Brazilian converter Baumgarten is the first customer of Nilpeter’s new MO-5 offset press, launched at LabelExpo Europe.
By James QuirkThe Blumenau-based company is a long-term user of the Danish manufacturer’s machines, operating four MO-3300s, one MO-3 and two MO-4s; as well as five FA-presses. The new MO-5 – Baumgarten’s eighth Nilpeter offset press – will be in installed in January.
Indeed, the close relationship between the two companies was the starting point for the machine’s development. Baumgarten, seeking an offset press with a 22-inch web width, began discussions with Nilpeter a year and a half ago about the potential creation of such a press.
The resulting MO-5 has been developed with a focus on the flexible packaging market. It is designed for short-run packaging printing applications using technology developed for the label market for fast setup with minimum material waste.
‘We have a long partnership with Nilpeter; it’s a relationship of mutual trust,’ Ronaldo Baumgarten, the Brazilian converter’s president, told L&L. ‘The MO-5 is a very complete machine – practical and easy to use. It has a good width – 22 inches – and can handle a wide variety of substrates, which provides us with many different opportunities.’
Ronaldo Baumgarten said that the new press will be used to print the company’s full range of label and flexible packaging products.
The 8-colour MO-5 to be installed at Baumgarten features six offset units and two flexo, as well as die-cutting and lamination. Non-stop rewinding equipment is provided by Martin Automatic. According to Jesper Jorgensen, Nilpeter’s Global Sales Manager, the press provides increased accessibility to the printing units and features an enhanced dampening system. It has five oscillating rollers for temperature management, making it particularly suited to the low migration inks required by flexible packaging applications. An inking control system is provided by Eltromat.
The press is extremely sturdy, with one unit weighing 3,800 kilos. It can achieve speeds of up to 200 meters per minute.
‘Baumgarten came to us with an idea for their perfect machine – and we built it,’ said Jesper Jorgensen. ‘There was enough mutual trust between the companies for us to carry out the project, which has resulted in a machine which fills a gap in the narrow web packaging market.’He described Baumgarten as a converter competing at a ‘world class level’.