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Uniprint leads the way

Susi Moore met recently with Uniprint’s Leal Wright and CSM’s Del Wiggill to explore the rationale for Uniprint’s investment in a Nilpeter FA4 flexographic press.

Label printing isn’t a simple topic at Uniprint. The company produces self-adhesive labels, shrink sleeves, film wraparound labels, and, of course, the ubiquitous litho-printed wet-glue labels.

As a group, Uniprint enjoys a well-polished reputation for investing in leading-edge technology to meet customers’ complex needs and this is evident throughout the label production area, housed in air-conditioned premises in Umgeni Business Park, Durban.

Underscoring its position at the technological cutting edge, Uniprint undoubtedly counts among South Africa’s leading suppliers of self-adhesive labels, boasting the latest narrow-web multicolour flexographic and UV lithographic, rotary silkscreen and rotary hot foil in-line presses, as well as a digital press.

Now adding to this impressive line-up is a brand new Nilpeter FA4 flexographic press.

‘This Nilpeter FA4 press is the first one of its kind in South Africa, featuring the latest technology,’ explains Del Wiggill of CSM Machinery Sales, Nilpeter’s local agent.

‘Uniprint has invested heavily in this multi-substrate press,’ he adds. ‘It’s able to run on substrates from 12µm upwards.’

According to Leal Wright, Uniprint’s GM for Labels & Packaging, the multi-substrate capability was an important reason for buying this press.

‘We run a range of substrates – both supported and unsupported – from 12µm film to pressure-sensitive label material and right up to 180µm board,’ he explains.

‘In addition, the press was specified with ten-colour capability so as to meet growing demand for more colours from our multinational customers.’

Quicker make-readies and a reduction in material waste were other important factors as waste minimisation is yet another looming issue. ‘The automatic registration, fast make-ready and other features on this press will give us a big advantage and allow us to focus on lean production methods,’ Leal remarks.

Del Wiggill highlights Nilpeter’s clean inking system that uses less ink and, because it’s a sealed unit, eliminates a contaminated ink tray at the end of a print run.

Uniprint already boasts a number of Nilpeter presses and after extensive investigations decided to extend its partnership with Nilpeter further by purchasing the FA4.

But the investment story hasn’t stopped there. CSM has recently commissioned an ABG HSR430 inspection rewinder with inline die-cutting.

Manufactured by UK-based ABGraphic International (ABG), the new inspection rewinder ideally suits Uniprint’s operation.

‘We chose the ABG machine because of its overall quality and cost. We also have a good relationship with CSM in terms of product support and service,’ reports Lorne Andersen, Uniprint Labels production manager. ‘In keeping with our lean manufacturing objectives, it minimises waste and improves operating efficiency by removing a slow process from the press and so printing speeds are greatly improved.’


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