GSE has redesigned its Colorsat ink dispensing systems for special brand colours, with features that allow efficient management of base ingredients when changes in formulations or new ink sets are needed. The improved, modular design accommodates a range of conditioning equipment for flow optimization, in addition to easily exchangeable ink ingredients.
This means packaging printers can adapt the ink kitchen to changes in spot colour recipes, that are necessary because of supply chain shortages or rising operating costs – without disruption.
Redesigned Colorsat dispensing system for changing ink needs
The company’s Colorsat ink dispensing systems feature a redesigned lightweight, slim frame for base components. This provides more space for pumps, agitators and heaters, in order to optimally maintain sensitive inks that are connected to the dispenser.
Maarten Hummelen, marketing director, GSE, comments: “The improved modular design of the Colorsat dispenser backbone enables printers to adapt the ink kitchen to meet changing requirements, such as reformulations or a transition to a new ink set, with minimal disruption.”
Additionally, ink pumps are located separately from the base ink containers. This enables easier container exchange, ideal for traceability purposes. It also allows the choice of larger ½” or ¾” pumps for pumping and circulating high-viscosity inks or larger volumes. Complementing the enhancement to the dispensing program are new optional wireless and QR code scanners for convenient booking in base inks from the ink manufacturer as well as inks returning from the press.
GSE’s program of automated Colorsat ink dispensers cut out waste, errors and delay in colour preparation – potentially cutting ink consumption by up to 30%. They are tailored to volume and application needs, and are available for UV, LED-UV, low-migration, water-based and solvent ink sets, and flexo, gravure and screen processes.
Maarten Hummelen says: “In the face of rising raw material prices, political instability and disrupted supply chains, it is paramount that label and packaging converters make internal processes as efficient and flexible as possible. GSE’s modular ink dispensing and software solutions address these challenges, stamping out waste and delay through automating processes – leading to reduced ink consumption and more production time.
“Ink logistics can contribute to protecting profit margins and maintaining competitive edge in uncertain times,” he adds.