Compact Foilers Launches New Modules
Compact Foilers Ltd, Somerset, England, has confirmed the launch of two new modules, the CF1400 and CF75, for print enhancement. The CF1400 FLX is a new flexo module for web-based applications. The unit is available for retro fit to existing flexo printing machines or as a complete standalone machine. The offline machine uses the latest automatic web guide and servo controls for re-registration to the pre-printed web for enhancement with metallic and holographic effects. The machine has integrated reel-lifting units, automatic tension control, flexo printing unit, UV drying unit, inline slitting and foil/film delivery module. The CF75 has been developed to add Cast & CureTM to pre-printed material using spot UV varnish machines. The lightweight unit is mounted after the coating station above the out feed sheet conveyor. The reels of Cast & Cure film can be loaded from the side of the machine, eliminating the need for lifting equipment. A compact UV lamp unit cures the varnish before the film is stripped and rewound for multiple passes. For more information, visit www.compactfoilers.com.
Spartanics Introduces X-350 Laser Diecutting Module
Spartanics, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, introduced the X-350 laser cutting module, engineered to be integrated into Smag Graphique’s E-Cut and Digital Galaxie semi-rotary converting solutions. The X-350 is a modular laser station that can cut material up to 350mm wide and with an infinite length. Capable of reaching cutting speeds of up to 100m/minute, it comes standard with Spartanics’ Fastline and Optimization Control software and is available in either a 200 or 400watt laser. Since the X-350 is modular, it can be integrated into a SMAG converting solution from equipment inception or at a future date. To learn more, visit www.spartanics.com.
B&R Moll Introduces Integrated Inline Rotary Diecutter and Folder/Gluer
B&R Moll, Inc., Warminster, Pennsylvania, has developed the Rotary Die-Cutter System, a combined inline finishing machine designed to integrate complex diecutting, folding and gluing functions on a range of sheet-fed media and packaging. The system incorporates an upper flexo magnetic cylinder with flexible dies to handle kisscuts and cut-scoring for virtually any shape and size of material up to 22pt paper stock. The system includes top suction air feeder with four adjustable suction heads; a registration system with side guides, head stops and gripper fingers; and a sheet counter and double-sheet detectors. Designed to deliver onto a receding stacker or pallet, the Rotary Die-Cutter System integrates with B&R Molls optional stripping unit to remove waste material and pairs with the Versa-Fold and Dial-A-Stack machines to combine diecutting, stripping, folding, gluing and stacking in a single inline finishing system. For more information, call 267.288.0282 or visit www.mollbrothers.com.
Kocher + Beck USA, L.P. Celebrates Facility Extension
Kocher + Beck USA, L.P., headquartered in Pliezhausen, Germany, staged a groundbreaking ceremony for a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Lenexa, Kansas. The 24,000 square-foot extension will help Kocher + Beck to meet the growing demand for flexible dies in the future. The facility will be fully operational in December 2015. Lars Beck, managing director of Kocher + Beck, welcomed the mayor of Lenexa, city officials and about 50 guests. For more information, visit www.kocher-beck.com.
New European Business Development Manager Named for UEI® Falcontec
UEI® Group, Kansas City, Kansas, has announced the addition of Bo Meyer to its EU Company, UEI® Falcontec® – A UEI® Group Company, headquartered in the United Kingdom. Meyer is the European business development manager based in Denmark, providing sales and technical support for a territory that includes Germany, Denmark, Austria, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Poland. Meyer brings over 25 years of experience in the narrow web rotary industry to the UEI® Group, including tenure with Gerhardt in the diecutting tool market. Meyer’s background also includes experience with embossing and hot foil stamping. For more information, visit www.ueigroup.com.
Partnership Breaks the Boundaries of Cold Foil
A collaboration project involving Innovia Films and API Foils received the Technical Innovation Award at the recent EFIA event. The printed swatch booklet, “Breaking the Boundaries of Cold Foil,” showcases the possibilities of cold foils for label converters and features new products from both partners. The booklet also features a newly developed cold foil designed to be as versatile as possible across machines and substrates while delivering the best combination of fine detail and broad area coverage. The booklet contains a variety of images created using a single silver foil which has then been overprinted to create the spectrum of metallic colors showcased throughout. The foils in the booklet were supplied by API and printed in full HD on a Mark Andy Performance Series press using JFM Plates. Other partners in the project included Cheshire Anilox Technology, GMG Color, Reprobrand and Color Logic. For more information, visit www.apigroup.com.
Security Holograms and Luxury Effects Inline Now Suitable for High-Volume Applications
Pantec GS Systems AG, Kradolf, Switzerland, has introduced the SWIFT foil saver and hologram unit. The new system is equipped with three to six foil streams, allows for applications of 200,000 registered holograms per hour and offers luxury brand protection and security with multiple, coalesced foils in one unit. SWIFT is flexible and adaptable for registered patches, saving foil for bottles and tubes. Global groups benefit from utilizing SWIFT’s hologram and foil saver to manufacture security labels for high-value products in the computer, automotive and oil industries. To learn more, visit www.pantec-gs.com.