Specialist flexible label printer Coveris has upgraded a Mark Andy 4150 flexo press with an energy-efficient UV curing system from GEW featuring 10 E2C lampheads and their associated Rhino electronic power supply.
Coveris made the investment to support its efforts in optimizing reliability of production output, increasing uptime and reducing energy consumption. This includes fast start-up and minimized maintenance time with consequently improved production efficiency and reduced downtime.
The upgrade from 20-year old UV lamps with the new state-of-the-art UV curing system took place last year.
David Dickinson, group engineer at Coveris, said: ‘With the running cost we had for spare parts and energy, we had come to a point where it was no longer viable to run the old system and we took the decision to upgrade to an alternative and GEW’s Rhino came out at the top.
‘There was an obvious point in favour of Rhino –it comes with a five-year parts warranty. Our spend on parts covered the cost of Rhino. On this site we have gone from spending a substantial amount on spare parts down to very little within the next five years and it’s all predictable.’
Coveris noted that installing the GEW UV system means it can provide customers with its range of labels with better reliability as far as volume and lead times are concerned, which the company sees as key elements in offering clients the best possible quality and service.
Roly Banks, site manager at the Coveris Cramlington plant, where the upgrade was implemented, said: ‘We are no longer losing production due to component failure. The new system has improved our productivity massively. The thing we are most comfortable with now is that in the nine months we have run Rhino here the system has been 100 percent reliable. We’ve had no failures.’
Coveris has ordered another five systems to harmonize the new technology across its site.
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