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November-December 2018
The built-on configuration of Kurz’s DM-Liner UV-Ink Roll-to- Roll digital cold foiling system.
AT LABELEXPO Chicago, Kurz introduced its new DM-Liner UV-Ink Roll-to-Roll digital cold foiling systems, which come in built-on and built-in configurations for conventional and digital label presses respectively. According to Murphy, the system uses inkjet heads to print adhesive onto the substrate. “We print the data in the glue, nip the foil over it, and then it is UV cured and stripped,” he says.
The built-on configuration was highlight- ed on a Nilpeter press at the show. Attached to the rails of a conventional web-fed press, the built-on unit is an independent cold foiling station with unwind and rewind. “The only integration with the press is to have a sensor for registration from the previous print station,” says Murphy.
According to Murphy, the roll-to-roll
systems complement Kurz’s sheet-fed options, which can apply foil to most digital toners and inks for high-gloss finish, and use specially-designed foils suitable for overprinting.
“The DM-Liner provides opportunities for quick turn-around work and short runs, and offers the ability to print foil with variable data. There is no tooling required as the unit uses the printed image as the motif for foiling,” he says.
Outside of the digital space, Kurz’s die-making arm Hinderer and Murlich has also developed specialised micro and nano-embossing dies.
“With this technology, the foil surface is very slightly embossed to change the way the light reflects. This has enabled textures, patterns and even lenticular effects to be achieved,” says Murphy.
not to outsource?
positive return for the customer,” he says. The MGI range is not pitched at huge runs, adds Cascarino. “These machines are suited for short-run, high-value customers, not vast amounts of embellishment work,” he says. “Once a customer has the type of clients that would make this a positive investment – based on value, not volume – then we’d ad- vise them to invest in their own equipment.” Cascarino believes this technology could be used for a huge range of applica- tions. “It’s suitable for book covers, high- end brochures, promotional and even packaging work,” he said. “This type of product really complements short-run packaging, which is a growth sector in our industry – examples of typical applica- tions are whiskey boxes, and labels for
wines or health and beauty.”
One happy MGI customer is Revolution Print in Ballarat, which purchased a Jet- Varnish 3DS with an iFoil embellishing machine from Konica Minolta. The unit ar- rived in September, and Leon Wilson, di- rector, is already pleased with the output. “The quality it is producing has been very impressive,” he says.
Revolution’s new JetVarnish unit is capa- ble of producing 2D and 3D spot varnish-
MAIN: The MGI JetVarnish 3DW for labels and roll-fed applications.
LEFT: An example of Kurz’s foiling techniques.
BELOW LEFT: Darren Delaney, Allkotes: “Done professionally and done once.”

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