Increase your productivity with Comexi Serviflex Webinar
On February 25, you will be able to participate in this webinar in Portuguese where you will learn first-hand how to optimize your productivity through Comexi Serviflex.
Don’t miss this opportunity and register now!
Tokyo Pack 2021
Comexi will be present at the TOKYO PACK 2021 fair from February 24 to 26. TOKYO PACK is the largest packaging fair in Asia, where the entire process related to packaging is shown: distribution, sale, consumption and recycling, making it one of the most complete exhibitions in the sector. TOKYO PACK will serve as a platform for international trade negotiations and exchanges, and will contribute to the development of society from an international perspective.
Visit us at stand W3-05 and discover our printing and converting solutions.
Comexi F1 Open House
Comexi CTec Celebrates 10 Years of Training, Advice, and Technical Support to Its Clients
In June 2010, the Manel Xifra Boada Technological Center organized the first course for Middle Eastern customers
Comexi CTec, which specializes in training, advice, and technical process support for the printing and converting sectors of the flexible packaging industry, is celebrating a special anniversary. This year, 2020, marks 10 years since the Manel Xifra Boada Technology Center began an advanced flexo course in Riudellots de la Selva (Girona, Spain) for Middle Eastern customers. Thenceforth, Comexi CTec has continued to grow, incorporating value-added services, which include integrating the prepress process into the facilities of its clients, among others.
“When we began, our final objective was the same as it is today, to transfer knowledge to our clients,” explains Albert López, head of the Technological Center. Upon opening in June 2010, Comexi CTec provided advice and training, two services that are still offered today. “Over time these services have expanded. Thus, proposed advice is presently varied and encompasses an array of technologies, while training is no longer solely face-to-face, but also personalized to the needs of our clients and performed on location, at their facilities, and online. Furthermore, we have incorporated customer support at the level of industrial tests, R + D, and support for innovation”, continues Albert López.
Between 2012 and 2013, one of the most important milestones for the Technological Center took place: the integration of prepress knowledge and color. “This is one of the areas in which we have worked with diligence, allowing us to expand value-added services,” says the head of the Comexi CTec, who further highlights the 10-15% annual increase of uninterrupted form. “In due course, half of our clients have made use of many CTec services,” says López.
Three Locations in Riudellots de la Selva, Montenegro and Miami
Ten years after its inception, Comexi has established three technological centers. The first Comexi CTec was in Riudellots de la Selva, the headquarters of the company. Three years ago, the center in Montenegro (Brazil) began operation, and is currently working towards expanding its services. In parallel, the opening of a demo center in Miami (United States) is underway, and incorporating services that will be offered locally.
More than 1,800 students have participated in training courses, given in various languages at the Comexi CTec headquarters. Over 200 training visits and 300 process advisory visits have been performed at the facilities of customers. This past April, online training commenced, and exceeded 500 attendees. Industrial demonstrations and tests have continued to grow, and more than fifty companies have already utilized this service. “The present objective is to expand our services by offering the possibility of integrating the entire prepress workflow through a turnkey project which culminates once the client independently produces preprint, all the while adhering to every defined quality standards,” concludes Albert López.
The Offset Central Impression Technology of Comexi Offers the Highest Print Resolution on the Market
The ability of this technology to combine multiple SKUs within the same job reduces changeover time and waste. It is a sustainable solution for both printing process and end product
Comexi, a global supplier of solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting sector, offers the highest print resolution on the market, as a result of the offset central impression printing technology. This is a two-fold environmentally responsible option, as print is done without solvents and frontal printing, with EB protective varnishes, allows for the replacement of laminated products or the reduction of the number of layers due to the capabilities of chemical, thermal, and scratch resistance of EB lacquers. Effectively, this facilitates the sealing of monofilm products and the recycling of packaging solutions, all this guaranteeing the highest quality.
“The Comexi Offset CI8 is a sustainable solution that provides high quality printing for a wide range of flexible packaging products,” explains César Bernal, the technical director of SP Group. After acquiring a Comexi CI8, the company, created in 1985 and based in Córdoba (Spain), became the first Spanish company to have confidence in the offset printing system. Bernal describes this press as “perfect for short and medium runs for products with high design rotation”. He further comments that the Comexi offset press “is the best solution for printing from 3,000 to 30,000 meters, the range used for the majority of our jobs”.
Presently, SP Group has two Comexi Offset CI8 presses: one in Córdoba and the other in Poland. “Comexi’s central drum offset printing allows us to be faster, regarding both prepress and job changeover. The cost of prepress is much lower than other conventional printing technologies and we can easily adapt to the design changes of our clients”, states César Bernal upon an analysis, and further highlighting that “the design of a new job is performed in less than two hours, and an entire set of 7 plates is imagined in less than 20 minutes”.
The performance of the Comexi Offset CI8 is another strength of Comexi offset technology. It has a printing speed of up to 300 m / min and much shorter changeover times in comparison to other conventional technologies. Furthermore, the Comexi Offset CI8 provides maximum flexibility by combining multiple SKU within the same design, this way short runs become large jobs.
