Sprint Print & Packaging, based in Kathmandu, Nepal have experienced rapid growth and as part of their expansion plans the company installed a seven colour Edale combination UV/IR Scratch Card line with a wide range of additional options.
Sprint, who are from a printing background, were previously in commercial printing for the production of newspaper and magazines. More recently, with the introduction of the new Edale press, the company have expanded into scratch card and label production.
The 510mm wide press is configured with seven UV/IR flexo units, an Edale CR80 card stacker; which takes multiple streams of standard format CR80 cards from a die cut unit and transports them in a continuous stack in discreet lanes, in sequence, and a complete personalisation system including digital variable data printing, data verification , void product logging and tracking.
The Edale system offers a highly productive single pass telephone card production; this latest installation is based on Edale’s Gamma printing and converting line. The Gamma SC-510 is fully servo driven and comes in web widths of 430mm or 510mm with the ability to handle substrates from 12-600 micron. Servo drives on each print head provide pre-register, auto-register and print length control features. This, combined with the revolutionary print head designs, ensures job change times and set up wastage are kept to a minimum with the ability to perform a full station colour change in under 70 seconds.
The Gamma SC-510 can be customised to suit the exact requirements of the customer and this specific machine was designed to combine the multiple processes normally associated with scratch card production, in a single pass. This rationalises the production process, eliminates work in progress and increases the security and traceability of the cards. This single machine has been designed to produce up to 1.5million pins per hour.
“This new press allows us to better serve our customers by utilizing new capabilities and services that go beyond what we could previously offer” stated Shishir Nahata, Director of Sprint. “It also allows us to expand our reach further and be more flexible to our customers changing needs”.
As well as running the scratch card production, Sprint also customised the press with additional special options to allow them to also run ‘normal’ production, so they can also adapt it for the printing and converting of various kinds of labels and cartons.
“The installation of this scratch card line illustrates the high security of the Edale personalisation lines and the latest flexo technology available, eliminating outsourcing and providing our customers with turnkey service, shortened cycle time, and enhanced quality levels on specialized packaging,” said James Boughton, Edale’s Managing Director.
Shishir Nahata says “We decided on an Edale as we were highly impressed with Edale’s engineering skills, and there are no installations in Nepal which can incorporate such a wide range of substrates, this machine seemed infinitely flexible being able to print on 12 – 600 micron substrate and also add additional options to the press at a later date – to us, this makes our equipment completely future proof”.
Flexo press technology is typically used for printing high-quality labels and packaging. The Edale Personalisation line at Sprint delivers superior productivity and efficiency and is designed to handle very thin film substrates, helping to expand capabilities to include overwraps on collectible trading cards using fin seals, specialized packaging applications, prime labels and unsupported films for bottle wraps.
The newly installed flexo press offers several advantages over traditional presses, including minimal ink usage and reduced waste to support environmental considerations, while the fast make-ready times enhance productivity rates, especially for very large projects.
Amitabh Luthra from Printers Supply Co. who represent Edale in the Indian subcontinent concludes “Being the first ever narrow web installation in Nepal, we were very keen on providing a most versatile machine which could cover the production in all aspects of packaging including labels, mono cartons as well as telecom scratch cards. The Gamma fits the bill accurately with its full servo drive and width of 510mm. Being modular in construction Sprint Packaging have a lot of scope for adding on more diverse application oriented options over the years.”
11 July 2012
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