Italian Cerutti Group’s subsidiary Cerutti Packaging and Equipment (CPE) has approved the Autotron 2600 Register Guidance System from QuadTech, with ClearLogic to be used as a standard feature on its gravure packaging presses.

According to QuadTech, the system gains control regardless of ink, speed or substrate, and can measure opaque, transparent andreflective substrates, such as biaxially-oriented polypropylene (BOPP), metallised film and high-gloss cast.

The system improves the ability of the press to pre-set the cylinder positions, enables it to lock into register seconds after the commencement of production and helps it maintain tolerances throughout the print run.

QuadTech’s Autotron register system, which works with the Cerutti Auto Presetting System (CAPS) as an integrated and flexible tool, enables Cerutti presses to maintain profitability in short-run printing situations.

CPE innovation manager Riccardo Montagnini said the company is engaged in the rotogravure printing sector for packaging and converting equipment, and needs to ensure that its presses maintain high efficiency levels.

"As shorter runs become the standard in package printing, down-time and waste need to be minimized. This system will ensure that start-up times are optimized and defects eliminated," Montagnini added.

The packaging gravure presses of Cerutti will use the Autotron 2600 register scanning heads to help in phasing and sequencing all of the cylinders into register, QuadTech said.

As part of the process, programmable scanning-heads and pre-set capabilities are used, which access stored job parameters for easy alignment, regardless of substrate, and toggles between paper and film or foil modes, avoiding the need to halt the press.

Through the joint Ethernet interface, the scanning heads then send corrections recognising register errors invisible to the human eye, giving control to the operator over make-ready and quality.