Comexi Joins CEFLEX And Reaffirms Its Commitment to Sustainability
The initiative aims to improve the benefits of flexible packaging in the circular economy through innovative design solutions
Comexi, a specialist in solutions for the printing and converting industry of flexible packaging, has reaffirmed its commitment to sustainability and the circular economy by joining CEFLEX (Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging). This initiative is a collaboration of over 160 European companies, associations and organizations which represent the entire flexible packaging value chain. As an objective, the consortium will towards ensuring that all flexible packaging in Europe is based on a circular economy before 2025. This will improve, through innovative design solutions, benefits which are identified by the collaboration of participating companies.
The circular economy is based on the use of resources and the reduction of raw materials, the optimization of materials and waste, and the use extension of material life. This model is committed to an environmentally friendly system that is based on prevention, reuse, repair and recycling, and extending the useful life of products, thus giving them a second life. “We fully identify with the principles that CEFLEX defends,” says Diego Hervás, CEO of Comexi, who stresses that the company has unfailingly been committed to seeking solutions which respond to more sustainable solutions in the flexible packaging market.
Comexi is aware that sustainability and recycling are gaining more and more interest and becoming more influential. The objective of a circular economy is no longer a mirage, but a perfectly distinguishable reality. In reference to tendency, end users want environmentally friendly solutions which include easily disposable materials. In respect to this, Comexi is committed to sustainable printing with the use of curable and water-based inks, thus improving the recyclability of packaging.
Furthermore, Comexi has designed two new and specific technical lamination solutions which offer sustainable solutions without sacrificing any properties of existing materials and maintaining client demands. These solutions were created as a response to the two principal trends of sustainability: the use of mono-materials and the use of paper for low barrier applications. Regarding mono-materials, successful efforts have been made to improve state-of-the-art solvent-free adhesive applications and optimize stress management. In reference to paper, the application of barrier coatings has been one of the primary focuses through the gravure carriage with a pressurized feeding system, being that it is especially designed for this type of application.
Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging
CEFLEX was launched in 2017 within the framework of the Interpack show. Since this time, it has continued to grow and presently has brought together over 160 companies and organizations that represent the flexible packaging value chain: material producers; ink, coating and adhesive suppliers; film producers; flexible packaging converters; brand owners,, waste management companies; recyclers; extended producers responsibility organizations; and technology providers.
Before the end of 2020, regarding vision, CEFLEX aspires to develop and implement a roadmap for flexible packaging based on sustainability and the circular economy, including design guidelines, added value, and resource efficiency, among others. This roadmap will be accessible to the members of the consortium, as well as anyone who is interested in having this information.
Comexi Cloud Enables Companies to Make Faster and More Efficient Decisions
The digital platform’s real-time production data analysis helps customers improve production performance and develop smart factories
In 2016, Comexi, a global supplier of solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting sector, launched Comexi Cloud in response to the digital revolution which was transforming the world. This innovative service platform assists customers with the improvement of their factory performance through the analysis of real-time production data, thus allowing them to build and develop smarter factories and capitalize on the extraordinary opportunities which this new digital era has brought to the flexible packaging sector.
Comexi Cloud, the most comprehensive online platform on the market to visualize, compile, analyze, and store all data, has reinvented the manner in which printers and converters manage every type of process. It is composed of various digital services, which are linked to machines and the data that these machines generate.
“The tools with which Comexi Cloud provides enables us to make more efficient decisions,” explains Simone Weber, plant manager at Maxiplast Embalagens, a Brazilian company specializing in the production of flexible packaging and raffia bags. Maxiplast began using this digital platform two years ago, after purchasing a Comexi FW 1508 flexographic press, with multiple benefits. “Due to Comexi Cloud we are able to compare past and current item configurations. Furthermore, it allows us to store old processes”, says Weber, who especially values “Comexi Cloud’s ability to provide, via telephone or the Internet, remote access to all printing processes in real time. Consequently, we are capable of knowing the exact performance and production speed of an item, as well as any obstacles which may have occurred during the process. All of this can be accomplished in real time with the use of my telephone or from my home”.
In 1972, Maxiplast was founded in Santa Catarina (Brazil), with the objective to supply the regional poultry market with plastic containers. In 2001, the company acquired a subsidiary in Iljuí (RS), and moved six years later to its current location in Serafina Corrêa, from where it serves the entire national market. This subsidiary was established in order to produce flexible packaging, particularly for the slitting and welding, extrusion, printing, cliches, and administrative sectors. Maxiplast’s high level of customer service, technology investment, training in reference to the number of employees, and, over all, the quality of its products and services, have made the company a leader in the Brazilian sector.
The Five Components of Comexi Cloud
Production Analytics is the fastest and easiest method to analyze production, as well as understand data and various processes, including job costing knowledge of printing and converting processes. This data reveals relevant production information to customers, enabling them to make the most appropriate decisions. Job Costing gives knowledge and an analysis of real-time production costs and consumption through data which is automatically processed by the machine, including the consumption of energy, ink and consumables. As a result, this module provides print information regarding the total cost per m2 for a specific period of time.
