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Baldwin Technologies

By AICC Staff

January 30, 2023

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By a “Wide Margin” Baldwin Invests in Next-Generation Curing, Drying, and Plate-Cleaning Technologies

Baldwin Technologies is coming off a strong 2022 as its brand-new XP Max LED-UV curing system and Ultra Wide FlexoCleanerBrush™ are gaining fast adoption in the corrugated space, helping to meet boxmaker needs for higher production, improved quality, and reduced downtime with a focus on wide format settings.

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“Customers are facing well-known headwinds—inflation, supply chain challenges, increasing energy costs, and labor constraints—and they are leaning on our team and our technologies to overcome them,” said Craig Black, Vice President of Sales, Baldwin. “Wide format applications and equipment are particularly well-suited to our next generation systems.”

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One of these technologies is the new XP Max LED-UV system. It is engineered to cure wide substrates moving past it on a corrugated rotary die cutter, manufacturing conveyor belt, or printing press. As opposed to one long commodity LED array, XP Max uses many 20-inch (508 mm) modules, forming a continuous UV curing array that spans any required press or conveyor width. The LED modules are placed at an angle to allow for overlap of the LED emitting areas.

The LED-UV modules within the system significantly reduce energy and downtime while improving operational safety. LED-UV technology cures ink instantly and eliminates drying time, with far less energy than either infrared (IR) or arc UV. Furthermore, its modules can be turned on and off to cover specific conveyor areas, an important energy saving when curing smaller stock widths.

This new approach and system also enable discrete maintenance, allowing the removal of a single module without needing to shut down the full system for repairs. From a safety perspective, the LED window temperatures are significantly cooler than both IR and arc UV—resulting in reduced fire risk when corrugated substrates fall onto lamp heads.

Another technology solution is Baldwin’s Ultra Wide FlexoCleanerBrush™. This fully automated flexo plate-cleaning system can be deployed up to 126 inches (3.2 meters) wide. Baldwin’s flagship solution optimizes print quality and improves worker safety in corrugated printing, automatically removing dust and contamination from the plate in mere seconds during production—without stopping the press. The technology also performs full end-of-job plate cleaning and drying in fewer than four minutes, delivering increased uptime, reduced consumables spend, and ultimately the potential for truckloads of additional capacity each year.

Because the FlexoCleanerBrush™ is fully automatic and spans the entire width of the plate cylinder, it dramatically improves safety by eliminating routine operator contact with the machine, reducing the risk of operator contact with wash agents and cylinder nip injuries. Its carbon-fiber core ensures a stable, uniform, and consistent flexo plate cleaning throughout the whole width of the plate, keeping the system to a minimal weight.

In addition to these ultra-wide technologies, Baldwin’s FlexoDry IR drying system is proving fast results for customers. Designed to maximize press throughput, boost production speeds, and reduce energy consumption, the system is equipped with Diamond-IR lamps to focus IR radiation. The lamps employ unique ceramic reflectors, directing all light to the substrate, which results in 30% energy savings when compared with other IR lamps.

“Of course, any new technology is only as good as the service, support, and replacement parts behind it,” said Black. “At Baldwin, we focus on understanding our customers’ challenges and needs, and providing solutions to help them overcome them—with a century’s worth of technological innovation married with superior service and support teams.”

To “Go Wide” with Baldwin:

baldwintech.com.