Tungate Group invests in new BOBST label press


STAFFORDSHIRE-based flexible packaging and label printing specialist, Tungate Group, has invested in a BOBST MASTER M5 flexo press to enhance its narrow web production capacity.

The decision to invest in the 630mm-wide flexo press with UV LED lamps for curing is said to underscore the firm’s commitment to ‘innovation, continuous development and efficiency’ in its operations.

The versatile press is highly automated and designed for a digitalised world. The machine can be equipped with oneECG technology, which digitalises colour matching with an extended seven-colour gamut.

Digital workflows with integrated printing and converting technologies, such as DigiFlexo auto-registration with the PrintTutor intelligent camera system, are intended to enable the MASTER M5 to help reduce operating costs and maximise machine uptime.

MD Kevin Paszek said, “As a high-performing packaging and label supplier, we see a lot of challenges in the industry. For example, substrate availability and lead times, particularly on recyclable material, as well as rising business energy costs.

“In responding to these challenges, we saw the benefit of introducing new technology to narrow web machines. Once we had identified this as a business need, we tested many machines on multiple substrates. The MASTER M5 press stood out immediately as an ideal solution. What’s more, it also means greater agility – we can support own-label brands that the wide web community can’t due to the prevalence of small run lengths.”

Kevin added that the business has already seen ‘enormous potential’ in the MASTER M5.

“A throughput speed of up to 200 m/min is already impressive, but our set-up time has reduced by 30%, compared to our outgoing machine,” he said. “We anticipate more advantages with the inclusion of oneECG technology. Digital printing technology has made customers more impatient, and that puts a lot of pressure on conventional converters. With our new investment, we’re stabilised and ready to respond to the ‘now’ culture.”

Steve Lakin, sales manager, labels at BOBST, added, “When it comes to enhancing productivity and savings in today’s printing market, the right technology makes all the difference. We were delighted to partner with Tungate on the supply and installation of a BOBST MASTER M5 flexo press.

“With the high pressures that today’s converters are under, machines must impress with every single run, and that’s what BOBST is all about. We apply advanced features that make a real day-to-day difference for our customers, whether that maximising speed and productivity, or finding new ways to reduce energy use and control costs.”