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Finishing Equipment


Rotoflex Launches the VTI and DF1 Offline Digital Finishing Solutions


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otoflex, the finishing company under the Mark Andy Inc. corporate umbrella, has launched two digital finishers: DF1 and VTI Series. While both machines offer high-speed operation at low costs, they were developed to serve different converter needs. The DF1 is a semi-rotary offline finishing and converting machine designed to meet the rising demand for unique short run labels in a simple, fast, precise, and affordable way, allowing converters to accelerate production and profits. Built on a robust platform with finishing speed up to 750 fpm (228.6 mpm) for full-rotary and 250 fpm (76.2 mpm) for semi-rotary, with accurate semi-rotary die- cutting functionality, the Rotoflex DF1 is an ideal addition for upwards of 80% of label converters worldwide. The quick set-up and dynamic operation allow converters to decorate, die-cut, slit, and strip labels in a single step, getting final product out the door faster and more efficiently than using


multiple means of finishing.


“The thought process behind the DF1 came from customer needs to quickly enhance labels and ensure high-quality, inspected output in the process”, says Rotoflex VP of operations, Manohar Dhugga. The VTI Series is an advanced tabletop finishing machine created to ensure conformity with stringent regulations of the pharmaceutical and high-security packaging industries. With a cutting-edge operator control system for inspection and finishing, the VTI Series detects and corrects missing labels, remaining matrix, splices, flags, spots, fading and missing colour, and defects in text and registrations. This allow converters to effortlessly inspect, rework, and re-inspect labels, which is especially necessary if the application involves 100% accuracy, variable data, or braille inspection.


“The URC 2.0 increases operator efficiency by reducing set-up time and waste through its automated functionality. The optional


biometric login security feature and online dashboard for data analysis provides for a complete finishing solution,” explains Mr Dhugga. “Another important feature of the VTI series is the eDrive 2.0, a system that increases production effectiveness through optimisation of acceleration and deceleration while preserving roll quality and characteristics,” he adds. The maximum speed – which varies according to the application – is 750 fpm (228 mpm).


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OnRobot launches new out-of-the-box robotic sanding tool


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nRobot has launched OnRobot Sander, an all-electric random orbital sander for automated finishing


applications, including sanding and polishing. Traditional sanding automation solutions often require a background in robotics to implement and maintain. With the launch of OnRobot Sander, manufacturers now have access to a complete out-of-the-box sanding tool that’s easy to use with all major collaborative and lightweight industrial robots. Programming simple surface finishing applications on Sander is easy thanks to the intuitive built-in software. But OnRobot takes usability a step further with the addition of a “Save Position” button on the tool that allows users to set waypoints manually without using the robot’s teach pendant. The Sander software comes with different path planning options – handguide, shape and points, and allows users to adjust rotation speed, optimizing cycle time and consistency.


“We’re seeing increased interest from companies that are completely new to robotics but are looking for ways to supplement existing labour through automation,” says OnRobot CEO, Enrico Krog Iversen. He adds: “OnRobot is committed to providing small and medium-sized businesses with affordable, application- centered solutions that are easy to set up and maintain. OnRobot Sander provides all the features and benefits our customers expect of automated sanding technology, but without the hassle and cost traditionally associated with automated sanding tools.” OnRobot Sander supports flat, curved and uneven part geometries and comes with replaceable standard pads that can be used on a wide range of materials. All of the advanced features of the OnRobot Sander are supported on Universal Robots cobots, but the tool is easily integrated with any major robot brand.


Sanding is often dirty and dangerous work that carries a range of potential health risks for workers, from the debilitating ‘white-finger syndrome’ caused by high vibration hand tools to lung damage caused by particulate matter. OnRobot Sander is designed to eliminate these risks and uses 3M clean sandpaper discs, which allow more dust to be extracted, thereby ensuring a safer environment for workers.


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