FoilStar Module from Heidelberg Processes Cold Foil as a Single Roll or Split over up to Six Webs
Stunning high-quality metallic effects for print
Available for the Speedmaster CD 74, CD 102 and XL 105
Splitting into webs saves up to 50 percent on costs and
makes a wide range of finishing effects possible
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has introduced further
developments to its FoilStar module for the Speedmaster CD 74, CD
102 and XL 105 ranges. FoilStar applies cold foil in offset
technology, thus enabling stunning high-quality metallic coatings
on a wide range of printing stock. Until now, the module has only
been able to process single rolls, but this latest technological
development now offers the option of processing cold foil with a
number of webs. Up to six webs with various foils in a range of web
widths can be used, thereby enabling cost savings of up to 50
percent on jobs that require only a small amount of foil. This
development further enhances the finishing options available for
label, packaging and commercial printers. The new FoilStar module
will be available for all three Speedmaster series from fall 2007.
The process used to apply the cold foil offers a range of
outstanding benefits: Short makeready times due to the use of a
conventional offset printing plate, high printing speeds of up to
15,000 sheets an hour and excellent register accuracy. Cold foil
finishing is ideal for fine structures and elements such as text,
lines and screens. And the FoilStar really comes into its own with
short print runs and frequent job changes.
One of the first companies to use a FoilStar module on a
Speedmaster CD 102 is Edelmann in Heidenheim, Germany. The company
has produced the "CEMETAL" samples folder to introduce
its customers to the impressive benefits of cold foil technology.
High-quality finishing with FoilStar has also proved ideal for use
in the production of folding cartons for the wellbeing range of a
well known perfume chain.
The Edelmann Group has six plants and nine sales branches
worldwide. In 2006, its workforce of 1,150 generated sales of 158
million Euro in the pharmaceuticals, premium print and system
FoilStar - an innovative process
Two units are required for cold foil application. The
first applies a paste adhesive to all or part of the printing stock
using a conventional offset plate. FoilStar is fitted to the second
unit. Cold foil is fed through the nip between the blanket and the
impression cylinder. The pressure of the blanket transfers the
metal layer of the foil onto those parts of the printing stock to
which adhesive has been applied. When the substrate is removed, the
metal layer remains on the printing stock. Moreover, the two units
can be used for conventional offset printing again straight after
cold foil application. The various webs for the multi-web module
are also easy to fit and ready for operation in next to no time.
The FoilStar is controlled via the Prinect CP2000 press control
station and is connected to the CAN bus.
The FoilStar cold foil module is now also available for the
Speedmaster XL 105.
FoilStar can process up to six foil webs. A range of foils
allows a broad spectrum of finishing combinations.
Image 3 to 6 (right-hand side):
Print motifs in the "CEMETAL" samples folder
produced by Edelmann in Heidenheim showcase the benefits of the
FoilStar module. Fine structures and elements such as text, lines
and screen vignettes pose no problems.
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 92 50 66
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 50 69
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