The Rotoflex DF3 is a configurable offline digital finishing and converting solution. Servo-driven from unwind to rewind with print and die cut units in-between, the intelligent DF3 system delivers efficient operation and a full spectrum of offline decoration and finishing in the fast-growing digital and hybrid world.
The DF3 delivers capabilities of both full and semi-rotary diecutting which accommodates a wide range of repeat sizes and existing investments in tooling. Die changeovers are also achieved in 30 seconds or less. Additionally, like all Rotoflex solutions, the DF3 is backed by an experienced team of technicians who understand digital label and packaging workflow optimisation. The machine was formally introduced at Labelexpo Americas 2018.
‘The DF3 is ideal for a business that currently operates roll-to-roll digital label presses and is ready to optimise its finishing processes,’ explained Kevin Gourlay, senior vice president, Rotoflex. ‘The Rotoflex organisation is excited to share with the industry how this solution can remove the bottlenecks in production while meeting customer embellishment requirements. All with a single post-press asset.’ The DF3 complements digital, non-hybrid label presses without inline converting functionality and eliminates the need for single-application embellishment units. In contrast to other devices in this space, the DF3 was built with speed in mind, converting and finishing at an unprecedented 304.8m (1000 feet) per minute.
Manohar Dhugga, VP of operations Rotoflex said the technology is a smart replacement for legacy digital converting systems due to its configurability. ‘The DF3 comes with a rail option that opens a lot of doors when you add it to your configuration.’ The rail enables lamination, foil decoration, rotary screen (both conventional or UV digital alternatives), advanced waste removal features and turnbars. Dhugga continued, ‘At the show, we got a lot of praise for the lamination capabilities the rail brings to the table. It’s something that conventional digital or other similar systems can’t do inline and the DF3 supports it cost-effectively at top speeds for short-run work.’