Steinemann introduces its dfoil technology, a unique option for its dmax line of digital coating systems that supports digital foil stamping without the use of dies. The foil stamping process developed by Steinemann is based on innovative but practice-tested technology and is – like the dmax systems – designed for high production speeds of 5,800 sheets per hour. dmax machines equipped with dfoil are currently the only industrial production systems in the world that can deliver premium digital coating and digital foil stamping in a single pass at a high level of productivity. The dmax system with integrated dfoil module further boasts a sleek design based on Steinemann’s extremely durable machine construction, which guarantees the reliability that is essential for cost-efficiency in an industrial production environment. The first dfoil system will be installed on customer premises in the 2nd quarter of 2017. Delivery to further dmax customers will begin in the 3rd quarter of 2017. dfoil is available for all dmax machines. Steinemann is taking advantage of the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2017 in Lucerne to introduce customers to the dfoil system at its information stand in Hall 1, where it will be exhibiting samples that demonstrate the high quality embossing effects of this new option for the dmax product line.
“Over 40 years after the invention of UV coating in the printing industry, Steinemann now offers industrial-scale print finishing based on a combination of digital coating and digital foil stamping in a single, highly productive system. The dmax systems equipped with dfoil apply spot and relief coatings as well as foil in a single pass. Brochures, financial reports, flyers, greeting cards, packaging: Customers who expand their dmax systems to include dfoil can more efficiently than ever meet the rising demand in the market for premium, highly flexible print finishing,” says Ludwig Allgoewer, head of Finishing at Steinemann Technology in St. Gallen, Switzerland, describing the technical breakthrough his company has made with its innovative digital foil stamping technology. Digital foil stamping is another application of the digital coating technology developed jointly with Schmid Rhyner AG, a leading UV coating specialist.
With short make-ready times, dfoil achieves both flat and gradually raised foil application with embossing effects. The foil tension is controlled automatically, while high-performance indexing systems ensure optimum foil utilisation and thus the cost-efficiency of the foil stamping process. Digital foil stamping with dfoil requires no dies whatsoever, a fact that further enhances the cost-efficiency of the process and its convenience for machine operators. An optional, electrical, built-in lifting device can further improve ease-of-operation and make-ready times by rapidly extending and retracting the foil rollers at the push of a button.
The dmax series of digital coating machines currently comprises a variety of high-performance models in widths of 76 cm and 106 cm. Optional equipment for expanding their functions includes a roller-type coating unit that enables customers to flexibly select between the digital spot or flood application of glossy, matte or soft-touch coatings and primers to suite the requirements of various jobs. With this multifunctionality, the dmax systems can be put to flexible use for a wide range of applications. Thanks to its modular design, customers can adopt entry-level digital dmax technology at low cost and expand over time.