Konica Minolta to Demonstrate World’s First Digital Label & Flexible Packaging Embellishment Press at Biennial Chicago Trade Show
Melbourne, Fla. – As the world’s population continues to grow, the expansion and importance of the packaging and label markets for the print industry also continues to increase. Every two years, the biennial Labelexpo Americas trade show features new products and technologies designed to connect the graphic arts with brands, marketing agencies, print buyers and consumers. This year, MGI and Konica Minolta (Booth #5721) will be highlighting the strength of their shared roll-fed digital Industrial Print solutions with the JETvarnish 3D Web embellishment and AccurioLabel 190 printing presses.
The JETvarnish 3D Web print enhancement press is the first of its kind: a 100% digital solution for 2D/3D UV raised spot coats, dimensional textures, embossed Variable Data Foiling (VDF) and artistic CMYK highlights. These eye-catching decorative special effects are now available without the traditionally expensive use of dies, screens or tooling on label rolls up to 16.5” (420mm) and at speeds up to 8220ft/hr (2520m/hr). The judges on the Label Industry Global Awards jury recognized this MGI technology advancement by awarding it a Finalist status for the Innovation Award category. The ultimate winner will be announced at the official opening night banquet of the show.
Kevin Abergel, MGI Vice President of Marketing & Sales, thanked the international judges by stating, “We’re very honored to receive this Global Awards Finalist recognition at Labelexpo Americas. MGI’s corporate motto is “Innovation in Motion” and it reflects our commitment to develop products that benefit the entire marketplace. The distinction of this award program is respected worldwide.”
International Innovation Honors
Since its world premiere at the quadrennial Drupa 2016 exhibition in Germany, the JETvarnish 3D Web has received numerous awards for innovation, technical excellence and promoting future growth in the packaging and label industries. Along with the other sheet-feed JETvarnish 3D presses, it has received two consecutive DuPont International Packaging Awards (2016, 2017) and the 2017 Printing Industries of America (PIA) InterTech Award that recognized the AIS SmartScanner intelligent and adaptive registration system on all JETvarnish 3D presses. It also was awarded the 2017 “Best in Category” Digital Finishing Must See ‘Em Award at the annual Print 17 (Graph Expo) trade show - in addition to winning a European Digital Press (EDP) Association “Best Finishing Solution” award.
Earlier this summer, the PIA honored the JETvarnish 3D Web with a special solo 2018 InterTech Award, marking an unprecedented, record-breaking 4th PIA InterTech Award for the JETVarnish 3D Series.
Benefits & Advantages
The JETvarnish 3D Web offers features and benefits that include: rapid prototyping for new product launches, complete customization of text, images & special effects on every job, faster short run turnarounds to fuel greater productivity and profitability – as well as a high-volume production design that includes automatic web tension calibration, rewinder and semi-rotary die-cutting options. Additional available substrate management tools include electro-static corona energy treatment and flexo primer coating stations.
The JETVarnish 3D Web brings unique new embossed Variable Data Foiling (VDF) personalization and short run customization power to flexible packaging printers and label converters seeking to provide the most elegant, attractive and eye-catching packaging materials to their brand-owner customers. Previously, flexible packaging substrates (such as shrink-sleeve stocks and laminated film pouches or tubes) could never be embellished with traditional hot foil stamping methods. This was due to the damage caused by the mechanical stamping processes of applying high heat and pressure.
However, the MGI digital process eliminates those causes and effects from production postpress finishing operations. The result is a quantum leap forward for brands, manufacturers, retail distributers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) firms worldwide.
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