The platform includes Comexi Ordering Online, which permits 3D visualization of a customer’s digital twin machine, as well as the accurate identification of the required spare parts and the option of quickly purchasing ordering them online. Maintenance Assistant is a tool for machine maintenance management, data analysis, and preventive maintenance digitization, which takes into consideration the different life cycles of machine parts. Due to Technical Docs, customers always have access to every up-to-date machine documentation.
The result is a comprehensive virtual platform, accessible from anywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Comexi Cloud offers everyone the necessary information to evaluate and improve their work, becoming the perfect combination of machine, user, and virtual platform, among other benefits.
Turnkey Prepress Webinar September 24th
Flexo and Semi-flexo coating units, similar names for very different purposes
Many manufacturers claim to have a Flexographic coating unit but, is this statement true?
Today we will be dissecting the differences between the Flexographic and the Semiflexo Coating Unit and why -even their names are very similar- they have completely different purposes.
So, let’s start from the beginning, what is a Flexographic coating unit?
Well as the name says, it is an independent coating unit in the form of trolley which can be integrated into a Coater or Laminator and serve a similar purpose of a Flexographic printing deck which can be found in any Flexo printing press.
The main use it has is to apply any type of lacquer, varnish or color in register or without register with great precision and quality. The main advantage of this system is that it allows a very quick changeover between different formats and jobs since it works with a sleeved system.
In the era of time to market, being able to changeover between different SKU’s in a matter of two minutes is definitely worth considering. One of the biggest concerns of Converters and printers is the shortening of runs and the number of SKU’s sky-rocketing.
Then, why do we find systems in the market which are called Flexo coating units but they are not prepared to work in register, which is the main advantage of this system? Well, that in fact is because there are people that call Flexo coating unit to something which in reality is a Semiflexo.
The concept of Semiflexo is something which might sound redundant to explain, as the name seems to imply that it has half of the possibilities a Flexo trolley has, which in fact is partially true since out of the registered and non-registered jobs you are left with the latter one’s only.
The Semiflexo trolley -despite the similarities in the naming- is a trolley which is used for a completely different range of applications. The system, which can have two or three rollers depending on the manufacturer, is used for transferring into different substrates very high grammage and/or high viscosity adhesives or coatings.
This system has many benefits for those who are willing to apply coatings such as Heat-Seal or High viscosity adhesives. One of them is the possibility of working with a higher percentage of solids, allowing a much lower use of solvents, allowing clear benefits also in drying.
Another clear benefit is being able to transfer absolutely smooth layers of coating, since the transfer roller is not engraved and hence, it does not leave any mark on the final substrate unlike Gravure, which is also used for some high grammage applications.
All in all, each coating system has its pro’s and its con’s and its applications but let’s call the things by its name and not mistake a Flexo with a Semiflexo unit!
ACE Adiabatic systems
- Thermal disposal power from 90 to 820 kW
- Supporting structure made of painted steel
- Coils with aluminum fins and copper pipes
- High energy savings
- Low noise level thanks to the electronic control of the fan speed
- Easy and economical maintenance
- Automatic control of the adiabatic system by means of an advanced PID electronic regulator
- Reduced water consumption up to 95% compared to an Evaporative Tower
ACE is an adiabatic dry-cooler that uses ambient air to cool process water.
With the help of powerful fans, placed inside the ACE, the ambient air is conveyed through a PVC panel evenly wet by a patented “SHOWER” anti-fouling water distribution system.
As it passes through the water-impregnated cells of the evaporating panel, the air cools, giving up heat to the water, which evaporates.
This process gives the ACE a higher efficiency than the traditional dry cooler while maintaining the water consumption and contamination requirements of closed circuit systems.
Comexi CTec Launches a New Service Allowing Converting Companies to Integrate Prepress
The Comexi Technology Center turnkey project, a collaboration with Esko, Asahi and DuPont, culminates once client daily production is efficiently autonomous
The Manel Xifra Boada Technology Center, Comexi CTec, which specializes in training, advice, and technical process support for the printing and converting sectors of the flexible packaging industry, has incorporated into its portfolio a new service. The objective of this service is to integrate the prepress process, from ground zero, into the facilities of its clients. This turnkey project is the collaboration of various highly qualified partners, including Esko, Asahi and DuPont. The project culminates once the client independently produces preprint while adhering to all defined quality standards.
“Prepress control is an essential element for the process, regarding both efficiency and final product quality. With respect to competitiveness, being able to control the process is essential”, explains Albert López, the head of the Comexi CTec. He adds that “the evolution of plate production technology towards a time to market response influenced by sustainability, suggests that over time, more and more converters will integrate prepress into their own production process.”
In order to make the transition as easy as possible in regard to cost and time, knowledge is vital. Comexi CTec is equipped with the necessary resources to offer its clients the possibility of integrating the entire prepress workflow through a turnkey project. The company’s technological proposal involves the integration, from ground zero, of a prepress department, and includes hardware, software, installation, optimization, training, and production support until the client is autonomously efficient. The estimated time to complete the project is approximately six months.
The technological proposal has an exposure system with a process of solvent-free plates which produce rapidly. Processing technology can be water-based or thermal, and in less than 50 minutes, the plate is ready for production.
