True innovation in label printing at K 2022
To date, the innovations made by anilox manufacturers have mainly involved variations in engraving configurations and geometries. These have been designed to improve definition in print while maintaining a constant ink density on the print and at the same time ensuring a reduction in washing operations.
Usage of a different base materialUpon closely examining anilox today and considering a new evolutionary step, a real and groundbreaking innovation can be made by using a different base material that can guarantee
- very high linearity engravings
- high hardness
- a compact design that does not retain ink and layers within the cells, which would lead to reduced volumes and the need to clean the anilox more frequently.
The adoption of a new base material for the production of anilox therefore signifies a major technological evolution. Simec Group began researching and developing these new materials years ago and can today offer a specific structure for the production of new-generation anilox rollers under the Caboll brand.
The Caboll brand includes numerous product variants, which can be used as a replacement for galvanic chrome plating, for anodising rollers, as an anti-stick coating or, in some applications, even with surface processing, as in the case of Caboll Print.
Different types of metal coatingsThe technology used for many Caboll variants involves the application of different types of metal coatings from the carbide family with different compositions depending on the final application and different deposition technologies. For Caboll Print, Simec Group uses an innovative technology not yet available on the market.
Caboll Print was developed and already extensively tested in the label industry at a leading printing machine manufacturer who immediately confirmed the benefits of Caboll technology, including:
- Increased density on the printed surface and high dot definition, some 15% higher than a ceramic anilox.
- Greater stability compared to open-cell engravings.
- Substantial reduction in the number of aniloxes needed to cover all printing requirements and, therefore, optimisation of investments.
- The same set of anilox can be used with UV, water-based and solvent inks.
- The same anilox kit can be used on different substrates such as coated paper, adhesive plastic substrates and non-adhesive plastic substrates.
- Used with cold foil, Caboll's technology enables better emptying of the anilox cells and uses smaller volumes than the ceramic roller. This results in an increase in resolution, easier system set-up and a substantial cost reduction on the print job.
- With white ink, the emptying capabilities of the Caboll anilox enable significantly higher opacity and coverage when compared to the use of ceramic anilox.