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New servo print systems offer real advantages for Bottle Printers


PHOTO: Servo boosted print – Richard Irwin of Bottle Printers with one of the new automated lines at the company’s plant in Kyalami. The machines, from one of China’s internationally rated printer manufacturers, make extensive use of servo motors with improved PLC technology and achieve easier and faster operation; this is the smaller of the two new systems

BOTTLE Printers of Johannesburg, which has gone national following the opening of a new plant in Cape Town recently, has increased both capacity and abilities with the commissioning of two servo-driven printers.

The new lines, from China, have been installed at the Bottle Printers plant in Kyalami, part of a substantial investment by the company. The systems can print on a wide variety of plastic or glass containers, including virtually any shape of container, in a single print operation. Specific advantages include automatic loading of containers, servo pre-registration as well as automated UV curing.

The printers’ PLC systems memorize settings for different containers, so job changeovers are quicker and totally predictable, which is a particular need as Bottle Printers is running a wide variety of containers, often with relatively short production runs.

The machines print four colours plus white and can print as many as 60 cylindrical containers a minute, and slightly less for oval and square bottles, and print containers up to 250mm long by 100mm diameter.

According to Richard Irwin, marketing manager for Bottle Printers, the commissioning process went smoothly and the lines have been in full operation since shortly after arrival.

  • Established in 1991, as a garage-based operation with two staff members and a single machine, Bottle Printers has grown to the point where it is now one of South Africa’s top printers for cosmetic and beverage containers as well as a wide range of promotional goods. The company operates two sites in Johannesburg, a glass printing and coating operation in Bramley View and the plastic bottle printing plant in Midrand, besides its new factory in Epping, Cape Town.