Comexi Announces Plans for New Center of Technology in Miami
The new US headquarters will offer on-site training in flexo, lamination, slitting, maintenance, color management, prepress, as well as industrial testing
Comexi, a specialist in solutions for the printing and converting industry of flexible packaging, announced plans for a new Technology Center (CTec) at the company’s new US headquarters in Miami, Florida. With new customer sales and service offices already completed, the 15,000 square foot CTec facility, with a large, centralized parts inventory, is scheduled for completion in November 2020.
Comexi customers and partners can get on-site, at CTec USA, expert training in flexo, laminating, slitting, equipment maintenance, color management, and prepress processes. The center will also allow customers to test and trial materials using onsite machinery. Miami is the company’s third Technology Center location worldwide.
“The Manel Xifra Boada Technological Center, Comexi CTec, is fully integrated with our facilities in Riudellots de la Selva. At present, we believe it is time to move forward with the creation of our third technological center, in order to offer our training services, advice, and technical process support to the printing and converting sectors of flexible packaging industry. Owing to CTec USA, Comexi will be able to provide a more effective response to the needs of our American customers,” explains Albert López, the head of the Comexi CTec.
When completed the CTec will have a fully operational SL2 solventless laminator, an S2 DT wide-web slitter, and an F2 MP hybrid flexographic press. The Comexi SL laminator is designed for all types of solvent-free laminates, making this machine a perfect sustainable solution. The Comexi S2 DT slitter features a double turret rewinding system providing excellent quality and productivity. Comexi’s F2 MP 60” is a highly versatile 10-color flexo press designed for a wide range of quality print production.
The first technical training at the new center will be conducted the 4th quarter 2020 for a 3-day course on color management. The course will cover practical and theoretical sessions on measurement-based process control, extended color gamut implementation, color management, and quality control practices. Training on high-value printing, lamination, and improving slitting production will be offered the second quarter of 2021. Registration available online.
According to Olof Buelens, Comexi VP and director of North American operations, “the new headquarters and CTec in Miami is a significant investment by Comexi to offer our customers in the Americas better and more extensive services in terms of training, quality, processes, R & D systems, and online ordering. Establishing an expanded parts inventory here also helps guarantee better and faster distribution of spare parts to customers in the US and Canada.”
Comexi North America presently has full-time technicians on staff to ensure timely support to customers from South America to Canada, plus a team of specialists to provide technical support 24/7.
Always applying leading-edge technology to better serve customers, Comexi more recently introduced the Comexi Cloud, a digital service platform designed to bring valuable analytics, data, virtual machine configurations, and more on every team, process and application in the customer’s operation. Customers also benefit from Comexi’s remote support with augmented reality glasses, an operational maintenance programs, custom service program, training, and consultancy.
Elastic ear loops for face masks
COMEZ machines can produce a wide range of chainette cords (“tripolino”), widely used in passementerie, in the production of knitwear, in the accessories and in many other sectors including the medical field. In this emergency period, our machines for the production of chainette cords are mainly used for making elastic ear loops for protective face masks, both disposable and reusable.
The needles of these machines allow to use many different kind of yarns including the synthetic fibers: it is thus possible to obtain elastic and resistant chainette cords which are soft to the touch. The features of these elastic cords allow an easy welding to the fabric and make them ideal as ear loops for surgical face masks.
COMEZ 1700/20 is our new knitting machine for the production of rigid and elastic chainette cords in large quantities. This machine is equipped with 20 operating heads, the needle cylinders are interchangeable and available up to 24 needles each, with unloading holes of various diameters.
We are always committed to offer new machineries and solutions approaching the market demands. For further information on our chainette machines for medical articles and on the elastic ear loops for face masks, contact the Sales Area Manager responsible for your country.
Successful Remote Installation of a Comexi S2 DT Compact Slitter at Flexiplast (Ecuador)
Comexi has been working for an extended period of time towards automation regarding their entire product line, particularly within the slitting division
Comexi, a global supplier of solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting sector, has successfully concluded, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the complete remote installation of a few machines. The instalment of a recently purchased compact slitter Comexi S2 DT by Flexiplast perfectly highlights this achievement. Flexiplast, an Ecuadorian company founded in 1994, specializes in the manufacture of flexible packaging.
During the installation of this brand-new slitter, performed at the facilities of Flexiplast in Quito, the distance between the plant and the headquarters of Comexi was not an obstacle. The success of the project is primarily due to the considerable involvement of the entire Flexiplast team, together with the support of the Comexi slitting department and the local Ecuadorian technical assistance team.
“We are very pleased with the remote installation of the Comexi S2 DT slitter. This machine will allow us to continue offering services to all our customers, despite the difficulties of the current global pandemic situation,” says Arturo Sanchez, manager of Flexiplast.
In an effort to make the lives of customers uncomplicated, Comexi had set out, well before the affliction of the COVID-19 pandemic, to facilitate launches and machine operations as strategic key pillars of the company. Presently, and during the past months, this approach has been an enormous success in the fulfilment of remote installations.
In regard to its line of products, Comexi has been working towards automation for an extended period of time. In particular, the slitting division, which has positively distinguished itself from other product divisions, focuses on automation, in order to differentiate from competitors and offer both slitters as well as end of line automation.
