Omet S.r.l. of Lecco at virtual.drupa in Düsseldorf -- drupa - April 20 to 23, 2021 - Messe Düsseldorf
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Omet S.r.l.

Via Caduti Lecchesi a Fossoli, 22, 23900 Lecco
Telephone +39 0341 282661
Fax +39 0341 363731

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Marco Calcagni

Sales & Marketing Director

+39 335 6201975


Paolo Grasso

Head of Sales for Label & Packaging printing division

+39 335 639 9992


Claudio Piredda

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

+39 345 276 4983


Tatyana Gaponova

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

+39 335 683 7227


Andrea Angeli

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

+39 366 766 0389


Sergio Villa

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

+39 335 777 4515


Roberto Speri

Key Account Manager and Business Developer - Label & Packaging Printing Division

+39 335 832 2026


Andrea Ciro Campani

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

+39 335 620 1968


Claudio Semenza

Sales Area Manager - Tissue Converting Division

+39 347 151 3960


Marco Gallo

Sales Area Manager - Tissue Converting Division

+39 342 532 6673


Yuriy Gordyy

Sales Area Manager - Tissue Converting Division

+39 335 683 7229


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Product categories

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.07  Web-fed offset printing machines
  • 01.07.030  Web-fed printing machines – flexible substrates
  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.08  Flexographic printing machines
  • 01.08.015  Wide-web flexographic printing machines

Wide-web flexographic printing machines

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.08  Flexographic printing machines
  • 01.08.020  Narrow-web flexographic printing machines

Narrow-web flexographic printing machines

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.11  Hybrid printing machines (combination of methods)
  • 01.11.015  Web-fed hybrid printing machines
  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.12  Digital printing machines and digital printing systems
  • 01.12.015  Web-fed inkjet printing systems

Web-fed inkjet printing systems

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.15  Printing machines and systems for special printing applications
  • 01.15.030  Printing machines for label printing
  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.15  Printing machines and systems for special printing applications
  • 01.15.045  Printing machines for tissue printing

Printing machines for tissue printing

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  • 01.15  Printing machines and systems for special printing applications
  • 01.15.050  Printing machines for security printing

Printing machines for security printing

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 01.15  Printing machines and systems for special printing applications
  • 01.15.090  Machines for label printing
  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.02  converting
  • 03.02.245  Facial tissue making machines

Facial tissue making machines

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.02  converting
  • 03.02.250  Paper towel making machines

Paper towel making machines

  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.02  converting
  • 03.02.255  Paper napkin making machines
  • 03  post press / converting / packaging
  • 03.02  converting
  • 03.02.260  Paper handkerchief making machines

Paper handkerchief making machines

Our products

Product category: Printing machines for label printing, Machines for label printing


The iFlex label press is simple to use and quick at set-up! Several innovations characterize this press, all aiming at simplifying the printer’s work in reaching the highest quality, effortless. They include servo-assisted pre-register and register setting devices that speed up the machine set-up (1 minute to set 8 Flexo units) and rebooting after job change.

iFlex has shortest web path in narrow web printing for incredible savings in the start-up phase (waste measured is below the transition paper between two prints!). iFlex is the only machine to have all the impression rollers Direct Drive with obvious benefits on the print quality and in waste savings. 

The machine handles a wide range of sizes, from 5,5" to 18'' for small spending in printing plates production. iFlex is designed to work continuously, without maintenance stops. It is a robust, silent press, meant for intensive work cycles and performance, and consistent result.

iFlex printing press for labels fills a gap in technology supporting medium to large label converters whose need is to produce in one pass large amounts of standard labels with just-in- time deliveries and decrease process wastage. iFlex can also represent for label converters with lower budget capabilities the ideal press to print labels with a high level of efficiency and a high return on investment.


