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Visitors to Labelexpo Americas 2018 witnessed the unveiling of two new Rotoflex solutions in digital finishing/converting and label die cutting on the joined Mark Andy/Rotoflex booth.

Star of the show was the new Rotoflex DF3, a configurable offline digital finishing and converting solution for printed label and film stock.

Servo-driven from unwind to rewind with print and die cut units in between, the intelligent DF3 system attracted attention with its efficient operation and a full spectrum of offline decoration and finishing in the fast-growing digital and hybrid world.

The Rotoflex DF3 highly-configurable offline digital finishing and converting solution

DF3: Fast. Friendly. Flexible.

Due to its configurability, the DF3 is a smart replacement for legacy digital converting systems.

Its modular print station equipped with a rail option opens lots of doors when added to your configuration, such as lamination, foil decoration, rotary screen (both conventional or UV digital alternatives), advanced waste removal features and turnbars.

During Labelexpo, we were praised for the lamination capabilities the rail brings to the table.

It's something that conventional digital or other similar systems can't do inline and the DF3 supports it cost-effectively at top speeds (standard 750ft/min and up to 1000 fpm as an option in full-rotary mode) for short-run work.

Its intuitive design considers the operator too, with a simple training process and job-to-job consistency.

New die cutting solution in semi-rotary mode

Also launched in Chicago was our new smaller footprint digital finishing and die-cutting machine integrated with a high speed semi-rotary module, built on Rotoflex's well-known robust DSI platform.

The new Rotoflex DSI small footprint digital finishing and die-cutting machine

With all the standard bells and whistles as featured in the DSI, the plus of this new solution is the ability to add high speed semi-rotary module, a flexographic print station with UV curing, cold foil and lamination to align with daily digital finishing market expectations.

Both of these new finishing technologies shared at Labelexpo shows our commitment to continuous innovation — as we celebrate our 45th year of business!

More Rotoflex solutions presented at Labelexpo Americas

In addition to the highly-configurable DF3 and our compact die cutting solution, two other Rotoflex solutions were demonstrated in Chicago.

On the Mark Andy/Rotoflex stand was the VLI 440 label and flexible packaging finishing solution integrated with a Unilux LED-based stroboscope, inspecting flaws in real-time at full production speeds, enhancing overall product quality.

The VLI 440

The Rotoflex HSI 330 designed for high volume label slitting, inspection and rewinding in an operator-friendly horizontal configuration drew interest on the BST stand, equipped with their TubeScan eagle view that combines 100% print inspection with web monitoring, enabling seamless printing error monitoring.

The HSI on the BST stand

Missed Labelexpo? Meet us in Canada!

Labelexpo Americas provided an ideal launching pad of our new DF3 digital finishing and converting unit and compact die cutting solution, in addition to showing our flagship off-line finishing technology in high-speed label slitting, rewinding and advanced inspection.

Don’t worry if you missed attending Labelexpo Americas — the new Rotoflex DF3 and other finishing solutions are available for demonstrations at our headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Come meet the core Rotoflex team and see our facility that also supports manufacturing of our inspection and rewind systems.

In the meantime, I encourage you to visit our informative DF3 landing page at df3.rotoflex.com to learn more about the application range of this new robust solution, and download the technical specifications.

If you would like someone to contact you about the DF3, or are interested in arranging a visit to our Canadian headquarters, reach out to us here.

About the Author

As a 20 plus year veteran of Rotoflex, Manohar Dhugga is recognized globally as a top expert on finishing machine design and technical operation. As VP of Operations, Manohar has led numerous technology advancements for the Rotoflex portfolio of off-line finishing machines including the proprietary URC 2.0 control system with advanced capabilities, the exclusive Report Management System (RMS) that collects real-time production data from multiple finishing machines to a single interface, implementation of biometric recognition, and 100% servo-driven designs for precise tension control and flexibility.

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