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

Via Caduti Lecchesi a Fossoli, 22, 23900 Lecco
Italy
Telephone +39 0341 282661
Fax +39 0341 363731
omet-m@omet.it

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Marco Calcagni

Sales & Marketing Director

Phone
+39 335 6201975

Email
calc@omet.it

Paolo Grasso

Head of Sales for Label & Packaging printing division

Phone
+39 335 639 9992

Email
paolo.grasso@omet.it

Claudio Piredda

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

Phone
+39 345 276 4983

Email
claudio.piredda@omet.it

Tatyana Gaponova

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

Phone
+39 335 683 7227

Email
tatyana.gaponova@omet.it

Andrea Angeli

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

Phone
+39 366 766 0389

Email
andrea.angeli@omet.it

Sergio Villa

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

Phone
+39 335 777 4515

Email
sergio.villa@omet.it

Roberto Speri

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

Phone
+39 335 832 2026

Email
roberto.speri@omet.it

Andrea Ciro Campani

Sales Area Manager - Label & Packaging Printing Division

Phone
+39 335 620 1968

Email
andrea.campani@omet.it

Claudio Semenza

Sales Area Manager - Tissue Converting Division

Phone
+39 347 151 3960

Email
claudio.semenza@omet.it

Marco Gallo

Sales Area Manager - Tissue Converting Division

Phone
+39 342 532 6673

Email
marco.gallo@omet.it

Yuriy Gordyy

Sales Area Manager - Tissue Converting Division

Phone
+39 335 683 7229

Email
yuriy.gordyy@omet.it

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Our range of products

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

  • 01  prepress / print
  • 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

iFLEX

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.

iFlex. THE LABEL PRESS

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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

IMPROVING PERFECTION
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

PRINTING THE BEST QUALITY EVER

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

XJet

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 Ho.re.ca 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 ho.re.ca 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

AUTOMATIC INTERFOLDING MACHINE

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.

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

CONFIGURATIONS
in-line
mirror
90 degrees

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Product category: Printing machines for label printing

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Company news

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16 Apr 2021

OMET presents another innovation: antimicrobial napkins are arriving!

Minimum product degradation, discoloration, staining or odors for napkins produced by OMET machines, thanks to an innovative solution that inhibits the growth of unwanted microbes. The latest investments in OMET research and innovation have led to the development of an integrated solution allowing the production of antimicrobial napkins and tablecloths, supported by laboratory tests.

The new application entirely developed by OMET allows the production of napkins, placemats as well as antimicrobial towels thanks to the addition of an antimicrobial additive that continually reduces microbial growth without altering the performance in terms of absorption and softness.

The treatment is applicable to any polymer, fabric or paper and has no harmful effects since it is based on the use of silver ions. This technology remains active throughout the entire life of the napkin preventing the microbes from growing and multiplying as this may cause product degradation, possible color loss as well as the appearance of spots or unpleasant odors.

Therefore, the OMET solution, fully integrated into the converting line, guarantees durable product protection, preventing the growth of different types of microbes, including various fungi and mold. It is suitable for all types of tissue products (interleaved and not: napkins, placemats, towels, facial tissue and so on).

The solution is already available for the market and is also applicable to OMET machines already installed.

Antimicrobial technology does not protect the user or others against disease causing organisms and is not a substitute for good hygiene and/or cleaning practices.

For more information you can contact OMET directly using the email comm@omet.it; for USA/Canada write to sales@ometamericasinc.com.

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16 Apr 2021

Speed and efficiency for the Spare Parts Department: the last frontier of OMET Customer care

OMET Spare Parts Department was born within the “Customer First” project, sign of OMET’s commitment for customer care: it’s a dedicated service for supplying original spare parts, also for OMET older lines. The declared goal is the speed in satisfying any request, in order to ensure top production performances to OMET clients.

OMET has long been committed in customer care with the goal of an interactive and real-time assistance, by increasing the precision of diagnostics and implementing a digitalized value chain. The most recent step in this direction is the creation of a Spare Parts Department, activated a few months ago and already highly appreciated by the market for the efficiency and speed of its services, as emerged from some recent surveys.

