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Current situation and Prospect of domestic gravure printing equipment (II)

III. Development Trend of domestic gravure printing equipment

the future development of domestic gravure printing machine depends not only on technology, but also on development strategy

all gravure machine manufacturers need and will have to relocate. Most gravure machine manufacturers are private enterprises, and many enterprises are satisfied with the current "marketable and profitable". How many domestic gravure machine manufacturers can survive for a long time? How many can survive for 20, 50 or 100 years

I have repeatedly suggested on different occasions that domestic gravure machine manufacturing enterprises with vision should quickly achieve five major changes:

● change of development goals. From catching up with the advanced level in Asia (mainly Japan) to catching up with the advanced level in the world (mainly Europe), and strive to become an international manufacturer

● change of competitive strategy. From mutual competition among domestic peers to competition with foreign rivals (reduce "fighting in the dark"), from competition with Asian rivals to preparation for competition with European rivals, and improve yourself in the competition with strong players

● change of market focus. From all domestic markets to both domestic and foreign markets, through the export of product technology and the internationalization of the market, to achieve the improvement of quality and efficiency

● change of sales mode. Service will become a more important factor in the future (at least as important as quality and price). Therefore, while sales are internationalized, services should also be internationalized to realize the integration of service and sales

● change of development concept. International gravure printing machines pursue far more than high-speed and multicolor (high-speed gravure printing machines are not equal to high-end gravure printing machines, and high-speed is only a feature of high-end gravure printing machines). More importantly, it will lead to equipment rust: short version, humanization and environmental protection in product design concept; Personalization, modularization and intellectualization of product structure

domestic gravure machine manufacturers with vision have begun to make effective strategic and tactical adjustments, making effective preparations for domestic enterprises to move towards internationalization

although the development speed will be affected by various factors, we believe that the technology of domestic gravure printing machine will develop rapidly, and will mainly show the following eight trends:

1. Take the electronic shaft drive as the technical platform to realize the comprehensive upgrading of gravure printing machine

electronic shaft transmission will still be the most important technical development direction of domestic gravure printing machines in the next few years, and electronic shaft transmission will be used in gravure printing machines for various purposes

at present, the electronic shaft transmission and registration system are mainly from Japan. 4) the oil absorption and plastic resin absorption of products are small and European, but they can only be used on a small number of domestic gravure printing machines. The development of domestic system will be the key to the comprehensive upgrading of domestic gravure printing machines. We can expect optimistically that the domestic electronic shaft drive and registration system will be put into use in the next two to three years, and there will be a situation of coexistence of domestic, Japanese and European systems at that time

2. The proportion of large format printing machines will continue to increase

first, decorative printing (mainly wood grain paper printing) and carton pre printing are growing rapidly. Second, the width of flexible packaging gravure printing machines is also increasing, and the number of large format gravure printing machines (including width and printing repetition length) will increase rapidly. All these have put forward new requirements for machine design, structure, assembly and other aspects. Many design concepts of the original gravure press must be changed accordingly

3. Gravure printing machines suitable for water-based ink printing will be more widely used

due to environmental protection and health reasons, gravure water-based inks and varnish will be more and more popular, requiring systematic improvement in the structure, materials, functions and other aspects of gravure printing machines

4. the proportion of paper gravure printing machines will increase rapidly, and will first promote technological progress

gravure printing of paper products and paper-based composites (superior performance of wood grain paper, cigarette labels, sterile packaging, gift wrapping paper, etc.) will be a branch with the fastest growth, and the corresponding gravure printing machine will also be more complex. For example, it is generally necessary to use pre press devices such as flattening, dust removal, pretreatment, sometimes "zero speed docking" and other mechanisms, and often ESA devices, which are not available in common soft packaging gravure printing machines

5. The machine configuration will be more complex and personalized. Wiring processing will be more diversified, such as UV glazing, die cutting, cross cutting, soft label cutting, etc., so correspondingly, gravure machine management system and remote technical support system will be adopted more and more

6. Modularization will become the basic method of design and manufacturing. As the specifications, functions and configurations become more and more complex, the so-called standard models that used to be determined by the manufacturer in advance, such as width, number of color decks, diameter of unwinding and rewinding, and drying heat source, will no longer exist. In order to meet the needs of personalization, all parts from unwinding, printing, wire processing, winding and so on will be modularized. The most important part will be gravure printing trolley or gravure printing trolley. After years of experience accumulation and continuous breakthroughs in technical research and development, printing and flexo printing interchange trolley

7. more international (foreign) standards will be adopted and certification at home and abroad will be passed. European standards, through the necessary certification, such as CE certification, in order to smoothly enter the international market. More exports and more foreign printing companies entering China will put forward more and stricter requirements for domestic gravure printing machines

8. Gravure machine manufacturers will develop more closely and harmoniously with supporting manufacturers. The key components and systems of gravure press will develop in two different directions: one is to adopt more imported components; The other direction is continuous localization. More joint venture and sole proprietorship products can be used: such as sleeve type embossing cylinder, inflatable shaft, etc. For high-end users and export gravure printing machines, the proportion of European products will be greatly increased. There will be more European products such as register control system and ESA. These will effectively promote the common progress of gravure machine manufacturers and supporting manufacturers

source: PRINT world

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