm (26) wide and is engineered to run at a speed of 305m (1000 feet) per minute. Flexibility of the EXL-packaging is extensive and is well-suited for printing with UV, water based and solvent based inks. The EXL-packaging is a flexo press, but different printing and converting units can be integrated as well including screen, gravure, laminating, hot foil and cold foil units.

Patrick Aengenvoort said, I am looking forward to meeting with our existing customers and new South African converters at Labelexpo Americas at the MPS stand where innovative press technology will be presented through live demonstrations. Numerous MPS presses are already installed throughout South Africa, proving the value of this leading UV flexo press manufacturer.