“Our goal is to ensure our customers’ productivity always at the highest level – says Marco Pagani, OMET Spare Parts Department Manager -. With this aim we created a specific warehouse for the supply of spare parts and we guarantee express shipments the same day we receive the request. Also taking advantage of the work of our foreign branches, we work every day to get the right spare part, in the right place, at the right time”.

The service is based on a structure that has recently took advantage of a new Extended Warehouse Management system, to maximize the efficiency of the warehouse activities. A further digitalization of the service is planned for the near future, obviously in addition to direct contact and visits to our customers’ facilities by the OMET Customer Care operators.

“Reliability is one of the pillars on which OMET has built its reputation – explains Marco Calcagni, OMET Sales & Marketing Director -. We make increasing investments in customer care and in active policies towards customers, because market satisfaction is our priority: our machines and our services must bring efficiency, productivity and profit to the customer’s home”.

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31 Mar 2021

Looking beyond 2020: turning difficulties into unexpected goals

“The general difficulty has therefore generated valuable opportunities that we have been able to seize, such as the introduction and use of tools that simplify several activities and reduce distances”. Looking beyond the emergency, here we share some thoughts about this difficult 2020 by OMET President Antonio Bartesaghi.

Over this time of emergency, OMET had to face the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic like any other company. Once again, all OMET staff have shown the maximum responsibility in finding the best solutions to continue working and being proactive, even with procedures completely different than in the past.
Our products are included in the “essential” categories defined by the Government, so OMET has always worked even during the lockdown, with most of the staff in smart working. Thanks to its IT facilities, all employees were able to connect from their homes to company servers with an absolutely optimal and effective connection, comparable to that available in our offices. This was true also for the R&D and technical departments who have to work on 3D models and need an extremely high speed of connection for processing. For us, this was a further proof of the very high technological structure we had: we took great advantage from this, and our team was able to continue working efficiently anytime. All our collaborators showed immediately great attention and sensitivity to the difficulties due to the ongoing emergency.
We enabled systems that allowed customers to attend demos and know our machines remotely, with high-level videoconference tools. We have even been able to install machines around the world by working remotely, by guiding customers’ technicians, step by step, through all the necessary operations until the machine is started. It was the same for training. It was an incredible milestone: before the pandemic, nobody would have imagined of being able to install complex machines like ours without traveling.
The general difficulty has therefore generated valuable opportunities that we have been able to seize, such as the introduction and use of tools that simplify several activities and reduce distances.
I believe it is important to specify that OMET has not slowed down any investment over the past months. Despite the emergency and the market uncertainties, we continued all the planned investments: internal ones like designing new products and technologies, and external ones like improving our organization and logistics, including the construction of the new plant in which OMET will transfer a business unit early next year.
OMET has continued to believe in the importance of investing even in difficult times: OMET is, and remains, a solid company with a good prospect of growth for the next few years: we move forward, with new products, new ideas and new technologies, and with investments aimed at improving our efficiency.

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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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31 Mar 2021

Marco Calcagni: investments and positivity, a duty of any entrepreneur

Recently, strong changes have affected the market and the companies. The way of working, the needs of customers, the approach to suppliers have radically changed. People travel less, and meetings are mostly virtual: at first, everything seemed difficult, but the result is greater efficiency and greater speed in communication and problem solving.

The effects of this “revolution” on the OMET group depend on many factors like reference markets and the geographical areas differently influenced by Covid-19: OMET works for different industries, all over the world, both with the packaging and tissue divisions.
Packaging, in general, has not suffered any decline: it has remained stable with some increases in the food sector. It was forbidden to go to restaurants or on cruises, but people have not stopped eating, so they turned to supermarkets buying packaged goods and producing an increase their demand. This didn’t immediately become an increase in the investment market, where OMET operates, but it balanced the fear of the future which was its main brake.
Tissue, mainly depending on food service industries, has a different situation. Several clients have suffered and postponed investments. However, there has been a growth in the hygiene/cleaning sector: OMET’s luck and ability to configure its machines to produce masks and non-woven products for the medical and pharmaceutical sectors has allowed the production flow to continue in a rather stable way. With the hope that the virus will disappear in a short time, currently it is interesting for our customers to invest in machines that can produce both masks and napkins as needed.
Right now, the key to everything is looking over the contingent emergency with a strong vision: a praise goes to the many forward-looking entrepreneurs who continue to invest, and to the governments that encourage the restart of the economies. A positive vision is essential for the future of the economy and the new generations: we cannot leave debts to our children. It is a specific duty of any entrepreneur to give the economy a boost with strength and positivity.

