Running in demonstration on the stand of it's industry partner, Leonhard Kurz, this is the first drupa showing of the BOBST MASTERFOIL 106 PR hot foil stamping press with FOIL UNWINDER+ module. The combination of this foil saving module with the speed and accuracy of the press makes this version of the MASTERFOIL 106 PR the most accurate, productive, yet economic to run hot foil stamping press available to carton, label and commercial print producers.
Jacques Reymond, Head of Product Marketing for BOBST's Business Unit Sheet-fed says, "For over five years the MASTERFOIL 106 PR has been the reference in the industry for hot foil stamping, because of its productivity and because of its POWER REGISTER system, which ensures perfect foil-to-print register accuracy. It has also been a reference for its ability to minimize foil wastage and our R&D engineers recently found a way to further reduce foil consumption, by as much as 50% depending on the job, as well as to reduce stops and increase productivity. The technique was implemented in the new FOIL UNWINDER+ module launched in-house last year and for which this is the first drupa showing."
The FOIL UNWINDER+ unit features a number of intelligent processes that together ensure extremely accurate foil advance, with the least possible stress on the web. By constantly self-adjusting during production, FOIL UNWINDER+ allows the press to run with a gap as small as 2mm between impressions on the foil, regardless of running speed, reel size or reel width.
FOIL UNWINDER+ builds on the precise register and hot foil stamping quality of its host MASTERFOIL 106 PR. The patented BOBST Autoplaten press design of the press delivers smooth sheet deceleration and acceleration, which means that the sheet is flatter when stamped, while the matched rigidity of the design ensures less patch-up, quicker set-ups and better finished product quality. A further feature of the MASTERFOIL 106 PR is Foil Touch, which gives the sheet 40% more time in contact with the foil and the foiling dies. This extra time means that less heat is needed, so results are improved and energy costs lowered; jobs needing foiling and deep embossing can be processed in one pass; on jobs with large areas of foiling gassing is avoided; and the sharpest details are retained on fine and delicate stamping.
Located on the Leonhard Kurz stand at drupa (Hall 3 / D60), the MASTERFOIL 106 PR with FOIL UNWINDER+ is running the final pass of a four-pass job for which the POWER REGISTER is key to achieving the excellent stamping register needed. POWER REGISTER and FOIL UNWINDER+ make it possible for users to maximize the benefits of the 8'000 sheets per hour MASTERFOIL 106 PR.
Such developments confirm that BOBST continues to be leading innovation in the design and manufacture of hot foil stamping equipment, delivering technology that helps clients reduce costs, improve productivity and open up new markets.