Apex C-40 series stick printers are adaptable to suit a wide variety of specialist printing and decorating applications. The flexible design characteristics enable the machines to have scope for size adjustments to allow a variety of product diameters and lengths to be printed. The C-40 can be supplied with a variety of print technologies ranging from dry offset and gravure, to hot foil applications or specialist coatings.
The C-40 is a complete semi-automatic printing system that includes a feed station, pre-treat station (if required), print station, UV drying station, and eject station all in one small footprint.
This machine is designed for parts to be manually loaded into a hopper from where the sticks are singulated and fed into the transport dial. Following the loading section is an optional Gas Flame or Corona pre-treatment section (for plastic sticks) where the part is rotated and the circumference is pre-treated prior to its entrance into the print station. Following the pre-treatment is the print section, where colors and graphics are added to the part. Next, the part moves into a UV curing section where the part is rotated and the circumference is exposed to the UV light source until the ink is "cured" and dry. Finally, the part is ejected onto an exit conveyor.
The C-40 stick printer can be supplied to run at speeds of around 1800 to 2000 parts per minute for paper sticks, or at slightly lower operating speeds for plastic sticks where pre-treat and drying operations require longer handling times.
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