Four-colour printing system meets high-tech packing demands

By Rory Harrington

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An adaptable system that delivers high-quality four-colour printing onto various substrates for even the shortest label or packaging runs is now available, said manufacturers Linoprint.

The company said it has developed its DriveLine printing system in response to increasingly sophisticated demands from food packaging operations. It says the system can be more economical than traditional flexographic printing as well as superior in terms of total cost of ownership (TCO).

Stand alone

Requests such as variable imprints, flexible batch sizes and short-term promotions have all made printing on packaging materials and increasing difficult task,”​ a Linoprint spokesman told

The company, which is a subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, said its modular system can function as a stand-alone unit and be employed independently of existing packaging. It is particularly suitable for web printing on a variety of substrates, with a maximum print speed of 60 metres per minute.

“DriveLine systems can print on labels, films and board with a high degree of variability and quality,”​ said a company statement. “The maximum resolution of 720 dpi makes it possible at the present time to print web widths of up to 340mm.”

Total cost of ownership benefits

Linoprint head Karl-Heinz Walther said: “Customised top quality four-colour printing is now available for the shortest labels and packaging runs. And, depending on motif, ink coverage and type of inks used, Linoprint systems are superior to traditional flexographic printing in terms of total cost of ownership for quantities of up to several hundred thousand printed motifs.”

The products modular attribute means it can be adapted precisely to meet individual customer requirements – with printing possible from reel to reel; reel to production; pile to pile or even pile to production, said the firm.

The company will also share know-how about which inks are best suited for particular substrates, specific requirements or motifs. Web printing systems can be supplied with extra large reels, longitudinal cutters and perforating units, said Linoprint. The system, designed for four-colour printing, can also be used for single color outputs.

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