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Product category: Narrow-web flexographic printing machines, Printing machines for label printing, Machines for label printing

XFlex X4

The XFlex X4 narrow web label and packaging printing press offers high efficiency for the everyday converter by combining OMET’s patented chilled Impression roll print head design with top-rate electronic equipment including OMET famous Vision fully automatic (MD & LD) register control system, twin servo-motors on each printing unit that deliver industry leading label and thin film printing capabilities. The flexo press XFlex X4 offers a shorter web path, limited footprint, wide accessibility to the press for changes and regulations, and overall consistent printing results satisfy all converters who still rely on print cylinders. Any job changeover is easily and rapidly performed thanks to a special ‘Easy change’ configuration, which guarantees lower waste levels, faster set-up and reduced run-to-register time. With the XFlex X4 it is possible to obtain highly consistent quality and superior production performance in short runs through simplicity and intuitiveness.

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Product category: Web-fed printing machines – flexible substrates, Narrow-web flexographic printing machines, Printing machines for label printing, Machines for label printing

XFlex X5

The XFlex X5 is a fully servo press with servo printing stations, servo-motors on the outfeed and the die-cutting. This provides the possibility for double pass printing operation, shortening or stretching the print repeat and execute the longitudinal 360° register.The XFlex X5 delivers high quality labels and packaging and high productivity for short to medium runs of labels and long runs of film through simple and intuitive operation.The special ‘Easy Change’ system guarantees low waste levels, faster set-up and reduced run-to-register time for a true operator-independent performance.

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Product category: Web-fed printing machines – flexible substrates, Narrow-web flexographic printing machines, Printing machines for label printing, Printing machines for security printing, Machines for label printing

XFlex X6.0

The new XFlex X6.0 is the natural evolution of the renowned OMET XFlex X6 printing line, the real step towards digital workflow and independent process. It is going to set higher standards in performance and quiality by preserving the strong points that made XFlex X6 the best narrow-web platform on the market and integrating them with state-of-the-art technologies and automation.
A complete restyling and a modern interface with touchpad controls make the press even more user-friendly, ergonomic and intuitive, offering the operator a new working experience and the comfort of a fully automatic and independent process. The XFlex X6.0 enhances the potentiality of flexo printing and provides printers with the opportunity to improve their production potential and extend their product portfolio with top-quality results and sure return of investment.
The Xflex X6.0 flexo press is a pay-back investment for any company looking for high productivity, efficiency and astonishing printing results. It is able to integrate several printing and converting technologies in-line and process all kind of substrates, from 12-micron film to light carton, producing many types of applications to satisfy the requests of different target markets.

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Product category: Web-fed printing machines – flexible substrates, Web-fed hybrid printing machines, Printing machines for label printing, Machines for label printing

XFlex X6 Offset

XFlex X6 Offset printing machine answers to the needs of brand owners, who need to rely on the maximum replicability of printed jobs, no matter the volumes or the types of job. Web offset printing involves quite important savings in pre-press. The mix of offset and UV flexo printing allows to take advantage of both technology, including the easy ink management and the inner process flexibility. Addressing mainly to large converters of flexible packaging or premium labels, hybrid press XFlex X6 with offset / flexo combination is offered in widths up to 530mm / 21’’ and can be combined in-line with a whole array of printing, converting and finishing solutions to deliver the most diverse products in one single pass.

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Product category: Web-fed printing machines – flexible substrates, Wide-web flexographic printing machines, Printing machines for label printing, Printing machines for security printing, Machines for label printing

XFlex X7


XFlex X7 has been created with the target to merge the best features of XFlex X6.0 and Varyflex V2 into a new amazing printing press. It’s a 670mm (26”) mid web printing machine ideal for flexible packaging and shrink label printing at the maximum level of quality, thanks to the unmatched technology of XFlex flexo unit, motorized printing pressure and Multivision camera on each printing unit with On-the-Fly pre-registration.
XFlex X7 offers different possibilities of combination printing and special effects for high-value final products as like the brand Soft Touch Rotogravure unit allow ing new and unmatchable results, the Soft Touch Vertical Flexo with longer drying tunnel and Rotary Screen 670mm width.

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Product category: Narrow-web flexographic printing machines, Web-fed hybrid printing machines, Web-fed inkjet printing systems, Printing machines for label printing, Machines for label printing


OMET XJet printing press is the extraordinary result of the combination between the renowned OMET flexo quality and DURST digital inkjet printing technology. This union has realized the perfect hybrid solution able to provide the maximum level of productivity independently from the length of the run. Nobody but the printer decides whether to use flexo or digital, or both of them, according to daily label production and brand’s requests, thus choosing the most convenient technology at every run.

