Bottcher Systems supports all ‘four pillars’ of its business — carton packaging, printing with hybrid UV and Light Emitting Diode inks (HUV-LED), flexible packaging and commercial print.
Bottcher focuses on innovative solutions aimed at helping businesses reduce makeready times while also improving their sustainability record, says Managing Director Mitch Mulligan.
“Bottcher’s ECS ‘Easy Cleaning System’, for instance, was designed with this in mind,” he says. “These easy-to-clean inking rollers incorporate special polymers and additives in the rubber to reduce the adhesion of the ink to the roller surface, effectively improving ink transfer whilst also enhancing the washability of the roller train.
“This not only saves time, but means you can significantly reduce your wash consumption, typically by 30-50 per cent.
These ECS rollers are available for all drying technologies and in a range of durometers to accommodate printers’ and press manufacturers’ preferences.”
As well as the special roller coverings, the ECS system also includes washes with enhanced cleaning power, including the new Mistral ECS. As Mulligan says: “To make this product, we took our highest-quality conventional wash and made it even better. New materials not only improve its ability to dissolve and remove ink from rollers and blankets, but increase the proportion of biological components in the wash, helping businesses reduce their environmental impact.
“With businesses in this region among the most ecoconscious in the world, we believe this is the best wash Bottcher has ever made!”
Flexo, gravure and sleeves
Tailor-made solutions for flexographic and rotogravure printing include the proven CAMBIUM sleeve for plate mounting among them. Mulligan is enthusiastic about this product: “Valued by independent printers and packaging groups for their geometric and mechanical stability and low weight, Cambium sleeves are now available internationally through the B.ttcher Group.”
We also have sleeves for plate assembly, including products from the B.ttcherFlex product series which includes DLE elastomer sleeves and plates for direct laser engraving. DLE elastomer sleeves enable premium printing quality with the advantages of an endless, seamless printing forme.”
Bottcher’s flexible packaging range is complemented by its converting know-how, which includes special products used on a wide Labels Plus 31 variety of converting equipment to facilitate processing steps from varnishing to laminating, winding, slitting, die-cutting and embossing.
“These products have been developed in response to the specific requirements of each processing step, maximising quality while minimising wear and tear, to increase longevity and reduce downtime,” Mulligan says.
“The BottcherFlex portfolio is rounded off by the new washing and care products, including Velvet for use with water colours and Solvento for solvent and UV inks. This gives print service providers a full range of efficient cleaning products available for daily use. For special deep cleaning of anilox rollers, we offer the product Creme, as well as HiSonic High Pressure for use with high pressure cleaners and HiSonic UltraSonic for ultrasonic baths.”
Also in the range is the BottcherTop 4K and Rainbow blanket technology, along with the BottcherTop range of coating plates for water-based and UV varnishes which Mulligan says are ideal for embellishment applications, particularly for commercial and carton packaging printers.
Of course, there is nothing like professional advice, says Mulligan: “As well as this diverse range of products, we have our team of Bottcher product experts on hand to advise on the right product selections for specific processes and applications and to answer any questions on products from the full B.ttcher range.”