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Flexographic printing is an ideal solution for customers who need a quick turnaround for medium to large print runs, up to about 50,000 meters of printed material. Compared to lithographic printing, advantages of flexo include faster startup time, reduced waste and the ability to print a wide variety of inks on nearly any substrate – from thin, nonporous plastics to metal films, corrugated paperboard and more.

Direct Drive for Throughput and Quality

The challenge for flexographic printing has always been to achieve quality and throughput comparable to lithography without making the process prohibitively expensive. Anilox rollers and plate cylinders must move in perfect synchronization to ensure consistent results. That’s why printing machine OEMs are replacing bull gear and motor/gearbox driven systems with Kollmorgen direct drive technology that eliminates inaccuracies due to gear backlash, wear and compliance.

Better Motion Means a More Profitable Machine

Direct drive provides perfectly synchronized motion that’s 20 times more accurate than a geared servo system, so the press can run faster, with no loss of quality. Direct drive also minimizes setup time and eliminates the need to periodically re-tune the transmission to compensate for worn gears. Faster, higher-quality printing with less downtime, maintenance and waste: It all adds up to a more profitable printing press.

Optimized Solutions, End to End

Flexo printing requires precise tension, motion control and synchronization across the entire machine from the unwind to the rewind roller. Our whole-system approach includes an integrated development environment for machine automation, motion control, I/O and HMI – speeding your time to market through graphical programming and real-time analysis. And with our unique co-engineering capabilities, you always have access to the motion solutions and expertise you need to truly differentiate your machine from the competition.

KAS components in machine

Kollmorgen Automation Suite™ Overview >

Kollmorgen Automation Suite (KAS) includes all the software and hardware you need to bring truly differentiated, high-performance machines to market faster. KAS has been proven to measurably accelerate development, increase throughput, minimize scrap and maximize overall equipment effectiveness.

AKD Servo Drive >

AKD® Series is a proven perfomer, supporting the largest customer installed base, and offers:

  • Industry leading motion control loops
  • Extensive motor feedback and drive fieldbus support including EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Profinet RT, etc.
  • Plug-and-play with Kollmorgen motors
  • WorkBench GUI, acclaimed for customer experience and usability

AKD-N Decentralized Servo Drive >

The AKD-N decentralized servo drive reduces cabinet space and opens the way to a smarter machine automation with 80% less cabling. Typical applications for the AKD-N are packaging machines and production machines in food and beverage industry.

  • IP67 drives can be mounted to machine, outside the control panel
  • Reduced cabling because DC, network, power supply, I/O level as well as safety (STO) run in one cable
  • More flexibility in machine design, can be “cold plate” mounted
Housed DDR Medium

Housed D & DH >

Housed DDR servomotors offer high torque density, precise performance and zero maintenance in an easily installed servo solution.

KBM Series Frameless

KBM Series Frameless >

The KBM series offers high performance, long life, simple installation in a motor kit that can be embedded directly in your mechanical design. A huge selection of standard motors and cost-effective modifications ensure a perfect fit.

Cartridge Direct Drive Motors - Kolmorgen

Cartridge DDR® >

Our exclusive Cartridge DDR® servomotors combine the performance advantages of a frameless motor with the ease of installation of a full-frame motor. The advanced electromagnetic design provides up to 50 percent more torque density than comparably sized conventional servo motors.

Explosion Proof

Explosion Proof Motors >

Explosion-proof versions of motors are designed to minimize the risk of explosion, and to contain any internal  explosion that may occur without allowing it to propagate to the outside environment.