The first press ordered is a nine colour 650mm wide FL5 single pass carton press, complete with inline flatbed die-cutter. The press has been configured to match Kroonpress’s needs and can produce completely finished cartons from a reel in one pass. This includes reverse and topside printing, lamination, foiling, slitting, rewind facility, flatbed die-cutting, including embossing and stripping with finished cartons delivered onto a shingling conveyor for easy removal.
The second press ordered is a 650mm wide FL5 equipped with four print stations and designed for reel-to-reel applications and long-run orders. Still equipped with a moveable turn bar for front and back printing the rewind has been designed to match the standard FL5 unwind, with both being able to handle reels up to 1500mm in diameter, allowing for much longer runs to be achieved before roll change is required.
Completing the purchase is a standalone reel fed flatbed die-cutter. The FDC-600 is fed by a jumbo unwind with 1500mm diameter reel handling capability.
This significant investment will support Kroonpress’s growth and expansion into other markets, such as paper cups, sleeves and bags, and cartons for the pharmaceutical and food industry. Louise Bailey, Business Development Manager, Edale comments, “We are delighted that Kroonpress has chosen Edale for this major investment, particularly as they are more familiar with offset presses. They diligently researched the market and booked a virtual demonstration with us to see first-hand the benefits that the flexographic modular and customised approach was able to give them. The FL5 and FDC combinations purchased to provide a solution that gives them the latest technology they need now and but also offers the versatility for the future needs of an ever-changing market”.
Andres Kull, CEO, Kroonpress, comments, “Our investment of our two FL5 carton presses and web-fed flatbed die-cutter will be a great addition to join our existing machinery, which is predominantly offset. We went through a process to find the most suitable press, which took quite a while because we’ve been mostly offset printers so far. We needed to find out what other options were available to us. The Edale solution was the best match for us. As we focus on the middle and short-range runs, we didn’t just focus on the most productive presses on the market, but the ones which provide the most flexibility, versatility, and the option to have short runs, which gives the most cost-efficiency, which can be achieved with flatbed die-cutting, which aligns to the current market trends to have more, but shorter runs.”