The OMET XJet offers an innovative solution able to extend label printer’s productivity and erase unnecessary costs. It is the only label press with in-line multi-process configuration, combining DURST Inkjet technology with OMET flexo units, plus exclusive finishing and converting units to obtain the final product always in one single passage. It is able to merge all the advantages of the two printing technologies in one single press. It widens significantly the range of printing opportunities, adapting the production to changeable market trends like personalization, just-in-time deliveries and final product valorization.

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Product category: Web-fed printing machines – flexible substrates, Wide-web flexographic printing machines, Web-fed hybrid printing machines, Printing machines for label printing, Printing machines for security printing, Machines for label printing

VaryFlex V2

Varyflex V2 is a narrow and mid-web flexible packaging printing machine with a unique platform concept designed to combine a wide set of printing and finishing technologies. UV, water base or solvent base flexo printing, movable gravure, screen and offset printing can be easily combined with many finishing options like hot or cold foil processes. OMET Varyflex V2 packaging press offers servo-driven flexible printing modules and can be specifically designed to fit the needs of in-line folding carton converters producing for the food, tobacco, consumer packaged goods and cosmetic market sectors. OMET Varyflex V2 breaks the limits and jumps into a unique area of quality, short runs and profitability for the printing of flexible packaging, folding carton, single or multi layer films, laminates, boxes, lottery tickets, security labels, aluminum blisters for the pharmaceutical sector and other special applications.

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Product category: Web-fed printing machines – flexible substrates, Wide-web flexographic printing machines, Web-fed hybrid printing machines

VaryFlex V4 Offset

The innovative and powerful UV Mid-web V4 Offset print unit in widths 670mm (26'') and 850mm (33'') enriches further the Varyflex V4 range. Varyflex V4 Offset, Mid-web printing press summarizes all the advantages of Varyflex presses widening its reach through the addition of powerful Offset technology to combine inking and printing quality standards with low-cost platemaking and precise color control.

Varyflex V4 Offset printing press is expected to revolutionize the packaging market thanks to a newly conceived Offset print unit characterized by high flexibility, simplicity in use and wide machine accessibility. The use of lightweight sleeves  and the availability of a Revolver Cart for sleeve replacement are part of the so-called 'Easy Sleeve Format Change' patented by OMET and contribute to make this printing press a true variable-size offset machine.

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Product category: Printing machines for tissue printing, Paper napkin making machines

TV503 Line

The TV 503 Line is a series of tissue converting machines designed for countless custom-made solutions. The machines of the TV 503 Line are modular platforms conceived to fulfil the specific needs of each customer in the production of the widest range of napkins with productivity up to 2,800 napkins per minute with any fold N, M, C, double fold, WM, or book. The TV 503 Line manufactures also place mats for bars and restaurants in the sector. The machines of the TV 503 Line can process paper rolls of 500mm (20’’) or 600mm (23,5’’) of width and can be equipped with flexo printing units up to 8 colors offering fast changeovers and great efficiency in short runs printing. Easy to use and very reliable, thanks to accurate controls and inner robustness, the TV 503 is designed for a long working life.

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Product category: Printing machines for tissue printing, Paper napkin making machines

TV840 Line

The TV 840 Line of tissue converting machines by OMET is a high-performance double-lane automatic napkins folding machines line including a wide range of high technology solutions and characterized by reliable and robust construction. As part of the project of standardization of the electronic equipment and digitization of the tissue converting machines by OMET, the TV 840 Line is totally controlled by servo motors on each axis, also in remote through tele service. The operator panel of the machines becomes the control point from which, through the independent servo drives, all machine adjustments are performed in a simple and automatic way involving large savings of time and waste, plus ensuring a better register precision. The increasingly intensive automation of the machine functions through digital adjustments allows easier handling of the machine in its basic functions (speed increase / decrease, start / stop..), and in the more complex (register, modification of product size or fold..).

