Signature Flexible Packaging is to install its second EVO XD ten-colour press from KBA-Flexotecnica at its facility in Los Angeles in the US.

The flexible packaging firm is investing in the new gearless, sleeved, central impression flexo printing press due to its growth and extra capacity.

The company is operating the first KBA-Flexotecnica EVO XD press, which was installed in April 2014.

Signature uses the EVO XD press to print thin-gauge plastic film such as oriented polypropylene and polyester.

Signature Flexible Packaging president Adrian Backer said: "It is being used as our principal press for all of our products, but primarily for our high-end process work.

"Almost from the start, the EVO XD has been producing a clear majority of our printed products.

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"In the last 12 months it has produced 73% of our total print production among three presses."

"It is being used as our principal press for all of our products, but primarily for our high-end process work."

The two Flexotecnica EVO XD ten-colour presses, featuring new technology, at Signature are expected to increase turnaround time and reduce costs.

The press features the Speedy Clean automatic wash-up system and in-line viscosity control with InkSpec viscometers, auto-impression setting, and click-and-drag zero-waste registration.

It also features numerous quality control options such as a 100% inspection camera and in-line colour control.

Backer added: "Our first EVO XD was configured with ten units to give us more options on difficult jobs, and when running jobs of five colors or less back-to-back to have the cylinders for the second job in press.

"The second EVO XD is configured the same way to give us maximum flexibility."

Image: Signature Flexible Packaging president Adrian Backer. Photo: courtesy of Koenig & Bauer AG.