During these challenging times, Flexiplast has decided to move forward with the purchase of a compact slitter Comexi S2 DT, a state-of-the-art machine created to simultaneously provide high productivity and high flexibility. This slitter, equipped with a turret system to streamline project changes, is especially useful for the company that needs to produce a large number of reels.
In the market, there are more than 100 Comexi S2 DT slitters, which offer, a high versatility in the range of materials. With this slitter, quality and quantity are not incompatible. Due to acceleration ratios, high productivity is achieved through the reach of high speeds at a quick rate. Operating the Comexi S2 DT is extremely easy and intuitive, due to the enormous work that has been done to offer a pleasant, comfortable and agile interface
Comexi Exhibits The Company’s Novelties For The First Time In A Virtual Booth
The company fully enters the digital era by offering streaming demos and trainings to its customers through the Manel Xifra Boada Technology Center
Comexi, a global supplier of solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting sector, demonstrated its firm commitment to the digital era. For the first time, the company organized the presentation of a virtual booth to introduce the latest developments in printing and conversion. Additionally, Comexi presented the well-known Comexi Cloud digital services platform, various new services of the Manel Xifra Boada Technology Center, as well as industry 4.0 and sustainability solutions, some of the company’s strategic pillars.
Comexi took this opportunity to unveil the new technological brand Genius Tech, which encompasses all of its technological developments, both those that are already a part of the current flexographic press line and those that will have the new concept of Flexo press in the foreseeable future. Genius Tech is Comexi’s technological response to the primary concerns of customers: ultra-short runs, low machine OEE, and the necessary training for operators, among others. Genius Tech adds technology and intelligence to the machine in order to make them more sustainable and improve processes.
A walk through the virtual booth reveals the Comexi’s new flexographic printing concept, as well as global novelty regarding the company’s revolutionary digital press concept: a press specifically designed for flexible packaging which is ideal for short runs, completely free of solvents, and has an extremely high printing resolution.
The Manel Xifra Boada Technology Center, Comexi CTec, which specializes in training, as well as offering process advice and technical support to the printing and conversion industry of flexible packaging, presented its turnkey project services: the creation from ground zero of a complete global conversion plant, with onsite pre-press service integration and training. Through customized client demonstrations and live streaming webinars, the latter which have been designed for operators and professionals wanting in-depth knowledge and have replaced face-to-face communication, Comexi CTec has become a pioneer regarding the use of new digital technologies.
A visit to the Comexi virtual booth updates you on the most current Comexi information regarding the Comexi Cloud digital platform, the benefits of offset printing, and the newest trends in packaging, lamination, conversion process automation, as well as laser and holography applications.
Socipack Acquires a Comexi Wide-Web Slitter-Rewinder
The company located in the Ivory Coast purchased a Comexi S2 DS, its eighth Comexi machine since 2016, which will be installed at its facilities in Abidjan
Comexi, a specialist in solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting industry, and Socipack, a leading company in the Ivory Coast’ flexible packaging field, have extended their strategic partnership with the acquisition by the African company of a Comexi S2 DS, which will be installed at the company’s headquarters located in Abidjan. The relationship between the two companies dates back to 2016 when Socipack purchased its first Comexi machines. Today, they have two Comexi presses, three Comexi laminators, and two Comexi slitters. The new Comexi S2 DS will be the company’s third slitter and the eighth Comexi machine.
Socipack, Société Ivorienne de Packaging, is a company specializing in flexible packaging, labelling, sleeves, multilayer extrusion, and stretch film. They export finished products to the African market, and also import incoming raw materials for the manufacturing of plastic labels and packaging. As a result of the company’s Comexi machine purchases, Socipack has become one of the fastest growing companies in the African flexible packaging and food packaging sectors.
Comexi’s Area Manager of this region, Miquel Gironès, is very satisfied with the business relationship between the two companies because Socipack had confidence in Comexi to enter the flexible packaging sector. “They have depended on us from the beginning. With the help of Comexi, they have become one of the most important companies in this sector.” Gironès also adds that through its general partnership with Comexi, Socipack “has been advised by us regarding the purchase of the necessary machinery.”
Through Comexi’s technologies, Socipack has increased its productivity and capabilities, producing a wider range of products and applications, thus strengthening its position as a leading company in the African flexible packaging market.
Comexi is represented in the Ivory Coast by BLG International, which is based in Marseille as well as Abidjan. BLG’s sales manager, Aleix Mas, says “Socipack is the key player in the region, a young and dynamic company capable of providing films, packaging, and labels with the highest quality standards”.
The Comexi S2 DS slitter is a compact and fully electric machine with an ergonomic design. It permits adjustments and manoeuvres the slitting after the material has proceeded. The NIP system, which separates tensions, enables the machine to use various tensions while rewinding and unwinding. Quality and quantity are not incompatible with the Comexi S2 DS, due to the high productivity which is achieved by acceleration ratios. All of this is accomplished through reaching top speed at a quick rate. Operation with this slitter is straightforward and intuitive, due to tools such as the PC Touch-Panel, which is used to set the pace of the machine, and store production data.
