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APEX Genetic Transfer Technology in Göpfert printing presses


Since the official market introduction of the new generation metering rolls “UniCorr®” at last year's Fachpack in Nürnberg in September, a number of machines of renowned printing press manufacturer Göpfert Maschinen from Wiesentheid have already been retrofitted or equipped with the new technology at the request of many end users.

After SCA Packaging Mannheim, where the first Göpfert Ovation fully equipped with UniCorr® L rolls has been in use since the end of 2007/beginning of 2008, other companies have also opted for the new Genetic Transfer Technology.

Apex and Göpfert have already been successfully collaborating in the further development of anilox rolls for a number of years.

A number of printing trials performed on machines of leading manufacturers such as Göpfert and Bobst have shown that the new metering roll technology represents a ground-breaking development for a wide range of printing requirements.

The strength of the UniCorr® L lies in the fact that, within a defined printing range, several conventional anilox rolls with traditional specifications can be easily replaced by a single metering roll of this type. Now, when purchasing a new printing press, the purchase of several reserve rolls with different matrix specifications can often be omitted. In addition to the printing technology advantages, the elimination of machine downtimes due to changing anilox rolls results in cost savings in production operation. In addition, the UniCorr® rolls also have improved cleaning properties, thanks to the new material combination and the completely different surface profile in comparison with conventional laser engraved anilox rolls.

Users of the rolls are enthusiastic about the printing results. Rotary punches with high quality printing units particularly benefit from the much reduced use of different anilox rolls with diverse specifications and increased production capacity on the machines are the consequence.

At present, Apex is involved in the market introduction of further versions, such as a UniCorr® S model for the high-end graphics  for plate screens up to 54 l/cm. The first trial runs with this new fine-metering roll will soon take place with leading corrugated board printers on a Göpfert Ovation and a Bobst Masterflex. The stated aim of the Apex Group of Companies is to cover all established print requirements in the corrugated board industry with these standard metering roll types.

Furthermore, with its Genetic Transfer Technology the Apex Group of Companies also offers optimal solutions for other industrial sectors, such as flexible packaging and coating/offset. The proven advantages for corrugated board are also evident in many application areas of these sectors.