The production performance of the TV 840 Line is well known around the world and so the quality of the napkins it converts, with embossing and folds that are perfectly aligned and great printing results. The TV 840 line can produce napkins in formats ranging from 20x20cm (8’’x8’’) to 42x42cm (17’’x17’’) while the high speed transfer to the packaging machine takes place in a fully automatic way. The productivity of the TV 840 Line of tissue converting machines is of 5,600 napkins per minute in the fold N, M, C, double fold, WM, or book with easy and fast change of the fold type. The machines reach the maximum speed of 850 meters per minute (2800 fpm). TV 840 Line can process a maximum paper roll web width of 840mm (33’’).

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Product category: Printing machines for tissue printing, Paper napkin making machines

FV Line

The FV Line of tissue converting machines, while exploiting a known technology, offers superior performance with regard to the electronic on-board equipment and the management of the production process, reaching speeds of up to 300 meters per minute (984 fpm) for a production of 4/6,000 napkins per minute. The FV Line automatically produces napkins of any dimension and material, including the napkins with dispenser fold. The FV Line is a modular machine with different groups in combination (embossing, folding, printing, etc.) and offers tissue converters extensive customization options to suit their present needs and eventually manage different exigencies arose over time. The tissue converting machines of the FV Line are characterized by the greatest flexibility allowing the fast change (average time 2/3 minutes!) of both the napkin format (20x20cm or 8’’x8’’ and 30x30cm or 12’’x12’’), the type of fold (1/4, 1/8 and 1/8 with dispenser fold), and the speed, directly from the operator’s panel. 

As part of the digitization project of OMET tissue converting machines, the FV Line can be fully controlled from the main control pulpit with no need of human’s intervention, except for the roll replacement, thus increasing the level of safety of the machine and ensuring the speeding up of production with huge advantages in terms of time and waste savings. The operator’s safety is also guaranteed by the external cabin of the machine, in some parts transparent, preventing him/her from touching the most hazardous parts, and from protective hand guards placed at strategic points on the equipment. The machines of the FV Line are available with 2 up to 8 lanes. The machines can be configured to process inline a mother paper roll with width of 1,200mm (48’’) or two rolls of 600mm (23,5’’) placed side by side. The FV Line has been designed to satisfy the needs of the tissue market for medium and large runs of white embossed napkins ‘with napkin dispenser fold’ but, upon request, it can be combined with optional multiple printing stations.

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Product category: Printing machines for tissue printing, Paper napkin making machines

MF Line

The MF Line is a new revolutionary OMET machine suited for the production of all types of napkins made of different materials, types of fold, embossing and also flexo and digital printing.

MF Line is available in single or double lane configuration according to production needs and offers napkins production with different types of fold with quick job changes directly from the operator control panel thanks to the new vacuum/mechanical folding head technology. The in-line Chameleon digital printing configuration allows maximum flexibility in producing customized products with no set up waste.

The new folding head is a vacuum/mechanical technology exclusively developed by OMET in order to provide the maximum flexibility in terms of folding options. It allows a quick change between any type of fold, from the more traditional ¼ fold, up to the fancier book fold. Actually, an innovative electronic system enables a quick change of napkins size which can go up to 100 mm range.

The flexibility of the new MF combined with OMET digital printing technology satisfies all possible needs of both the and the retail customer.

MF Line allows also the processing of non-woven materials and all other kind of special materials used for the production of disposable products, such as dust-catching cloths for domestic cleaning, for barbers and beauty salons.

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Product category: Paper towel making machines

AS Line

The AS Line of tissue converting machines are modular solutions for the production of large volumes of multi-fold paper towels characterized by excellent performance, technological innovation and cost-efficient operation. The presence of highly automated folders allows the production of interfolded, continuous interfolded with glue and overlapped towels. The ‘Fasten Pack’ technology - gluing the tail of the first packet to the head of the second one - offers significant advantages for users and manufacturers thanks to the elimination of discontinuity in extraction. In such a way the machine allows obtaining a high productivity and packets having a large volume, without giving up the extremely easy use. 

As part of the project of digitization of its machines, OMET has completely renewed  the offer of the AS Line for the production of paper towels. The machine, which can process coils from 2600 (104’’) to 3600mm (144’’) wide, has been fitted with a new unwinder and an innovative DESL laminator as well as advanced controls, even remote to ensure a constant production flow and reduced machine stops for maintenance. The DESL lamination group consists of 2 cylinders with 350 mm in diameter and 3 meters in length, with two incisions that work in sync to produce embossed towels  (nested). The system involves a rather high reduction of waste especially in the start-up phase and considerable savings of time normally spent for manual adjustments.

