RC Group A/S is at the forefront of technology when it comes to flexo printing. RC Group A/S produces more than 4,000 round sleeves per year.
In order to keep being in the forefront of the flexo printing industry, RC Group had to be in full control of quality on outgoing sleeves, so to secure perfect quality on every single sleeve, they had a setup of a one unit printing press that is controlled on a daily basis by one man. This set-up costs RC Group a significant amount of time and money in the form of proofing, colour control and print runs. What also needs to be taken in account is that every time the quality on a sleeve is not good enough, the process must be repeated with new sleeves.
Henrik Kofoed, Group Sales Manager at RC Group:
“Our sleeve production has been growing more than 30% every year for the past 5 years. To keep up with the increasing quality demands from our customers and at the same time keep being a profitable company, we had to look into how we could optimise the way of producing our flexo sleeves.”
Henrik Kofoed contacted Glunz & Jensen with his need for developing a product to replace the costly and tedious process of quality control in flexo plate production, and today, one year later, Glunz & Jensen can deliver the FlexScan to the market.
FlexScan digitally scans for “low and high spots” on round sleeves and thereby eliminating the need for a full test run on a printing press. And at the same time the FlexScan delivers a quality report (PDF or in print), with relief depth/height that is used to document the quality of incoming or outgoing sleeves. This process can be done in 20 minutes – compared to more than 2 hours with the current quality control process in the market.
Henrik Kofoed: “I believe that the FlexScan will deliver a return on investment within a maximum of 2 years, depending on the amount of sleeves produced. The FlexScan makes history by innovating the entire process of flexo plate production around the world. Finally, the flexo market will have a tool to benchmark quality, and be able to work with international quality standards and documentation.”