Denmark-based Tresu Group has unveiled a new flexo printing unit that creates patterns for non-woven disposable sanitary napkins.

Developed with various global personal care brands, the new multi-colour unit applies patterns on the inside of the product.

Tresu said that the new unit could be customised to meet product specifications, and includes four water-based colours, a hot air dryer and a register guidance camera.

"Research has shown that there is stronger loyalty to napkin brands with recognisable printed designs, such as icons or logos printed on the fabric."

The solution has been designed to print on non-woven materials made using pre-perforated polyethylene (PE) polymers.

The integrated unit comprises Tresu's F10 iCon ink supply system with automatic cleaning in order to ensure the constant feeding of the printing units as well as maintain maximum viscosity, temperature and pressure.

Its sealed, pressure-controlled chambered doctor blade systems enable direct, foam-free transfer of ink or coating to the anilox rollers, ensuring a clean printed image.

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Tresu Solutions vice-president Allan Sander said: "Consumers are increasingly seeking assurance about the quality of their products, and research has shown that there is stronger loyalty to napkin brands with recognisable printed designs, such as icons or logos printed on the fabric.

“TRESU’s customised printing integration system enables the personal hygiene industry to achieve this, while maintaining a cost-controlled, flexible, single-pass operation.”

The unit’s register guidance system, which is situated at the embossing point, ensures the pattern is printed at the centre of the napkin.

With a speed of up to 400m per minute, the unit can print around 2,000 pieces in a minute.

Earlier this month, Belgium-based paperboard and label printer Digilinck had installed a HP Indigo 30000 digital press, which is integrated with a Tresu iCoat 30000 coater, with an aim to meet the increasing demand for digitally printed folding carton packaging.