OMET inaugurates the new OMET DROME

OMET Hybrid Experience

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More than 250 people took part at the ‘OMET Hybrid Experience’ Open House dedicated to the opportunities of hybrid printing technology in the label industry. Held on 24 and 25 January at the new OMET DROME, the event was enriched by technical presentations, live demos and visits to the OMET production sites. This was followed by a gala dinner at the beautiful lake-view location.

Live demos were given of the OMET XJet powered by Durst, which proved its exceptional performance in terms of technology, flexibility, productivity and infinite customization possibilities. Another start of the event was the OMET iFlex, presented with hybrid curing configuration: UV and LED printing simultaneously. The machines received much appreciation for handling complex jobs and for the printed quality results.

Highly technical presentations were dedicated to the future of label printing. Paolo Grasso, OMET head of sales – Labels Business Unit, spoke about the advantages of digital and flexo hybrid printing technology proposed by OMET in collaboration with Durst, and those offered by flexo UV-LED printing shown on iFlex at the event.

Sergio Veneziani, Ritrama introduced the partnership between OMET and Ritrama for a new laminating module to produce linerless labels: an innovative clear-on-clear PS label engineered to be transformed into a laminated but Linerless construction, ready to be dispensed. This innovation allows significant improvements in terms of efficiency and sustainability for the printing industry and brand owners.

Martin Leitner of Durst explained the potential and opportunities of digital. He said that for a printer, moving towards digital inkjet or hybrid technology is not just a matter of buying a new machine, but the beginning of a transformation in the business model itself. Durst and OMET offer a solid base of skills essential for these evolutions.

Francesco Niorettini of Italgrafica Sistemi spoke about his personal case history, being the first Italian XJet user. “Our challenge is to go for bigger volumes through hybrid-digital: OMET XJet is the solution that made it possible to break through old barriers of very low figures. Being able to combine the best of OMET’s and Durst’s worlds made my investment in innovation a game-changer that allows Italgrafica raise the bar in the industry,” he said.

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