 

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31 Mar 2021

Eti.Vibra: quality and efficiency, a breakthrough with the OMET iFlex

Flexible, fast and easy to use: the OMET iFLEX 370 installed by Eti.Vibra in 2016 and recently replaced with a new one, has allowed the Italian company to grow in terms of production and, above all, efficiency. The increased production capacity, product quality and customer care allowed the company to stand as a leader in the Southern Italy label market. “An investment that we should have made before” says the owner Vincenzo Brancaccio in this interview.

Mr. Brancaccio, please tell us the story of your company.
Eti.Vibra was born in 1989 by the will of my father Renato, who had worked in the paper industry since the 1950s with a typography in Naples, Dome Street, founded with his brothers: they produced boxes and cartons. I remember that, at the age of 6, after school I went to the typography to print envelopes for the Court of Naples: I enjoyed to move pedals like Italian actor Totò in a famous movie. My work started as a hobby: I have always liked it and for me it’s first of all a matter of passion.

How and when did you open your own company?
After graduating, I studied at the university but I interrupted it after a few years. In 1989 I started my own label factory, mainly supplying the customers of my father’s company.

Do you remember the first labels you produced?
Amarelli, the famous Calabrian liquorice, a long-standing customer of my father’s typography. They were my first labels: the guarantee sticker to close the box and the ingredients label. Then we opened up to various sectors, following my father’s footprints.

Did your company grow much from the beginning?
We are not much bigger today. But we have more equipment and a wider portfolio. We started with two Honda printing lines, then replaced with two semi-rotary machines and in 2016 we introduced the first OMET iFlex. Recently, thanks to the precious collaboration of the esteemed Andrea Campani, OMET sales manager, who took care of the negotiation in detail, we purchased a new iFlex enriched with various options: 8 colors, screen printing unit, sheeting station to print also cardboard, double die-cutting station. All these improvements will allow us to satisfy new market requests.

For which productions do you use the OMET iFlex? How much of the total production does it serve?
At the moment we use it for the 70% of our production. It is very easy to use, I’d say almost “funny”: I also work on it personally. We use the OMET line for all the new productions. We still have the semi-rotary machines but we only use them for repeated jobs. It’s not worth to put them into operation for new jobs, the iFlex is much faster to prepare and to use. Its innovative and advanced printing techniques allows excellent printing results: now we can respond to an increasingly demanding market that requires high quality products with just-in-time deliveries.

So you can deal with larger runs?
Absolutely: if I knew it, I would have bought an OMET before. The features I appreciate the most are the easy set up and the intuitive use. The iFlex is easy to use but highly technological, and it always works well and smoothly. If the machine is well done, it is much easier to work on it. A very talented OMET operator managed the installation, I want to openly thank him: his name is Francesco Ghisleni, he is only 23 years old but he directed a team of about ten people in disassembling the old machine and assembling the new one with admirable precision, seriousness and order.

How did you choose to invest in the OMET brand?
First of all, in my opinion your stand was always the number one at the fairs: I never failed to visit it. I met OMET in the years ‘93-‘94 thanks to your past area manager, who became a friend. Back then, however, we were afraid to invest in a press like OMET’s because we were convinced that its capacity was requiring large volumes. But it isn’t: it is a very flexible press, it can handle short runs of one hundred thousand pieces, or even less, with the maximum effectiveness. Looking back, I regret not having taken it sooner: I would have saved the money invested in the semi-rotary machines and would have gained in efficiency. If in the future I will have to make an investment, I will certainly choose another OMET: I am really satisfied with both its use and its results.

Have you had the opportunity to experience OMET’s customer care?
With the first OMET machine it happened to replace some parts, small things, but we were absolutely satisfied with the assistance. Problems can arise when you use equipment, but the important is to solve them: OMET always gave us fast and competent answers: we are very satisfied.