Comexi's Retrofitting Service Enables NV Orbo to Reduce Ink Consumption
The Belgian company, with the use of a Comexi FW 1508 flexographic press, has achieved greater stability in their production process
Optimum ink consumption and greater production stability are a few of the benefits NV Orbo has achieved, due to the intervention performed on its machinery by the Comexi service department, which included the retrofit of a Comexi inking system. This service is designed to boost the capabilities of the machines installed in the factories of Comexi customers, and entails outfitting the machines with various functional and constructive improvements, including technological advancements developed in the latest generation of Comexi machines. The objective of this maintenance is to upgrade the clients’ machinery, enlarge the lifecycle of the machines, and increase their performance.
In 1995, NV Orbo was established as a label printing company. Since 2006, the company has also specialized in flexible packaging, which is nowadays the only activity. Comexi service department recently performed an upgrade on their Comexi FW 1508 flexo press: doctor blades, the low friction pistons system of the advance system, and the ink feed pumps have all been replaced by the most recent parts and/or systems implemented in Comexi machines. “Due to Comexi’s retrofitting service, we have reduced the wastage of ink and the necessary time to clean. Furthermore, less bumping occurs, and the production process has more stability, “explains Johan Naessens, the General Manager of NV Orbo, while Francis Steen, the Factory and Production Manager, comments that “presently, there is far less waste, set-up times are shorter, and machines are more reliable.” Steen concludes with stating that “retrofitting has been a very good investment with relatively short downtime.”
The headquarters of NV Orbo are situaded in Kortemark, the western part of Belgium, which is a strategic location to serve frozen vegetables producers. NV Orbo has 30 employees and converts approximately 20 million square meters of film: 75% in flexographic printing and 25% in offset printing. The Belgian company provides printed flexible packaging on both mono-film and laminated reels. In addition to the Comexi FW flexographic press, NV Orbo also has a Comexi laminator and two Comexi slitters, one of which is equipped with a laser system.
New Comexi CTec Remote Assistance Service Increases Customer Productivity
The Technological Center of Comexi uses new technologies to perform demonstrations and stream training for its clients
The Manel Xifra Boada Technology Center, Comexi CTec, specialized in training, advice, and technical process support for the printing and converting sectors of flexible packaging industry, has adapted its methodology of production support in order to implement and remotely monitor improvement and efficiency programs. Remote Serviflex, the resulting modular program which offers the integration of all optimization tools, detects and minimizes inefficiencies, improves processes, and enhances machine operation. This program, on average, renders a 10-30% improvement, regarding customer.
Remote Serviflex allows customers to optimize changeover time, reduce color adjustment waste, increase printing speed, and eliminate unexpected cessations. Through Comexi Cloud, the most innovative digital platform that assists customers with improving the performance of their plants, production data is analyzed to understand work systems and detect improvements. Furthermore, the use of Comexi Smart Glasses, a remote communication system that allows information sharing, in real time visibility, between field technicians and support departments, promotes the implementation of efficient methodologies, training, and operational support.
This modular program, which includes consulting, coaching, online training, webinars, virtual guidance, streaming demo, and redesigning of standard operations, is divided into and developed through three modules: monitoring, operation Improvement, and consolidation and new targets.
The Comexi CTec also uses new technologies to conduct live streaming webinars, which guarantee personalized group learning and attention in real time. Process managers and professionals, who wish to learn and deepen their knowledge, are the target audience of these courses. Training workshops in lamination defect solutions, printing defect solutions, color management, and flexographic printing production efficiency have been given in various languages, including Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Russian. Thus far, these courses, which will continue throughout the upcoming months and expand to include other topics, have been taught with success, in reference to participation, which averages an attendance of 14 people per course.
Furthermore, Comexi CTec streams personalized demonstrations for customers, which has replaced face-to-face demonstrations. Due to current circumstances, travel is impossible, and demonstrations cannot be performed at Comexi facilities. These machine demonstrations are conducted with the custom designs sent by clients, and the most up-to-date Comexi technologies, including Smart Glasses.
First Complete Remote Installation of a Comexi Laminator During COVID-19 Pandemic
The installation took place at the Plásticos Correa plant in Medellín (Colombia) and included of the assembly of a Comexi SL3 solventless laminator
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Comexi, a global supplier of solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting sector, has remotely installed multiple machines in response to the increased production of its customers. Recently, the company successfully completed the first remote installation of a Comexi SL3 solventless laminator, sold by Eduardo López, a Comexi agent, at the Plásticos Correa plant in Medellín (Colombia).
Throughout the assembly of this new laminator, the distance between the headquarters of Plásticos Correa and the facilities of Comexi in Riudellots de la Selva (Girona) was not an obstacle. Mostly, this is a result of the collaboration between the various parties involved, particularly those responsible for sales and projects, which includes the local technical manager, Nelson Gamboa and, above all, the client.
The plant manager, Ricardo Posada, explains that Plásticos Correa acquired the Comexi SL3 laminator “to produce a variety of laminated containers, principally for the food industry, as well as for the production of a 100% polyolefin pouch, which can be recycled with traditional machines.”
