The UK paper bag and sack manufacturer has invested in a new Evolution CI flexo press.
Derbyshire-based packaging and converting machinery specialist, Optimation Ltd worked with Forum Packaging to select the bespoke press from Expert S.r.l., which features inline slitting and a shaftless unwind.
Optimation director, Helen Mitchell commented: “Expert is renowned for their technical ability and their customer service. They manufacture some of the most technologically advanced flexo printing machines for the flexible materials sector and I had no hesitation in recommending their machinery engineered for Forum Packaging’s particular application.”
The 1.3m wide press has eight print units, plus a downstream unit for lacquer or other coating. It benefits from Expert’s automatic inking and washing system and doctor blade chambers with tool-less blade changing. Automatic pressure and print register settings minimise waste material during job set-up. The 100% web view cameras enable the operator to see the whole print repeat whilst running the press at up to 500m/min.
Based in Horncastle, Forum Packaging prints and converts in excess of 60 million paper sack and bags every year. The company has a policy to ensure its manufacturing processes are as efficient, green and cost effective as possible. Managing director, Rob Massey said: “Alongside anticipated improvements in efficiency and productivity, our team welcomes the increased capacity provided by the Expert machine. It which will enable us to approach new markets, whilst continuing to offer great service to existing clients.”