By DPS Staff
Part two of three
PRINT 19 featured a variety of products targeting digital print environments. Finishing was a large focus of the event, which took place in Chicago, IL from October 3 to 5, 2019. The last part, we highlighted print products demonstrated at the show. Here we feature some of the finishing technologies from the show floor.
American Ultraviolet featured its standard and custom UV coater solutions.
Autobond showcased its laminating, spot UV, and folding capabilities. The company continues to expand its technology and application range offering, which includes inkjet spot UV, foiling, roller coat UV, PSA magnet lamination, embossing, thin film laminating machines, and thick film encapsulation/edge-seal.
B&R Moll Inc. highlighted the Moll FlexCut Digital Rotary Die Cutter. The die cutter, folder, gluer creates a distinct position in the label, mail, printing, and packaging markets for sheet-fed applications. It also kiss cuts and cut-scores products in an infinite number of shapes and sizes including substrate thicknesses up to 24 pt paperboard. It’s ideal for finishing boxes, cartons, labels, pocket folders, and other types of packaging.
BlueCrest debuted the Epic Direct Mail System. Built on the Epic platform, the new Epic Direct Mail solution is a premier inserter designed for direct mailers. The multi-format system processes a range of applications, with speeds of up to 24,000 cycles per hour.
Brandtjen & Kluge demonstrated the latest advancements in die-cutting, foil stamping, embossing, and folding and gluing. The ApexFoil Automatic Platen Press and the Kluge OmniFold 3000 Automatic Folding and Gluing System were displayed.
C.P. Bourg showcased its full line of print finishing solutions, including perfect binding, sheet feeding, booklet making, and the new Bourg Preparation Module.
The Challenge Machinery Company highlighted the new Champ series of paper cutters, including the 15-inch Champ 150 and 18.5-inch Champ 185.
Colter & Peterson demonstrated three paper cutters from its PRISM and SABER lines. A 45-inch SABER S115 and 30-inch PRISM were featured as well as the new Challenge 305 full-cut clamp control system. An important differentiator for Colter & Peterson is the company’s Microcut electronics technology, which allows users to improve productivity with cutting software through an intuitive user interface.
Duplo USA Corporation partnered with EFI and Ricoh to produce high value, embellished applications from start-to-finish live in the booth. EFI Fiery digital print server and workflow automation software was demonstrated driving the RICOH Pro C7200X for printing, the DDC-810 Raised Spot UV Coater for embellishment, and the DC-646 Integrated Folding System for precision finishing.
EMT International featured the Chameleon RFX Series roll-to-sheet finishing line.
GBC demonstrated the Foton30. The recently introduced desktop laminator feeds, laminates, and trims with the touch of a button. The machine is designed to start automatically after warm up and supports hands-free lamination with an integrated, 30-page sheet feeder with deskew capabilities.
Graphic Whizard featured a full line of finishing solutions, including numbering, perforating, scoring, and slitting systems; perfect binding; and UV coating.
Harris & Bruno showcased the H&B ExcelCoat series of digital sheet and web coaters. The ExcelCoat ZRS is a highly throughput, fully automated sheet coater capable of tight registration and knockout spot coating as well as flood coating. Utilizing a quick change flexographic-style plate system and sophisticated camera registration technology, the ZRS is ideal for packaging and commercial print applications. For added capability, the H&B Advanced Substrate Transport System is an ExcelCoat series option that allows aqueous and UV coating of substrates as thin as .004 inches. The system is available as an option on all new Excelcoat sheet coaters, and as an upgrade to existing machines.
Impress Systems featured the Foil Direct with Automated Paper Feeder.
Kompac highlighted the ONYX 30 nearline coating, priming, and die cutting system. It provides a quick and easy way to apply UV, aqueous, primer/sapphire, and specialty coatings to a variety of substrates.
Martin Yale featured the recently released Dyna-Cut rotary die cutting system. After spending nearly two years in research and development, the Dyna-Cut by Count debuted at the show.
Nobelus highlighted its new high-gloss OPP thermal printable laminate film. PlatinumPOLY Gloss Printable Laminate enables brand enhancement with its durable, high- gloss finish. This thermal laminate film is scratch-resistant and its surface is receptive to UV, offset, and digital HP Indigo Inks. This 1.2 mil OPP is also designed for gluing, foil stamping, UV coating, embossing, and sleeking. PlatinumPOLY Gloss Printable Laminate Film is a great addition to any direct mail piece, magazine, bookcover, presentation folder, invitation, or folding carton.
Pro Cut Graphics Inc. develops solutions to help customers bring innovative product designs to life. The company offers a range of technologies from die cutting, punching, trimming, folding, and gluing needs for the bookbinding, mailing, printing, and packaging industry to special integrated solutions for production needs.
Rollem featured the Insignia die cutter models and demonstrated automated slitting, scoring, and kiss-cut finishing.
Skandacor showcased its laminating and finishing systems and consumables. In the booth, visitors could see a standard B&W print transformed with a metallic sheen with its SLEEKpro Iridescent Silver (T). SLEEKpro digital spot and foil finishing technology helps transfer and bond finishes and foils to most toners and digital inks. With no dies required, application is now possible to finish with variable data, spot holographic effects, fine details, and overprinting metallic foils with full-color digital CMYK.
Standard Finishing Systems brought an array of its post-processing equipment to the show floor. Highlights include the Horizon VAC-L600H Air-Suction Collator and the Hunkeler LS8-30 Long Stacker. One popular draw to the booth is was the RD-4055 die cutter, which is designed to meet the growing demand for short-run, die-cut products with its ability to die-cut, crease, perforate, slit, hole punch, and round corner in one process for digital and offset printed sheets.
Streamfeeder featured the XTR Retractable Dropper Batch Counting System.
Tecnau showcased the CutReady system running a postcard application. With a modular configuration, the output can be delivered to a shingling conveyor or to a vibrating collection box.
Therm-O-Type highlighted several finishing solutions for digital print environments, including sheetfed foil stamping, embossing and die cutting presses, inline die cut waste stripping attachments, foil fusers, foil cutters, cutter/slitter/creaser models, rotary die cutters, right angle slitters, handfed thermography machines, and business card slitters.
W+D ran the newest W+D Halm I-Jet 2 model, which is a four-plus color envelope overprint envelope press. The high-speed inkjet overprint prints up to 32,000 #10 envelopes per hour at 1,600×1,375 dpi and offers the lowest cost of ink and jetter head consumables, using Memjet’s production class inkjet print engine. W+D also demonstrated the new BB700 S2 performance class inserter live at the show with a unique read and print direct mail application on a USPS full automation rate approved TED-C shape-cut envelope.
VITS International highlighted its Divert/Waste Gate Multicut Variable Sheeter along with the Sprit Accu-Punch Rotary Punch Unit.
From books to folding cartons, finishing often completes the production print process. Finishing vendors showed up to PRINT 19 ready to showcase the latest and greatest tools. In the third and final part of this series we highlight software and workflow tools.
Oct2019, DPS Magazine