Bobst announces several new packaging presses

Bobst is to use the Drupa show to launch several new packaging presses, including two gravure presses and two new wide web flexo presses.

Bobst is in the midst of redesigning its entire range of gravure presses with two new presses, the RS 6002 and RS 6003. Bobst is essentially designing its presses to address specific market segments. The RS 6002 line has new, heavy-duty, gravure print units specifically designed for sleeve print cylinders and boasts several hardware automation systems, including Registron register control and the TAPS fully automatic pre-register function. It’s available in 700–1300mm web widths and can run at a maximum speed of 350m/min. A stand-alone print unit will be shown at Drupa with a new, optional MPI gravure inking system.

The RS 6003 is a new press platform that Bobst plans to develop further over the next few years. It’s a high speed press that customer’s can configure for specific requirements. It is available in 800-1500 web widths and can run at 600 m/min. It will be shown with both a standard trolley and a Twin-Trolley.

There are also two new flexo presses. The MW is a CI flexo press range, with two models that is designed for fast makereadies. Jens Torkel, managing director of Bobst’s CI Flexo, explained: “The 850mm wide MW 85 F suits the markets’ need for a medium web-width press with reduced tooling costs and weights for producing short runs. It delivers the highest printing speed in its market segment, at up to 500 m/min, and it has the most robust print unit available. It has a double upper/lower guide for the print and anilox shaft, and it has the largest diameter anilox roller in its category.” The MW 125 is essentially the same but with a wider width of 1250mm.

The second flexo machine is the 40SIX, a highly automated addition to the Bobst Six range, with fully automated tool handling for faster makereadies. This is designed for print widths over 1450mm and up to 2250mm, with fast automated job change-overs and easy sleeve handling.

Bobst has also extended its Revo digital flexo concept to include solvent and water-based flexo inks. The Revo concept was started by Nuova Gidue, which Bobst acquired last year and renamed Firenze. But Bobst is now adding this concept to the CI flexo presses from its Bielefeld facility.

Bobst has already announced details of the M6 narrow web press, another new flexo UV press to be shown at Drupa.


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