Chris Matthews of Heidelberg UK receives the Stationers' Innovation Award from the Master Helen Esmonde
Heidelberg has been named Joint Innovator of the Year by the Stationers’ Company for its Omnifire range which custom prints onto 3D objects. It was presented with its trophy by Stationers’ Company Master Helen Esmonde with praise from Peter Day from the BBC Radio 4 programme In Business who said that the judges had been “looking for a surprise, something with the wow factor”.
The judges commented that: “By bringing together robotics and inkjet technology, Heidelberg has developed a unique piece of machinery which offers the printing industry the opportunity to print not only on small spare but large items as well.”
Chris Matthews, digital equipment business manager at Heidelberg UK, says: “We are delighted to have the Omnifire recognised. It has already secured a prestigious red dot award for industrial design and the EDP award this year and to also win the Stationers’ Company company accolade in the UK is a fantastic achievement. The Omnifire 250 takes print into a much wider market. It has already been adopted by the first customers who are creating added value by personalising objects. Our technology opens up new markets and new business potential, creating a unique benefit for our customer and their customers.”
The Omnifire 250 is already a commercially available product and in use at printers but also at retail and manufacturing sites. It features 4-axis robotics enabling it to print on to objects from 10 to 300mm in diameter. The printing system can apply one to four colours and opaque white and protective coatings are options. It is single pass, drop on demand printing. It uses both LED and UV drying systems. By the end of this year will be joined soon by the Omnifire 1000.
The Omnifire 1000 will handle objects of a width of up to 50mm and a length of up to 1,000mm and its six axes robotics will enable it to handle a variety of shapes, printing on to every side. It uses highly robust inkjet print heads and like the 250 has the ability to print four colours, opaque white plus a protective coating. It has been designed with a modular mounting system for a very fast changeover between jobs and it can personalise on demand.
The Omnifire XL for handling much larger objects is also anticipated and talks with companies with automotive and aeronautical interests will be part of the planning and development.
Fire is the umbrella term for Heidelberg’s digital range which also includes Versafire CP and CV toner-based systems, the Gallus Labelfire 340 and the Primefire 106, the B1 inkjet press jointly developed with Fujifilm and shown in prototype at Drupa.
Heidelberg shared the top accolade at this year’s Stationers Innovation and Enterprise Awards with DataLase.
For further information please contact:
Diana Thompson, Plus Point PR Ltd, on 01494-817178
Chris Matthews, Heidelberg UK, on 07827-937069
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