Was the OMET machine decisive in expanding your portfolio?
Yes, we have expanded our portfolio and thanks to the flexibility of the OMET machine we have managed well the difficult period we are going through for the pandemic. In general, this line has improved our lives: before having it, we always had to run to deliver on time, while now we are much faster and much more precise, thanks to the iFlex. Before, we had to work on Saturdays, now there is no longer this need because the OMET line is easy, speed and produces many different jobs with excellent timing.

Did the pandemic affect your business?
It depends a lot on the output sectors. Some of them, such as those related to events and ceremonies (sugared almonds factories, for example, are among our clients) completely stopped and the worse thing is they can’t make predictions for the future. The food and the detergents industries, on the other hand, experienced a significant increase. Among our customers there are also McDonald’s or Autogrill suppliers, who have suffered a severe crisis because of the block of tourism and restaurants. After all, we can say we break even; the crisis is closely linked to the kind of sector.

Do you only sell on the domestic market or also abroad?
We operate only in Italy, mainly in the South regions like Campania and Calabria. We supply various industries, with 3-4 customers for each. We follow them with dedication and precision. Having a few clients doesn’t mean to simplify the job: a winery alone, for example, can have various brands and even 30 kinds of labels. The same thing happens for cosmetics. It is already a considerable volume of work.

In the relationship with the customer, what are you focusing on? Do you offer additional services?
We offer customers a complete service. We want to follow them from the beginning to the end by creating a relationship of trust that lasts over time. Beyond the label, we can also provide graphics; we are not a specialized studio but we create ideas, images, labels that can go directly in production. At 99%, our customers accept the graphic proposal. From the first steps, we dedicate attention to the customer and take care for details; we focus on availability, speed of delivery, product quality and value for money.

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31 Mar 2021

Tissue Converting doesn’t stop and looks to the future

OMET Tissue Converting Business Unit, after a difficult 2020, in which however it never stopped, continues its path of innovation and looks to the future with new solutions, hoping that the ongoing global crisis can turn into renewal opportunities for the entire country and into new partnerships within the supply chain.

OMET Group, like many other companies, was partially affected by the 2020 health and economic crisis, but its production never stopped thanks to the ability to look ahead and promptly convert some lines. We talked about this and more with Marco Calcagni, OMET Sales and Marketing Director.

The conversion of some lines

Within OMET Tissue Business Unit, whose product portfolio includes four main lines of machines for the automatic production of disposable napkins, paper towels, non-woven products and placemats, the one that suffered the most was the napkin sector, strictly connected with the Ho.re.ca world. “Although the Tissue sector in general has not seen major recessions in 2020 – says Marco Calcagni – the napkin segment has suffered a significant drop in orders especially in the first Covid period. After that, we saw a recovery of the market lead by the companies more inclined to invest. Last year, given the difficulties of the period, we converted, through a particular application, the standard lines for napkin production, developing new equipment and units for non-woven fabric sector and related productions: first of all surgical masks, but also cleaning cloths, dust-catching cloths, floor cloths, wipes for hairdressers, and many other disposable products whose demand significantly increased during the most difficult months. In these sectors we have developed interesting projects and we are carrying them forward, with some deliveries already concluded at important paper groups, and others in progress”.

Among the most recent innovations
This isn’t the only front on which the company has been moving: OMET has never stopped investing on research.
“We have recently developed a new line, the MF line – explains Calcagni -. It’s also for napkins but with a different technology from our standard. We are specialists in mechanical folding, but this machine has been designed with an innovative vacuum/mechanical technology exclusively developed by OMET that allows the maximum flexibility in terms of folding options, from standard ¼ fold, to dispenser napkins, up to the fancier book fold.
This system can be configured in-line with the new Chameleon digital printing unit, which allows customization of folded tissue products without limits and with no need of direct intervention. That means: low ink consumption and change-over time and waste reduced to zero.  This is therefore also a very ecological solution, not needing waste disposal, such as inks or machine cleaning water, like the traditional flexo printing machines. It’s a future-oriented and sustainable solution, with the advantages of the digital printing technology. This new machine is called MF Line and is available in single or double lane configuration for small or medium run productions”.
And that’s not all. OMET has also developed new groups for high-production machines and is going to present a line for large volumes of napkins: “This machine can process directly the mother reel and the folding head is designed to match the desired napkin size with the available reel width – continues Calcagni -. It is certainly the most productive machine currently on the market and can produce up to 25,000 pieces per minute”.

