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Esko is to launch two new additions to its Kongsberg cutting table range at Drupa alongside a new flexo platemaking system and a software update.

All the new products are designed to have as much automation as possible, so they can be used by a less skilled workforce.

The new 1.68x1.27m Kongsberg X20 cutter runs at up to 50m a minute while the 1.68mx3.22m C24 can operate twice as fast. They feature automatic tool adjustment for fast job changeover. The Kongsberg X can also be upgraded to add more cutting, creasing and milling tools as business needs develop.

The Kongsberg C24 is aimed more at short-run production, building on the existing Kongsberg C line, which has been extended with smaller table sizes. Also launching are the CDI Crystal 5080 and the CDI Crystal 5080XPS platemaking system, which are designed to fit together “like Lego bricks” and combine plate imaging and UV exposure into one system.

The company said that this dramatically simplifies platemaking, cuts the number of manual handling steps by 50% compared to similar technology, and slashes the time taken to produce a plate by 70%. These are both 1.27mx2m and take a plate thicknesses of up to 7.35mm.

   Esko is teaming up with X-Rite, Pantone and Enfocus in Hall 8B at Drupa, in Dusseldorf from 31 March to 10 June, under the banner ‘Packaging Simplified’ to show how the brands work together for the lifecycle of a product.