Access facilitation and the handling of machines have always been a priority for Comexi: the objective is to make the lives of operators and customers as uncomplicated as possible. In regard to laminators, this is possible due to an extremely user-friendly interface and a very intuitive recipe system for storing production.
Over the past few years, this has been especially helpful in optimizing customer production, although recently, during COVID-19, it has been key to remote commissioning. In many of these instances, the client must perform part of the initial tasks of the machine without having previously used it. Contrary to expectations, and due to the easy use of laminators, the result of this is not traumatic.
During this difficult time, Plásticos Correa has decided to increase its installed base by way of a Comexi SL3 laminator, allowing the company to perform a wide variety of jobs with a very compact laminator. The Colombian company is dedicated to the development of flexible packaging, primarily for the pharmaceutical and food sectors.
The Comexi SL3 is an ideal flexible packaging laminator designed for converters starting out or already performing a large amount of work which does not require high voltage. Efficient and compact, it has a very intuitive user interface, making it much easier for operators to use.
Comexi Technological Center Continues to Grow
The project implementation of a complete conversion plant is highlighted, as are the new training courses, which showed an increase in the number of attendees at both Comexi CTec and the facilities of customers
The Manel Xifra Boada Technological Center, Comexi CTec, maintains its line of growth, as is visible in the results of 2019, which showed a contracting increase of more than 15%, particularly in reference to all its service areas, including the project implementation of a full plant conversion and training courses. Noteworthy, is the exceptionally significant increase of attendees, in courses held at Comexi as well as those conducted at the facilities of customers.
Last year, CTec, a specialist in advice and technical services for the impression and conversion of the flexible packaging industry, exceeded, for the first time since its creation, over 200 participants in training courses at its Riudellots de la Selva (Girona) facility; the total number of participants was 208 for 2019. Furthermore, the Technological Center has seen participation in technical and advanced training courses increase, with the enrolment of 177 students, the highest number of participants since being offered in 2010.
“Since 2018, we have maintained, with high added value, the manner in which we conduct specialized training and demonstrations,” says Albert López, head of the Technological Center, who assuredly values the increase of clients who have trained at CTec as those who have participated in one of the personalized formations, which was more than 30. The number of companies relocated to Riudellots de la Selva, in order to participate in exclusive sessions also increased.
Serviflex, the advisory and training service that Comexi CTec performs at the facility of a client, increased in number by 16 during 2019, reaching 57 since the company began offering this service. In regard to industrial demonstrations and tests, during the second half of last year there was a considerable increase in those dedicated to Offset Technology; in 2019 there were 255.
The Turnkey Project: An Upward Trend
One of the principal novelties of 2019 was the turnkey project, through which constant advice is offered to the client from the beginning of the process, and culminates when both parties achieve the desired result. “At CTec we support customers from the moment they acquire the project to the final productivity phase, offering customers permanent training”, summarizes Albert López. The project begins with the definition and implementation of a new business model, continues with the definition of the action planning program, the monitoring of the business implementation phases, and culminates with the analysis and monitoring of results, in reference to production. The employees of the customer receive training both at the beginning and throughout the process.
New Training Courses and Online webinars in 2020
The primary innovations to Comexi CTec training courses for 2020 include a prepress course, offered in July, and an additional laser slitting operational course, offered in October; the language of both courses is Spanish. Furthermore, two formations, a technical colour seminar and an advanced lamination session, have been scheduled for October at the new Comexi Technological Center, located in Miami, USA.
There will also be advanced sessions in flexographic printing (language: Spanish and English), lamination (language: Spanish, English and Russian), as well as slitting (language: English), solution of printing defects and standardization (language: Spanish), fundamentals of flexographic printing (language: Spanish), practical maintenance course (language: Spanish and English) and a technical color seminar (language: Spanish, English and Russian).
Furthermore, Comexi CTec has scheduled various live online streaming webinars, which guarantee personalized group learning in real time. Process managers and professionals, who wish to learn and deepen their knowledge, are the target audience of these courses. The next formations are Lamination troubleshooting (April 22nd), Troubleshooting: Gosting efect and Back trapping (April 24th), and Colour Management (April 29th).
Polytec Renews Its Confidence in Comexi with the Acquisition of a Flexographic Press
The characteristics of the Comexi F2 ML will allow the Guatemalan company to face the challenges presented to converters by the flexible packaging market
After the installation at Polytec of a Comexi F2 ML, the flexographic press for large developments and high speeds, Comexi, a global supplier of solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting sector, has consolidated its dominant position in the Central American market. During the months which the machine has been in operation, Óscar Escobar, manager of the Guatemalan plant, have been able to verify its high performance, and the way in which they have been able to confront the current converter challenges of the flexible packaging market, due to the press’ rapid job change, high quality, and consistency during printing.
New technologies have placed the flexible packaging sector in a mode of acceleration. Presently, companies and their industrial processes must adapt to these changes if they do not want to be forgotten.