Interfolded and new performances
As for the interfolded sector, that OMET has pushed strong in recent years, the company has increased the productivity of the ASV Line Tornado reaching performances up to 300 meters per minute, thus overcoming the speed of the standard line which had registered performances up to 200 meters per minute.
“The added value of these machines is precisely the speed – explains Calcagni – and therefore the productivity of the machine; if the finished product is sold in large volumes, the faster is the machine the less is the cost per unit, obviously without affecting the quality. Actually, thanks to new embossing systems, we are able to perfectly control the glue dosages and it is even possible to join the veils through water, avoiding any chemical component. Not only! We are able to guarantee high performance even on poorer in quality or recycled tissue papers, that usually require a complex converting process. Thanks to these new embossing groups we have managed to offer interesting performances for the whole market”.

Customer care
OMET offers many opportunities to its customers and partners, for example to test special prototypes.
“Before presenting a product on the market – says Calcagni- we always build a small prototype and perform various tests using the customers’ materials, to test the solution both at a technical and qualitative level to evaluate the process and the finished product: that’s what the customer is going to offer to the market”.
The company also provides its partners with remote support and training services such as seminars or specific courses. “We know that our customers need specific training, because of the ongoing generational change. Today machines are equipped with complex electronic devices, consistent with the Industry 4.0 requirements, and therefore operators must have new digital skills to understand the machines’ intelligence, to communicate with operational systems, to process statistics, to check the state of wear of mechanical components or engines for scheduled maintenance and so on. They have to be ready to intervene both locally or remotely. If the customer desires, OMET can intervene remotely, by controlling all the technical data of the machines, by guiding any intervention for preventive maintenance and by evaluating if the process is running at full capacity”.
OMET offers also individual customizations of the machines: all of them are modular, according to a philosophy that OMET has been pursuing for years. “We don’t have a standard machine – continues Calcagni – but machine models that can be configured according to the customer’s needs. Among customers, it is quite common to start with the basic model and then go on by adding groups and customizations according to individual requests. The market is rapidly evolving and folded products allow strong customizations, which the customer can request for the most diverse needs”.

Research & Development at the basis of innovation
Where does OMET’s ability to innovate by adapting itself to different production needs and different markets arise? Definitely in the Research & Development laboratories, where OMET employs numerous engineers, specifically dedicated to the development of new solutions.
“We heavily invest in Research & Development, it’s our core business – says our interlocutor -. During this 2021, more innovations will certainly come out, especially regarding interfolded napkins which could open up new markets, new possibilities, new applications, able to give a significant direction to future developments”.
But like the R&D departments, the company’s production lines also need young and trained personnel, engineers who are able to marry their digital skills, but also a new mentality in step with the times, with the specific experience of a sector – the paper industry – with consolidated characteristics and specific criticalities that can be learned on the field, through years of experience alongside “historical” technicians.

“We and our customers are heavily investing on the generational change and training new professionals able to combine tradition and modernity – explains Calcagni -. The new graduates are well-prepared, but there is a need to bring their academic knowledge into a complex and changing business practice”.

The need for new common goals
Finally, OMET and its management cannot miss a look at the sector that crosses the present and reaches the future, wishing to overcome old individualisms, no longer in step with the times. “I believe that 2020 has been the most difficult year since the company was born – affirms Marco Calcagni in conclusion – and I believe that difficult moments should teach us some lessons.
In my opinion, a learning that we must grasp today is that we must be more united, and create a network. Success and business don’t depend only on the right opportunities, but on projects, joint projects. We have to get out of the customer-supplier mentality and enter a partnership mentality, made of collaboration. Because ideas, development, innovations, solutions come only from the collaboration of the entire customer-supplier chain, subcontractors and technology suppliers, all pursuing the same goals. We must try to get out of an opportunistic, individualistic mentality and develop an industrial mentality. But this happens only with a partnership view. If this is the case, if we open up to these collaborations, our country can truly become a beacon, a world leader for paper, and for tissue in particular, which already have a strong technical and production capacity in Italy”.

Interview by Paola Tisi for INDUSTRIA DELLA CARTA magazine

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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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LABEL & PACKAGING PRINTING MACHINES
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.

TISSUE CONVERTING MACHINES
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