Baldwin to unveil its latest flexo plate cleaning system at SuperCorrExpo

SuperCorrExpo is taking place in Orlando from 8-12 August

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Baldwin Technology to showcase corrugated high-graphics package printing at SuperCorrExpo
Baldwin Technology to showcase corrugated high-graphics package printing at SuperCorrExpo

Baldwin Technology Company will showcase a new generation of technologies for optimized corrugated high-graphics package printing at SuperCorrExpo, taking place in Orlando, Florida, from 8-12 August. 

The company will show the new ultra-wide FlexoCleanerBrush (126 inches/3.2 meters), a fully automated flexo plate-cleaning system. Visitors also can learn more about Baldwin’s FlexoDry, an energy-efficient IR (infrared) drying solution, and its LED-UV curing technology.

The FlexoCleanerBrush is Baldwin’s flagship solution to enhance print quality and improve worker safety in corrugated printing. The system automatically removes dust and contamination from the plate in seconds during production without stopping the press. It also performs full end-of-job plate cleaning and drying in fewer than four minutes, enabling increased uptime and sustainability. 

A carbon-fiber core keeps the ultra-wide FlexoCleanerBrush to minimal weight and ensures cleaning is stable, uniform, and consistent throughout the plate’s width. Because the system is fully automatic and spans the entire width of the plate cylinder, the FlexoCleanerBrush improves safety by eliminating routine operator contact with the machine while also reducing the risk of cylinder nip injuries and contact with wash agents.

Baldwin’s fully integrated infrared drying solution

Also on view in Baldwin’s SuperCorrExpo booth, the FlexoDry is a fully integrated IR drying system specifically developed for corrugated flexo printing presses. It reduces energy consumption by up to 30 percent over standard IR dryers through patented Diamond IR lamps. The system delivers improved drying results because of a unique optical design that produces higher intensity for enhanced color definition and reduces or eliminates marking altogether, allowing for high-speed and full-confidence printing. 

Additionally, Baldwin will showcase LED-UV technology, designed by its AMS Spectral UV division for wide-format flexo corrugated box printing. Representing the latest in solid-state LED curing, this technology offers more than a 60 percent reduction in power consumption compared to traditional UV systems—in an ultra-compact lamphead that fits at the end of the press or between printing units. 

Flexo inks, coatings, and varnishes specifically formulated to cure when exposed to LED-UV light provide a high-value decorative solution, offering offset-like quality and vibrant color, as well as full-gloss, spot, and matte coating effects on a wide range of corrugated stocks. Plus, LED-UV curing can increase the machine’s throughput over water-based aqueous coatings that may require slower press speeds to dry conventionally. 

Lightweight and designed for the demanding requirements of corrugated printing, Baldwin’s LED-UV technology provides instant on/off, speed-related power, minimal heat, zero ozone, and zone-width switching to reduce energy consumption further.

 

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