The Comexi F2 ML incorporates the innovative positioning system of doctor blades with low friction pistons, a robust structure of impression body, and carbon fiber air mandrels with hydraulic intermediate sleeves. The wide upper platform encompasses an entire heating and drying system, consisting of a five-meter tunnel, and two independent systems with automatic air recirculation regulated by the concentration of solvents. As a result, the Comexi F2 ML is consistently capable of the highest performance of printing at a speed of 500 m/min. Furthermore, the press can be equipped with the most advanced control system to facilitate output, including the fully automatic pressure adjustment and registration system, which is based on the machine’s video system together with the PDF file of the jov, or access to the Comexi Cloud digital services platform.
Taking all this into consideration, there have already been five occasions where Polytec has trusted Comexi as a benchmark provider of central drum flexo printing services. The purchase of a Comexi F2 ML completes a relationship of more than 20 years and is built on the trust generated by equipment robustness and the impeccable after-sales service of Comexi in the area.
Comexi is extremely proud to include Polytec among its customers, a company with a character of quality and innovativeness, and one which has been awarded several competition awards in Central American and North American
The Automated Comexi S1 DT Allows Morancé Soudure France to Reduce the Risk Associated with Covid-19
The French company increases its production capacity and the processing quality of its printed and laminated films after acquiring this slitter
The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of automation as one of the factors allowing companies to simultaneously guarantee the health of their workers and customers. Due to automation, there is more distance between operators and less contact with packaging material, whenever possible.
Comexi, a global supplier of solutions for the flexible packaging printing and converting sector, has been working towards automation for an extended period of time in all their product line, especially that of the Comexi S1 DT, very likely the most automated turret slitter available in the market. Morancé Soudure France is one of the few companies that has decided to take the step forward and choose automation to reduce the risk associated with Coronavirus. The company has recently decided to acquire the state of the art Comexi S1 DT slitter to increase its productivity and reduce downtimes.
“We have invested in Comexi because its innovation and technological mastery clearly differentiate it from other manufacturers,” explains Olivier Fedel, CEO of Morancé Soudure France. The French company was in search of a machine that was “reliable, efficient and flexible, and for this reason our choice was a Comexi S1 DT, allowing us to significantly increase our production capacity and the processing quality of the films we print and laminate.”
Furthermore, the automation of the S1 DT slitter provides “health guarantees on time when the risks associated with Covid-19 are shaking the world. More automation means less manipulation and, therefore, more security for our employees, our customers, and the final consumers,” says Olivier Fedel.
Morancé Soudure France is specializes in the production of plastic oxo-biodegradable packaging. The company, founded in 1975 making garbage bags in a garage, was created by Jean Pierre Barbier, president of Morancé Soudure France. For more than 30 years, it has primarily exported products to North and West Africa. Presently, the company has over 80 employees at its production plant located in Villefranche sur Saône (Rhône).
The Comexi S1 DT is a slitter which provides excellent results in both quality and productivity, even in regard to the most demanding projects, due to its regulated control elements and high degree of automation. Cores, knifes and nearly every adjustment part of the machine are self-calibrating, as a result of an extremely interactive and easy-going user interface. This unique automation of the Comexi S1 DT gives the operator the ability to load the reel into the machine and, if the configuration is appropriate, to deliver finished reels, which are palletized and singularly wrapped in a bag, without intervention by the operator.
The turret of the Comexi S1 DT can perform jobs with a large output reel number and work with the thickest structures used in the flexible packaging market, including aluminium, wax or other hard materials. This machine has the NIP tension gap system with which different rewinding and unwinding tensions can be used. Moreover, the Comexi S1 DT allows for a high degree of customization, as well as many automated options, such as splicing tables, automatic reel unloading, video inspection camera or the robotized labelling of finished reels.
Machines for the production of reusable face masks
Thanks to COMEZ long standing experience, electronic knitting machines for producing protective face masks are now available
The new containment phase related to the COVID-19 pandemic is a very delicate one, requiring that each of us suitably comply with strict safety standards. As such, companies worldwide have been requested to provide significant quantities of personal protective equipment for their clients, particularly face masks.
Right from the beginning of this emergency, COMEZ has made available to its customers its own technical expertise in the development of machinery designed especially for the production of reusable masks. Today, we are in a position to guarantee numerous solutions that effectively respond to different requirements, from the manufacturing of elastic bands (round or flat) to the production of complete face masks.
Specifically, we have developed a special configuration for our electronic machines that guarantees the production of face masks complete with an elastic band. Equipped with a long weft device, allows the production of resistant and elastic reusable face masks, suitable to be worn even for extended periods of time. The finished product manufactured on our electronic machines requires only cutting and sewing for its completion.
Another solution for producing face masks is to add the elastic bands directly on a non-woven fabric which is elasticized on our electronic machines. This configuration includes a special embroidery device, it allows high production speed and it offers a great economic advantage.
Of course, it is also possible to produce only the elastic bands – both flat, round or tubular and in different widths – on our mechanical machines. Below we show some samples of elastic bands produced on COMEZ machines: in the first image there are roundish elastic bands produced on crochet machines, the flat elastic bands in the second image are also made on crochet machines and in the third image it is shown a tubular elastic band made on COMEZ 500/6, a machine for the production of chainette cords.
Various COMEZ machine models can be used for all this types of production, all of which offer a high level of versatility. Thanks to the specifications of these machines, article changes can be handled easily, when required by the market.