Comexi, a specialist in solutions for flexible packaging printing and converting industry, launches its latest lamination technology: the Comexi ML2. A top-range laminator designed under two key concepts: versatility and the highest productivity.
"These are the pillars that best define this new laminator that, thanks to its ergonomic design, facilitates daily operations, maximizing production", highlights the Comexi’s Lamination Brand Manager, Carles Rodríguez. “I like to call it the gadget machine, because is full of new solutions that will delight operators”, explains Rodríguez.
This laminator can work with solvent-based, water-based or solvent-free adhesives. It provides a wide range of lamination and coating options and works with materials up to 1530 millimeters (60.2 inch) wide and at a speed of 450 meters per minute (1467.4 ft/min). Also, enables all kinds of coatings and applications such as coldseal, heatseal, ink or varnishes. It has five easily interchangeable technological trolleys – gravure with open chamber, gravure closed chamber, solventless, flexo GL and semi-flexo – that satisfy all current market demands. At the same time, customers can configure the drying tunnel – 6 or 9 meters with 2 or 3 independent zones – to respond to all their needs.
Specifically, the design of the Comexi ML2 began in 2015 after detecting an increasing demand for jobs with multiple solutions that required frequent changes. "This machine was designed to increase productivity; with this technology, changeovers can be done with the maximum speed and minimum waste" emphasizes the Comexi’s Lamination Business Unit Director, Albert Chicote. This laminator has a high precision register control system to meet the highest quality demands of the market. At the same time, thanks to the motorization of the linear web guide and the Quick Front-Reverse Reading® system, job adjustments are made with maximum agility and speed.
It has 3-roller NIP technology that allows applying a higher pressure at a lower point of contact, thus obtaining a uniform pressure across the lamination NIP, offering the highest optical quality and reducing breakage or wrinkle generation.
On the other hand, the Comexi ML2 is equipped with other technologies that reduce downtime. In this sense, it’s fitted with two panoramic screens with latest generation software and graphics, and a user-friendly touch design that facilitates its use and maximizes efficiency. While machine is working, it allows loading the next job, centralizes all peripherical equipment, save the parameters of all jobs reel to reel and a vast variety of other possibilities to maximize the performance. It also offers a fast coupling of technological trolleys and dosing sleeves that make the Comexi ML2 a highly profitable machine and, above all, a productive laminator.
2017: a historic year for Comexi
Following the strategy of being the main global supplier for the flexible packaging industry, Comexi has positioned itself as one of the leading companies in the development of solutions for printing, lamination, slitting and industry 4.0. In recent years, the group has designed several innovative technological solutions, such as the Comexi F1 flexographic press, which increases efficiency by 30% thanks to its robot; the Comexi F2 ML flexographic printer, which stands out for its great versatility and achieves the best quality at high speeds and with large repeats, the revolutionary and award-winning offset press Comexi CI8 and the Comexi S1 MS, the last slitter designed for big output reels. All of them have positioned themselves as cutting-edge technologies, gaining wide acceptance in the market.
In 2016 Comexi achieved its sales record with hundreds of machines installed around the world and the global outlook for 2017 is even better. The group assure that they foresee to finalize this year surpassing the historical results of 2016, especially in the lamination line. “The numbers are indeed brilliant but the thing that excites us the most is our fidelity ratio, this year we have reached a 96%”, concludes Comexi’s Lamination Brand Manager.