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Product category: Facial tissue making machines, Paper towel making machines

ASV Line


The ASV is an innovative automatic interfolding line that combines extensive modularity, ease of use and high productivity. This line is the result of a careful technological research with innovative and patented operating principles. Its complete automation allows considerable savings on personnel costs and a consequent reduction in accident risks.
The ASV embodies the essential requirements that have always been sought by the user: high levels of quality and quantity of the product, simplicity of use and easy maintenance.

1, 2 or 3-ply paper hand towels
2, 3 or 4-ply facial tissue
2-3-ply toilet paper

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Product category: Printing machines for label printing

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Company news



31 Mar 2021

Inline or CI (Central Impression)? The flexo debate

At a time when the global pandemic is wreaking havoc with public health and fundamentally changing consumer behaviour in the retail trade, Nick Coombes speaks exclusively with Paolo Grasso, Head of Sales for the Label Business Unit at OMET Srl, and asks what is driving the market, and how this innovative Italian manufacturer is responding.

NC: Inline or CI is not a new discussion – can you set the flexo scene as you see it today?
PG: The industry has spent years debating which is the best way to go, and while there is no simple answer, the considerations haven’t changed much because it depends on what you are trying to achieve as to which is the preferred technology. They both use the flexo printing technique, but that’s very much where the similarity ends in real terms.

NC: Is it more about application than technique?
PG: Yes, because the two different ways of using the flexo process largely dictate the end product. So, before we delve into the subject more deeply we need to establish who does what, and why. We need to look behind the scenes and see how the two processes have developed to where they are today.

NC: How do you see the current situation with CI?
PG: In my opinion, its growth in recent years has been partially stimulated by the decline in run lengths of products that traditionally have been printed on rotogravure presses, which are not best suited to short run work. Quality-wise, solvent based CI flexo is just a sufficient match for solvent based gravure, but the investment and running costs are significantly lower if you consider pre-press, storage, set-up and so on. A CI flexo press also has a smaller footprint and is easier to operate and maintain. The competing technologies serve principally the same market, namely primary flexible packaging for the food and beverage sector and continue to do so in high volumes on web widths of typically 1.3m or more. But the trend is shorter runs on narrower presses, with manufacturers downsizing towards 850mm or even down to 670mm web widths.

NC: How does that compare with the inline flexo process?
PG: Essentially the inline process has developed from the narrow web technology that began life in the mid 1900s as a means of producing self-adhesive or pressure-sensitive labels. Over the past decade or so this sector has enjoyed a high rate of growth as demand for smaller single-pack portions and more product differentiation has increased. This is a market that is highly accustomed to the use of UV inks and lacquers, with the latest trend towards LED/UV curing on grounds of greater efficiency and lower operating costs.

NC: Where has this growth come from in narrow web?
PG: Labels have grown in size, form, and application. For instance, the beer industry that was once dominated by glue applied labels printed sheet fed offset, has recently turned to a self-adhesive filmic no-label look that enhances the appearance and therefore the perceived quality of the product. It also allows for a longer lifecycle of the brand on the bottle. Other areas of significant growth include the use of unsupported film for shrink sleeves and in-mould labels that typically use PVC, PETG, and OPP substrates. If you imagine the size of a shrink sleeve with its 360-degree decoration and compare it with a traditional label, you will see why demand has grown for inline presses with wider web widths. In this market sector 430mm (17”) is normal, but 530mm (21”) and 670mm (26”) are both growing in popularity.

NC: Was the market quick to pick up on this trend?
PG: Yes, especially in Asia. The sleeve has a larger surface area that allows for better and more eye-catching graphics and more space for information too. It effectively changed whole sectors of the market and gave brand owners the opportunity to differentiate their products from those of their competitors. What is interesting is that in Asia, rotogravure is still the preferred print process for shrink sleeves, but in the rest of the world narrow web inline flexo with UV is the acknowledged process.

