If it takes money to make money Graphic Packaging should remain in the black. The flexible packaging converter has invested $9 million in an unusual new press and expanded facilities at its Franklin OH plant to gain a competitive edge. Its new 10-station Rotoflexo 3000 press from Rotomec America (West Hartford CT) is the first of its kind in use in the U.S. It was custom engineered by Rotomec and Graphic Packaging personnel at Rotomec SpA in San Giorgio Monferrato Italy. Following months of assembly and testing production began last February. What makes the press so unusual? "We can in-line laminate apply specialty coatings with 100-percent or in-register spot coverage and combine rotogravure and flexographic printing in one pass with consistent quality control" says Donald James marketing manager for Wayne PA-based GP's Flexible Packaging Div. All this at speeds exceeding 1'/min. Each printing station on the Rotoflexo includes a trolley system equipped with integral ink feed and recovery to permit preparation of inks trays and cylinders off-line while another job is running. Graphic Packaging can prepare the trolley with cylinders for either flexographic or gravure printing. The push of a button on a station control module activates an automatic loading station. Pneumatic arms extend to the trolley then retract to position the trolley to the frame. Locking devices on the machine's gear side engage securing the cylinder. This automatic process speeds clean-up and changeover times.