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Shilton Pillay, operator, on the Rotocontrol DT 440 digital finishing machine (Photo courtesy of PACKAGiNG & Print Media)
South African label printer First Impression Labels (FIL) has recently added a custom-built, three-colour Rotocontrol DT-Series modular digital finishing machine to its pressroom, which also contains Africa's first Screen Truepress Jet L350UV digital inkjet label press, installed in 2014. Both machines were supplied by Rotocon.
The Durban-based company was established in 1997 by Sandra and Vaughan Cumming and produces folding cartons, pressure-sensitive labels, shrink sleeves and wraparound labels for multinational food, home and personal care customers. It also operates a fleet of Performance Series Mark Andy flexo presses.
'Rotocontrol has taken the best tried-and-tested components and used them to build this modular machine, consisting of two rotary print stations, a varnishing station, a rotary cold foiling station and a semi-rotary die-cutting station and edge guide system,' said Mr Cumming. 'Additionally, the servo-driven software is key to the machine's performance, ensuring it ticks all the boxes.'
Pascal Aengenvoort, director and co-owner of Rotocon, described it as 'a privilege' to offer FIL a full-house digital service through the supply of their new finishing machine, following two previously installed Rotocontrol RSC 440mm web width slitter rewinders. 'As Vaughan requested, we kept its design as simple as possible and made the web path and other vital areas - which are usually concealed, resulting in maintenance and cleaning challenges - open and accessible,' he explained.