NC: Are we reaching a crossover point between CI and inline?
PG: We have a situation where overall volumes are going up, but so are the number of SKUs, which effectively means shorter runs but of a greater variety of jobs. In the case of shrink sleeve and in-mould labels, this can be easily accommodated on both types of press, which is why you see inline going wider and CI becoming narrower. I’d say the crossover point is 670mm – 850mm (26” – 33”) – you can tell this by the number of inline and CI manufacturers who have developed new technology in those format sizes. It’s the point where quick and easy make-ready facilitates the handling of shorter runs at a commercially viable cost.

NC: So, a converter could choose either process to compete in the market?
PG: Not exactly, because it will depend of the type of work you are looking to produce, and the market sectors you are supplying. The inline approach is based on LED/UV while the CI method is still mostly solvent-based, and this shows up in the print quality of the packaging. LED/UV is much closer to gravure in quality, while solvent-based is cheaper to produce. If you look at the food packaging industry as an example, there is currently no appetite for LED/UV in primary packaging, and this is where the inline manufacturers are fighting their toughest battles. Some progress has been made with low-migration inks and lacquers, but it is still far from being an industrial process. This is where CI is strong and, in all honesty, is likely to remain the reference technology for the foreseeable future. The only change might be a greater uptake of EB curing, but I can see this happening only if the investment and running costs fall significantly.

NC: Are there any other considerations when deciding whether to choose inline or CI?
PG: Apart from the previously mentioned quality considerations, the main issue is volume. Most modern CI presses run at 450m/min or faster on web widths of 1.3m or wider, so are set up for high volumes – the inline process has come from a self-adhesive label background where 200m/min is seriously quick on web widths of typically 430mm – there is a vast difference. CI converters measure production in tonnes, inline measures in pieces which are then converted to linear metres. A short run on a CI press might be considered as 1 tonne, whereas on an inline press 300kg would be more normal, but these figures will vary from country to country and with different applications it’s not one size fits all.

NC: Do you have any examples of converters using a mix of technology in practice?
PG: Yes – we have a very interesting case study in our home market of Italy. A large printing company acquired a smaller one that had four of our Omet LED flexo lines in operation running specialised short run work. The jobs were 90% related to direct-food primary packaging, where the absence of odour taint is critical. The parent company operates exclusively with solvent-based rotogravure presses supplying the same brand owners. The only difference is run lengths – the Omet lines are economical down to 1200 linear metres, using typically 300kg of laminated film and as low as 100kg for special orders. There is no way these could be produced as economically on a CI press.

NC: In summary, what are the key factors when choosing between the two technologies?
PG: Quality, and time to market are in my opinion the deciding factors. How good does it need to be, and how fast can you deliver it? These are the issues facing everyone in package printing in today’s economic climate. Brand owners want the best for the cheapest and have it soonest – it’s not an easy problem for converters to solve. But what is becoming increasingly apparent is the need for flexible production capacity and a business model that is agile enough to react quickly to changes in market demand. And this makes a very strong case for inline. Shorter runs, more SKUs, faster delivery, and more added value are all factors that the narrow web sector has successfully addressed in recent years, so the knowhow and technology is well established. Where CI still scores is in larger volumes and primary food packaging where the very best print quality is not essential. Each has its place in the market.

NC: Moving on from CI versus inline flexo, how do you see digital print affecting this market sector?
PG: Demand for digital print is growing fast and there are many good exponents of this already well-established in the global market, but cost is still an overriding factor here, and until that changes I see digital as a complementary rather than a replacement technology. As no single technology can be considered to be the best in every field, Omet has different approaches so it can offer the widest range of solutions.

NC: Can you explain that point in more detail?
PG: First of all, we offer UV/LED flexo in the narrow web sector as I’ve already mentioned. But our platform design allows us to adapt to supplying a variety of hybrid print solutions in different configurations. For example, we have supplied customers with hybrid presses that combine offset/flexo/gravure print units, all inline narrow web, and using a mix of solvent and UV or EB curing systems. This blend of technology allows converters to achieve unbeatable quality at the lowest possible cost. For instance, offset prepress costs are negligible, which allows converters to literally throw away the plates of a job that does not get reprinted because the product was not a sales success. In addition, offset quality and resolution cannot be matched by flexo and can only be compared with rotogravure.

