The latest in printing technology, the FL-3 flexographic printing press from Edale is now in production, with thanks to Drive Lines Technologies Ltd.

Drive Lines Technologies Ltd, UK distributor of power transmissions solutions, were approached by Hampshire-based Edale  to help develop a precision drive solution for their new FL-3 flexo press.

Edale’s new FL-3 is a high productivity, cost efficient quality label and packaging printing system. The new press has a number of improvements in print roller positioning and crucially it has superbly accurate print registers for multi-colour printing.

Working with experienced senior design engineer Glen Whittington of Edale, the design needed compact, efficient, high torque spiral bevel gearboxes and line shafts, whilst the accumulative backlash in the drive train had to be kept to a minimum to ensure print quality.

Matt Jones, Sales Engineer for Drive Lines, came up with a solution which achieved Edale’s high specification and service requirements at a reasonable cost, so that Edale did not need to pass a higher cost on to their customers.

‘Not only did Matt help with the selection, Drivelines provided 3D models of all the parts allowing me to lay in all the components as a complete drive kit of part numbers’ says Glen.

Further machine components including linear guides were sourced from Drive Lines and enabled a package of parts for each machine. Three machines are already in production, to be built before January 2013 with more in the pipeline for 2013 and beyond.

‘Being able to order from a single supplier enabled Edale better pricing, delivery and control over the machine components and machine builds’ said Saul Mockus, supply chain manager at Edale

Edale are UK based manufacturers of narrow web printing presses and converting machinery designing and manufacturing all equipment from their purpose built Head Office in Whiteley, Hampshire They had previous experience with Drive Lines who specified components on other machines within their range.

Drive Lines are UK agents for quality manufactures of screw jacks, couplings, gearboxes, linear guidance, linear actuators and more.

Edale will be holding various FL-3 Open Days from 10 December 2012 – for further information or if you would be interested in coming in for a viewing then please contact, or for further information please visit

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