Molteno 24-25 January 2019. 3 events in 1 at the last Omet open house that inaugurates the “Drome” dedicated to live demos and customer trials, to demonstrate to international operators the performance of the flexo-digital hybrid developed with Durst and to announce the new location where, next year, all the activities related to the printing presses will be merged.
The package printing market (in this case narrow web) craves new features, and the hybrid catalysed the attention of the operators. This was demonstrated, among other things, by the success of the open house organized at the end of January by Omet in the new Drome at Molteno, to show how (without “special effects from the fair” the managers who introduced the event proudly pointed out) the narrow-end hybrid XJet powered by Durst really works.
The event was organized (well) to allow visiting operators to gain direct experience of what the machine can do quickly and easily online and (crucial topic) in an economically competitive way: quality jobs up to 20 thousand metres in flexo + digital inkjet with various possible types of finishing. The interest was very high: 250 guests arrived from all over the world, including converters, specialized journalists and brand owners who condition the market. Marco Calcagni, sales manager and spokesman for the Lecco-based company, for the occasion announced the inauguration in 2020 of a new mega-site just a few minutes away from the Drome at Molteno, where Omet will transfer all the production and other activities of its BU print presses.
Innovate to create value: the Italgrafica case study
The performances of Omet XJet powered by Durst were documented by the speakers and live tests, as well as by the testimony of Francesco Niorettini, AD Italgrafica (group of 3 companies with core business in self-adhesive labels, with a turnover of 18 million and 70 employees), a satisfied user of Omet machines since 1989, and the first purchaser of the hybrid XJet.
«Our labels – explains the Veneto businessman – serve all the industrial sectors, which we approach with the aim of meeting particular needs, for example of specific materials and adhesives, variable data, RFId, dynamic QRCodes and other special processes that require development of ad hoc innovative solutions. Until 2015 we had limited the exploitation of digital to the printing of variable data only. But only after the first experiences did we realize that to meet a set of increasingly stringent requirements of quality, economy and fast delivery times, we had to invest in a hybrid machine that would allow us to perform even the most sophisticated jobs in a single step, and maybe even in longer runs».
The purchase of the Omet XJet, in 2017, allowed us to exactly achieve this goal. «We can create highly customized labels, from multi-page to variable data and many other things (the machine is composed of 4 flexo printing units in line with the Durst module for 8-color printing, and other equipment for processing and laminating: The application of cold foil, printing on the back and on stickers, painting die-cutting …), optimizing costs and with considerable savings. If doing part of the work off-line, special printing over 2-3000 metres was no longer profitable, with this hybrid we exceed 15 and sometimes 20 thousand metres».
At the moment, Niorettini recounts, in Italgrafica the hybrid Omet-Durst is exploited 50% to do conventional jobs, benefiting from the typical digital economies (beginning with almost zero start times), and beyond that for printing special jobs on the most diverse substrates. «In our warehouse we have more than 150 including fronts and stickers and we can print at the highest quality on everything. And our quality is that of the Kodak NX prepress, from which we can never turn back”.
The characteristics of the digitized Durst XJet
On the Omet Xjet the Durst Tau RSC inkjet printing unit and the flexo units and the Omet X6 converting modules – including the exclusive Monotwin Cut – coexist in single-pass printing of pantone colors and full backgrounds, finishing and converting modules ( cold foil, hot foil, lamination, painting, die cutting, cutting and rewinding).
The new Durst Tau 330 RSC digital inkjet module prints with a width of 330 mm up to 78 metres/min at 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution. Thanks to the eight color groups (CMYK + W + OVG) and the new pigmented inks it offers a very high print quality with a coverage of 98% of the pantone color range.
The flexible configuration (it can be seen as three machines in one) makes it possible to use it as a hybrid solution, as a stand-alone flexo or stand-alone digital line based on the print run and the level of customization required. It kept all its promises the demo in the Omet Drome along with other demoed machine: the Omet iFlex in hybrid configuration with UV and LED drying.
The Molteno event also hosted an intervention by Sergio Veneziani – who illustrated the interesting Ritrama project of linerless labels and its advantages in terms of savings, speed and environmental sustainability – and also featured the presentation of the solution of the 15 partner-sponsors: Apex, Asahi, Avery Dennison, Control Technique, Erhardt + Leimer, GEW, Kurz, Italfinance, Ritrama, Rossini, Rotometrics. Swedev, Tesa, Vetaphone and Zeller + Gmelin.