Whatever the level of investment in equipment, the sooner a company begins producing salable products, the better it is for everybody. Grafiche Federighi, a printer of self-adhesive wine labels in central Italy, has certainly set some sort of standard by completing a prestigious order on its new Nilpeter MO-4 offset-based combination press, just three weeks after it was delivered on pallets. This short commissioning period included full operator training and production tests of the press and its components. Once completed, the operators felt no need to call on extra support, or use Nilpeter's remote troubleshooting service from its headquarters in Slagelse, Denmark.
The MO-4's first job comprised an order for 160,000 labels placed by one of Italy's leading wine producers. The job was printed five colours offset with a flexo-printed gold effect and a matt varnish. The labels were destined for a special edition of a premium-quality wine exported to importers in the UK and US markets. The company previously produced this and similar label orders on a semi-rotary offset press, but the MO-4 is said to deliver an improved appearance with faster setups.
Grafiche Federighi is located in Camerata Picena, some 14 km southwest of Ancona. The Federighi brothers are thought to be the youngest owners of an MO-4: Massimo is 38 years old, and Alessandro is 32. The new press is expected to significantly boost production of high-quality wine labels to allow further expansion in this sector. In September it will be upgraded with a new type of flatbed foiling and embossing unit developed by Nilpeter. The fact that the company's 24 employees are all under 40, testifies to its youthful approach to business.
The fourth-generation MO-4 is an offset-based combination press with a maximum web width of 406 mm (16 inches). The flexible platform technology allows many bespoke configurations for day-to-day operations, giving quick switches between a choice of UV-flexo, rotary screen, and gravure printing processes, plus hot and cold foil. It can also run with Nilpeter's new HoloPrint module for printing holographic images in register directly onto any web-fed paper or film substrate using a special UV-cured varnish.
Instead of conventional all-metal three-cylinder cassettes or inserts, the MO-4 features a patented sleeve system for the plate and blanket cylinders. Their lightweight polycarbon construction gives fast changes of repeat lengths in a range from 18 to 25 inches with reduced tooling costs. Precise bearer-to-bearer contact and a fixed all-metal impression cylinder allow the sleeve system to produce high offset quality with minimal dot gain. The same sleeving technology is also used for the plate cylinders and anilox rolls when running with optional flexo modules.