Growth of JETvarnish 3D Series Continues with World’s First Fully Digital Printing & Embellishment Press for Flexible Packaging & Labels
New JETvarnish 3D Web Color + Roll-fed Press Includes 4 Color Digital Printing, 2D/3D Special Effects & Foiling
MELBOURNE, FL, USA – The MGI Group, which pioneered Digital Spot UV & Variable Embossed Foiling, has announced a special preview of the new JETvarnish 3D Web Color +press at Labelexpo Europe (September 25th-28th) in Brussels. MGI will be sharing the stage of the largest international label exhibition with Global Partner Konica Minolta (Stand # 8C51-8C52) and demonstrating - for the first time in the history of the print industry - a single, inline digital solution for high-definition CMYK color printing and personalized 2D/3D dimensional textures and embossed foiling.
Finishing Functions & Substrate Management
The JETvarnish 3D Web Color + press features semi-rotary cutting and slitting functions – as well as both corona treatment and flexo primer coating stations for maximum substrate diversity and print surface flexibility. The vast range of flexible packaging and label materials that can now be decorated with exciting visual and tactile enhancements includes plastic, synthetic and paper-based stocks.
These powerful substrate management tools are also complemented by an automatic rewinder utility and a self-cleaning inkjet system for optimizing the profitability of job production activities. The JETvarnish 3D Web Color + analyzes each piece with the AIS Smartscannerintelligent and adaptive registration system.
MGI Digital Innovation
The debut of the new JETvarnish 3D Web Color + combines the MGI traditions of digital innovation in the realms of postpress embellishment and multi-substrate printing with a new approach to Flexible Packaging and Label production. The MGI Meteor Press Series uses specialized electro-photographic (EP) toner ink processes to deliver high-resolution, digital color printing on hundreds of different substrates. The JETvarnish 3D Enhancement Press Series offers dynamic enrichment of digital, offset & flexo printed output via unique inkjet applications of dimensional varnish and foil textures.
Now, for the first time, both MGI inkjet and toner-based digital print innovations are combined in a single, integrated press system. This historic occasion marks the first time that both digital technologies have been utilized together in a seamless production workflow within a single, integrated machine.
The JETvarnish 3D Web Color + provides stunning 2D/3D UV dimensional textures and personalized, embossed Variable Data Foiling (VDF). These eye-catching, digital decorative special effects are available without the traditionally expensive use of dies, screens or plates on label rolls up to 17” (420mm) and at speeds up to 8220 ft/hr (2520m/hr). When printing blank rolls at 3600 dpi resolution, in addition to adding 2D/3D foil embellishments, the Color + can achieve speeds up to 3939 ft/hr (1200 m/hr).
Corporate Product Strategy
MGI Group CEO Edmond Abergel explained that "Last year at Drupa 2016, we launched the sheet-fed Meteor Unlimited Colors Series of integrated digital printing & foiling presses. This technological advancement represented the first time that a single, high-production ‘all-in-one’ solution was available for inline printing & foiling in the marketplace.”
“The international success of the Meteor Unlimited Colors Series and the unprecedented growth of our JETvarnish 3D Series of inkjet-based enhancement presses has made a dramatic impact on the global printing and packaging industries. Therefore, the development of the new JETvarnish 3D Web Color + solution was a natural consequence of market demand for a further step in our growing synthesis of printing and finishing digital technology products.”
Abergel concluded the official announcement by stating “Our research and product development (R&D) goal is to help our customers and partners offer digital printing solutions at the forefront of new technology directions. MGI products are designed to be different from the rest of the industry and bring a unique competitive advantage to developing new print-based applications. With our Konica Minolta alliance, we now have a worldwide sales, service and support network to assist our clients in building new growth strategies and revenue streams with MGI products in the future.”