Nuova GIDUE S.r.l. held a successful Open House on February 6th-8th at the Italian manufacturer's headquarter in Tavarnuzze (FI), Tuscany. GIDUE opened its doors to present the deep innovation of the new M9 "all-in-one-pass" multi-process press for the Carton and Packaging industry.
The undisputed protagonist of the Open House was the new M9 carton machine.
This pioneering printing machine shows a wide range of innovative characteristics.
It offers the completely redesigned M9 Offset print group with heavy-duty frames, independent servo-driven inking units and format cassettes, to achieve short set-up times and wastes. Each M9 Offset print unit is driven by a total of 7 servo motors and is one of the most automated and efficient print units in the Carton and Packaging industry.
Among its further innovations, the M9 offers a new Flexo print unit which can use water-based and UV inks with high power drying speed also on heavy solids. The M9 Flexo unit is placed on the GIDUE Universal Platform and can be easily interchanged with Screen, Cold Foil and Hot Stamping Process heads.
A new "heavy duty" tension control system for carton up to 500 gsm has been developed.
A new M9 heavy duty Rotogravure unit has been shown "live" during the Open House, with impinged air drying system, which can print with water and solvent based inks.
The M9 proposes also a new converting section, with a vast range of functionalities: 3 die-cutting stations for self-adhesive substrates, 3 heavy duty die-cutting station for thick carton for embossing, creasing, die-cutting, 1 rotary servo-driven sheeting stations for heavy carton, 1 high-pile newly designed high-speed stacker and 1 dedicated delivery table for beer labels.
The deep innovation of GIDUE M9 new press line is developed for the carton-boxes market for high-end added value products, such as cosmetics, liquors and chocolate, and in general for the Packaging industry. The main advantages of GIDUE new M9 press line can be summarized in: all-in-one-pass multi-process / multi-converting possibilities; short set-up time and waste, flexibility in substrates from BOPP 38 µm to 500 gsm carton, possibility to use solvent based, water-based and UV curable inks, multi-process and interchangeable platforms for flexo, screen, cold foil and hot-stamping, multiple converting possibilities (e.g. shingle delivery sheeting, high-pile stacking, roll rewind, single piece shingle delivery), the new "heavy duty" M9 gravure section and, above all, the extremely advanced M9 new Offset and Flexo print units.
During the 3 days Open House, several live demonstrations (of about 1 hour each) of a 12-colour carton job were alternated to demonstrations of a 12-colour paper job. GIDUE's guests had the opportunity to see the printing process of 450 gsm carton-box packaging and, at the same time, of the new heavy carton converting session. They had a chance to understand how the M9 can switch from carton to a typical self-adhesive job and, besides, they appreciated several other GIDUE machines, i.e., the new Combat MX dedicated to the self-adhesive market, the Combat M3 for sleeves and wrap-around labels and the Master M5 supporting the exclusive GIDUE Digital Flexo™ technology.
GIDUE Managing Director Federico d'Annunzio comments: "Labels and Packaging industries are getting closer, the M9 is designed to create a "bridge" between the two markets. The M9 fulfils most of the commitments of high-end added value Packaging, which can be produced "all-in-one-pass" using several printing and converting technologies. This also helped us to develop new "short-runs" technologies in Gravure, Offset and Flexo printing and in the Converting sections.
The first M9 will be delivered to a major Chinese converter to print liquor boxes and cigarettes packages who is looking for very high printing quality and new "exclusive" Packaging solutions".
He concludes: "We were pleased with the quantity and quality of our visitors. This Open House has been a good opportunity to show GIDUE deep innovation capabilities and provide a guided tour of our facilities. Feedback from our guests was very positive and it is incredibly satisfying to see how people get impressed by our innovative M9 "big bambina"!".