FMN | July 22nd, 2019

Flexo Wash Introduces New Plate Washer

Founded by Maria Nieves in 1997 in Corozal, some 25 miles from the island’s capital San Juan, Alco has grown from its original investment of $1.5 million and 22 people to be the island’s leading manufacturer of flexible packaging, all produced under the guidance of the FDA’s ‘Good Manufacturing Practices’. Products produced include printed and laminated bags, films, stand-up pouches, zip lock products, and more recent- ly flexo printed labels. The majority of the company’s output is for local consumption, but a growing export business sees Alco products finding markets as far away as Spain and In- dia, as well as more locally in the United States, Do- minican Republic and Mexico. But fundamental to all the packaging is the company’s capacity for extrusion, with currently seven lines in operation from a variety of manufacturers, reportedly making it the largest ex- truder on the island. The company’s first Vetaphone order was for a two-sided 1.4m wide VE2B-A Corona system. In Febru- ary 2019, a second Vetaphone Corona system was in- stalled.Today,Alco High-Tech Plastics employs 90 staff and occupies a 70,000-square-foot property, which de- livers sales of $12 million to more than 300 different customers. Markets supplied include pharmaceutical and general packaging, as well as food and beverage.

Flexo Wash has introduced the latest addition to its family of Plate Washers: The PW 62. This new Plate Washer cleans plates up to a maximum plate width of 24 inches (620 mm). This new mid-size Plate Washer reportedly answers a growing need for many printers who are moving from narrow web printing toward mid-web printing. A distinguishing feature of all FlexoWash PlateWash- ers is its inlet conveyor belt,which is said to streamline the loading of plates into the cleaning system, thereby allowing the press operator to work on other matters. As with all Flexo Wash Plate Washers, there is an op- tion to buy an UnloadingTable as well,which provides the freshly-cleaned plate a home until it can be loaded back into the press. Alco Turns To Vetaphone Technology When Puerto Rican converter Alco High-Tech Plas- tics needed a new Corona system for the extrusion side of its business in 2018, it turned to Danish manu- facturer Vetaphone. Three months on, it added a sec- ond Vetaphone system.

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