NC: What does a hybrid line offer to converters?
PG: I’ll give you an example – to minimise the cost of laying an overall white while maintaining proper densities, we integrate a rotogravure station on the press line. Solvent white ink is very inexpensive while the coverage is the best you can get, and the change over time is reduced to just one unit on the entire press. For complete food compatibility we print wet-on-wet offset and then use an EB oven to cure all colours, varnish and additional effects in one single shot. EB curing does not require photo initiators at all so there is zero risk of migration and contamination.

NC: What other hybrids are commercially attractive?
PG: You asked about digital earlier, and a very similar concept of hybrid printing processes is the flexo/digital combination that optimises cost without sacrificing quality. Since 2017 we have cooperated on a reciprocal exclusivity basis with Durst to integrate their RSC print engines into a machine we call the Omet XJET. This press is targeted at the pressure sensitive label market as well as shrink sleeves with its 1200 x 1200dpi inkjet with 2pico-litre drops, and the cost efficiency of flexo plates with inline converting.

NC: So, what’s a typical use of this hybrid technology?
PG: Well, for example, if a converter needs to do a trial print run for a brand owner’s test marketing campaign, he can economically print the job entirely digitally but with a flexo plate for the white base colour. This offers big savings on the cost of printing a digital white, while still allowing a print run of 100 images all different from each other! You have to decide what it is that you need to do before you determine the configuration of any hybrid press, and as brand owners and converters look for greater differentiation, it’s those with the greatest imagination that will benefit most.

NC: How do you see the market shaping up in the years ahead?
PG: Well, I’m not a fortune teller, but my feeling is that digital will definitely take a larger share of the market over the next five years. This doesn’t mean that existing print methods will disappear. On the contrary, they will co-exist and complement each other. Hybridisation will become a common term in our industry, and basically what Omet is doing today will become the new standard. It’s really picking the best from a basket of technologies and creating new configurations that perfectly match the customers’ needs and desires.

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26 Mar 2021

OMET Offset Business Developer: new role for Roberto Speri

OMET has formalized the new role of Roberto Speri as Key Account Manager and Offset Business Developer for the Italian market, with particular reference to the VaryFlex V4 and X6 offset machines. Roberto Speri will also work at a global level as a support for the Offset sector to the OMET Area Sales Managers.

The decision to create this new role – Offset Business Developer – within the commercial structure of the OMET Label & Packaging Division respond to the development strategy of OMET in the flexible packaging, wine & spirits and all those parallel markets where the offset combined technology is required.

“The newborn OMET machine Varyflex V4, dedicated to flexible packaging but also to the IML, shrink sleeves and folding carton segments – Speri explains – was conceived to optimize start-up waste and minimize emissions. The hybrid press XFlex X6 with offset/flexo combination allows to take advantage of all the peculiarities of both offset and flexo technologies, in particular for wine & spirits labels and for high quality printing on special substrates such as laid paper and plastic materials”.

Roberto Speri, who joined OMET in 2019, has a long professional career in the label printing industry and a consolidated managerial experience in the customer service and after sales departments.

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OMET is a leading worldwide manufacturer in the narrow and mid web industry, supplying the market with flexographic and combination printing presses for self-adhesive labels, 
folding carton and flexible packaging applications. Besides the great experience in UV, SB 
and WB flexo technology, OMET range of printing disciplines includes also rotogravure, 
rotary-screen, offset, digital and foiling. The quality and reaction time of OMET customer 
service is well known to our customers, whether concerning the supply of spare parts, engineers, retrofit and consulting activity.

OMET is a leading worldwide manufacturer of a complete range of converting machines.
In the Tissue Converting market, OMET became the technology benchmark leader with a long list of revolutionary innovations which fostered the development and distribution of napkins and other disposable products in everyday life. OMET Tissue Converting machines are installed worldwide and well appreciated thanks to quality, solidity, durability and after-sales customer service, available 24/7. OMET lines are always configured on the customer’s requests and serve all the suppliers of away from home channel, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and industrial sectors.

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Foundation 1963