DC350/550Flex+ High-end modular finishing line

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Premium label finishing with the DC350Flex+ & DC550Flex+

  • Maximum modularity
  • Automated production
  • Non-stop finishing
  • Multiple embellishment options
  • Sustainable operation
  • Online support and diagnostics
  • Industry 4.0 ready
  • Available in 350 & 550 mm web width versions

 

Characteristics

The GM DC350/550Flex+ take label production to the next level, with highly automated, super-fast converting.

Featuring high-speed, semi-rotary varnishing and die-cutting as standard, this modular platform can be upgraded easily with value-added options including multilayer labels, laser cutter, hot foil, screen-printing modules and much more.

The DC350/550Flex+ combine our continuous R&D with proven product features and is fully compatible with all major digital presses for trouble-free inline converting.
Configure your converting line to exact specifications with:

  • Jumbo roll unwinder with integrated roll lift
  • Semi-rotary flexo station(s)
  • PlateLoader – automatic flexible die changing system
  • Double Speed Die module – running at up to 140 m/min
  • FastStrip – servo-controlled waste matrix stripping and rewinding
  • MultiLayer – multilayer option for peel & reveal labels
  • AutoKnives – automatic knife positioning system
  • Quick CrushKnives – ultra-quick set crush knife system
  • AutoTurret – servo-controlled automatic turret rewinder
  • Hot foil and screen-printing modules
  • Web-advance for fast roll change

The GM DC350/550Flex+ platform was born to be modular, so if the market changes, new modules can be retrofitted quickly. Even third-party technology, such as a digital inkjet module, can be integrated for true hybrid production.

 

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Laser module

GM Laser module

Ideal for short-run, on-demand production, the GM laser cuts a wide range of substrates and can be added to existing systems in just a few days. With minimal spot size and optimized wavelength, the laser’s melting edge is minimized to eliminate burn marks. The module can be fully connected to the cloud and integrated into your MIS for automated workflow. Optional QR barcode reader enables hands-free automated job changes.

Semi-rotary flexo station - Flower style

GM Smart Flexo

Add 1, 2, or 3 flexo modules to the configuration for more value-adding options. Modules can be configured as semi-rotary or full rotary re-register groups and are designed for flood varnishing, cold foiling or printing of specific colours.

Hot foiling

GM Hot Foil & Embossing module

The 50-ton hot foil module uses multiple foil streams and features a turning tower for the largest possible design options. This all-in-one solution enables embossing and foiling in one process. It comes with a built-in foil saver and electronic temperature control, while the dwell time and speed can be precisely adjusted digitally.

Screen-printing

 GM Screen Print module

Essential for the production of wine labels and other high-value labels, the servo-driven precision flatbed screen-printing unit can add high-build varnishes, print custom spot colours, create scratch-off effects and much more. The module can be equipped with cost-effective and widely available frames and features a large reflector UV lamp for fast and effective drying. Multiple screen-printing heads can be fitted on each line.

Die-cutting

GM Die Cut module 

The semi-rotary die-cutting module sits at the heart of our finishing lines. As standard, it comes with auto-register and plate distortion adjustment for full use of older plate inventory. Optionally, it can be equipped with a plate loader and automatic GapMaster functionality. The die has a standard stroke of up to 25” supporting even the biggest labels. The standard unit can be replaced with our Double Speed Die module, which has a max speed of 140 m/min. Conventional waste matrix stripping and rewinding can be upgraded to the FastStrip servo-controlled system.

Rewinding

GM Dual Rewinder

In short-run production, the operator spends a lot of time at the rewinding station, so we have given this area special attention by adding stepless tension and an easy-to-use quick-change mode with pneumatic airshafts. The rewinding section can be configured with a standard dual rewinder or a turret rewinder. In turret rewinding mode, there is the option of semi-automatic (operator web cutting) or fully automatic (automated cutting). With a changeover time of less than 10 seconds, this is one of the fastest systems on the market.

Longford Booklet Feeder

    Longford Booklets Feeder

Integrating a high-speed surge feeder module is an ideal solution for booklet labels, coupon labels and label-on-label processing with various sizes and formats. This feeds booklets to a pinch point of the finishing system at speeds of up to 35,000 pieces per hour.

Technical Specifications
Specifications DC350Flex+ Metric Imperial
Web width 50 – 350 mm – 14”
Substrate thickness 50 – 200 μm – 8 pt.
Die Station
Semi-rotary speed 80 m/min 262 ft/min
Full-rotary speed 130 m/min 426 ft/min
Die plate size  50.8 – 558.8 mm – 22”
Rewinder/Unwinder
Reel diameter on internal unwind max. 1000 mm 39.4”
Unwind max weight 350 kg 770 lbs
Diameter max on dual shaft rewind 700 mm 27.5”
Diameter max on turret 450 mm 17.5”
Core diameter 76.2 mm 3”
Flexo Station Flower style
Print cylinder size 254 – 482.6 mm 10 – 19”
Spot varnish option with registration and slow run
Slitting Station
Knife Type: Pneumatic Quick CrushKnives, shear, AutoKnives
   Minimum distance crush/razor 12.7 mm 0.5
   Max number of crush/razor knives 14
Minimum distance Quick CrushKnives 27 mm 1.1”
Max number of Quick CrushKnives 11
   Minimum distance shear  10 mm 0.4
   Max number of shear knives  
Minimum distance AutoKnives – autoslitter 15.5 mm 0.61
Max number of knives 16
Power / Air  3x400V+N+PE, 32A, 6 bar
Size (WxDxH) - basic configuration 5.9 x 2.3 x 1.7m  19.4 x 7.4 x 5.5 ft
Exhaust  Ø200 mm, 800 m3/h, external.

 

Specifications DC550Flex+ Metric Imperial
Web width 50 – 550 mm 2 – 21.6”
Substrate thickness 50 – 200 μm 2 – 8 pt.
Die Station
Semi-rotary speed 50 m/min 164 ft/min
Full-rotary speed 90 m/min
option for 130 m/min

295 ft/min
option for 426 ft/min

Die plate size  50.8 – 558.8 mm 2 – 22”
Rewinder/Unwinder
Reel diameter on internal unwind max. 700 mm 27.5”
Unwind max weight 350 kg 770 lbs
Diameter max on dual shaft rewind 500 mm 19.7”
Diameter max on turret 450 mm 17.5”
Core diameter 76.2 mm 3”
Flexo Station Flower style
Print cylinder size 254 – 482.6 mm 10 – 19”
Spot varnish option with registration and slow run
Slitting Station
Knife Type: Pneumatic Quick CrushKnives, shear, AutoKnives
Minimum distance crush/razor 12.7 mm 0.5”
Minimum distance Quick CrushKnives 27 mm 1.1”
Minimum distance shear  10 mm 0.4”
Minimum distance AutoKnives – autoslitter 15.5 mm 0.61”
Power / Air  3x400V+N+PE, 32A, 6 bar
Exhaust  Ø200 mm, 800 m3/h, external.

 

Module options:

 

FastStrip ensures trouble-free operation when converting delicate substrates and complex label shapes at high speed.

 

AutoKnives module automatically positions up to 16 knives in just two minutes, saving valuable time on short-run jobs.

 

Quick CrushKnives offer an ultra-quick and precise setting for each crush knife – while the machine is running.

 

MultiLayer enables the production of multilayer labels for pharmaceutical, chemical and nutraceutical label applications and more.

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