Atlantic Zeiser unveils an inline printing for pouch packaging at Interpack
posted Tuesday 18 April 2023
The new Digiline Vario from Atlantic Zeiser enables full-color on-demand printing of flexible laminates for pouch packaging and flow wrapping applications. This eliminates the need for costly and time-consuming ordering, handling and storage of many different pre-printed reels of flexible narrow web materials. The Digiline Vario manages even the smallest batches economically with a consistent brand appearance.
With inline digital printing, the production of packaging from flexible laminates such as pouches and stick packs can now be made much more agile and efficient. The costly and time-consuming ordering, handling and storage of many different pre-printed rolls of flexible narrow web materials is no longer necessary, and reliance on film suppliers is significantly reduced.
To this end, Atlantic Zeiser will be presenting for the first time in Europe at Interpack the new Digiline Vario, a system for full-color on-demand printing. « In-house printing capabilities are now a game-changer: brands, converters and contract manufacturing organizations (CMO) are now getting full control over the design of materials and packaging all at once, » says Gael Murat, Senior Commercial Director at Atlantic Zeiser. « Digital Printing is the answer to numerous challenges, such as the growing number of different packaging units (SKUs), faster time-to-market, small batch sizes, increasing changeovers, minimum order quantities from film suppliers, sometimes long lead times for material deliveries and new artwork, and last but not least, the urgent desire to produce more sustainably by minimizing waste. » In order to integrate the Digiline Vario optimally even into already existing lines or processes, it is available not only as an inline but also as a nearline and offline version (« roll to roll »).
The new Digiline Vario offers high-speed printing of up to 60 meters per minute to continue maintaining the high throughput of existing production lines. At the same time, it ensures high resolution with crisp color printing. Its smart web tension management also ensures consistently high print quality. Thanks to the new ProFlo inkjet technology, the machine achieves particularly vivid colors and the best print quality even for extremely small details in the form of graphics, fonts, coding or serialization.
The Digiline Vario features a pre-validated package comprising printing and inspection units sharing the same end-to-end PDF workflow. This way it is much easier to technically integrate the camera into the workflow, and set-up and validation take much less time. No reference image must be generated – inspection is based only on the original PDF and encompasses the entire print image, printed data and codes, grading, and colors. Atlantic Zeiser’s DIGILINE Vario thus ensures a consistent brand image on a variety of reel materials, a very high degree of process reliability, and if needed or desired, the conditions for the best possible traceability.