Van Dam Machine’s FDoR® printing on conical shapes requires specially designed CRXpatent pending technology

Presented to you by Van Dam Machine and Apex

Van Dam Machine’s new FDoR® technology allows for Flexo printing Direct onto Rigid packaging.

This technology is designed by Van Dam Machine to compete with label and IML decoration techniques. The new FDoR® technology enables images and designs to be printed with photographic quality, This quality is achieved at a substantially lower cost price level and a much improved environmental footprint.

FDoR® is flexographic printing whereby the required process colors are collected wet in wet on the blanket first as a complete picture before transferring the ink to the rigid product.

Van Dam Machine partnered with Apex for its reputation for innovation and its state of the art anilox technology, Van Dam manufactures two variants of Flexo presses for the cup market:

A – FDoR® machines are based on cylindrical plate cylinders and anilox. This press has seen a quality and consistency improvement when printing with Apex’s GTT2.0® engraving technology which is now the approved engraving

B – FlexoCon technology which is a Conical roller design

Knowing that conical products are the most common rigid packaging products available, Van Dam Machine designed the FlexoCon, which is also making use of the FDoR® technology.  The FlexoCon allows for distortion-free printing on conical products. Printing conically and therefore distortion-free has two advantages. It will result in an absolute copy of a label printed on conical shapes. Moreover, it allows for printing on paper and molded fiber products, because the surface is printed without friction. For transferring the ink, the color heads need to be conical including the anilox rolls.


GTT2.0® technology is an open cell structure anilox engraving for cylindrical aniloxes. Now Apex and Van Dam developed together with a new engraving structure that uses the technology GTT and fuses it with a unique algorithm to produce a technological breakthrough in anilox structure that enables the production of conical aniloxes. This newly designed engraving technology is called CRXpatent pending.

A conical anilox can only hold an engraving pattern that is not based on axial barriers. Axial barriers will comprise the conical function of the roller. A fusion of engravings was required to create a  structure in the radial direction on the anilox surface. Apex and Van Dam developed this gravure to hold and transfer inks, to limit leakage and optimize the ink layer.

To accommodate for the conical shape, the engraving design of the anilox rolls is compensated to ensure that the engraving pattern remains continuous. In addition, the engraving pattern may not be isolated meaning the engraving technique requires to be a unique interlinked design. Utilizing the Patent laser engraving technology GTT, which allows any air to flow out of the channels prior to when they enter the doctor chamber for ink replenishment, and thus reduces entrapment of air. Such defined control of the flow of liquid and air is essential to deliver a consistent ink transfer.

The challenge is to create an engraving that provided a consistent ink flow on :

1 – A conical shape

2 –A  press that has each inking unit set at a different Angle to vertical

The engraving has to compensate for the different unit angle and the conical shape allowing the Ink to flow consistently across the anilox surface like in a maze, Too open a channel will result in ink leakage and inconsistent color from top to bottom of the cup, A closed engraving will result in other print issues including shade variation through speeds.

The engraving pattern is laser engraved using a fusion of GTT technology with a uniquely designed algorithm to ensure the repeatability and quality of ink transfer

The new engraving Technology CRX is available in seven types XXS , XS , S , M , L , XL , XXL each size increasing in volume based on a fixed optimum geometry.

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