Heidelberg’s line of KAMA ProCut 53/74 die cutter/foilers and KAMA ProFold 74 multi-functional finishing folder-gluers exemplify this type of specialty finishing capability. The compact, touchscreen-controlled KAMA ProFold 74 is ideally suited for the production of standard and high-value printed products, such as presentation folders, greeting cards, cross-folders, ticket pockets and mailing envelopes, CD cases and pick-and-place add-ons, such as business cards. Standard features include a flap plough-folding device, tipper fold plate and pressure rollers. Options include capacity folding device, pocket folding device, turning device, various hotmelt application systems, adhesive tape dispenser and a pick-and-place device.
KAMA ProCut automatic die cutters work precisely and efficiently to die cut, emboss, foil (including holographic effects) on table displays, CD sleeves, and high-quality presentation folders. Options, such as hot foil stamping, hologram stamping, and hot cutting yield high-quality results, extend the user’s service portfolio, and add more value in-house.
Other specialty finishing options from Heidelberg include:
- POLAR DCM—die cutter for specialty items like cigar labels, buttons of various shapes, or water bottle labels.
- Dymatrix 106 CSB Pro—cutting/stripping/blanking die cutter for business cards or small specialty items as well as its primary intent for high volume folding carton applications.
- Varimatrix die cutter and Easygluer folder-gluer—for shops interested in exploring the short-run packaging and specialty finishing market (short-run golf ball or organic food boxes;).
- Stahl Flexomailer and Stahlfolders—Heidelberg is seeing increased requests for applications like these in combination with Heidelberg Speedmaster 52 Anicolor and digital presses. This includes strike perforation, gatefolding and gluing heads.
- Stitchmaster ST 350/450 saddlestitcher or Eurobind adhesive binders—for adding additional value to traditional booklets, books and brochures that include sample gluers into a pocket or into the gathering area to glue in BRCs, marketing pieces, CDs, etc. Additionally calendar punching, pharmaceutical applications with integrity verification and small booklets run multiple up. “We expect the market for specialty finishing will continue to grow, alongside an increased focus on lean manufacturing to drive efficiency in finishing,” said Maurer.
Speed, Speed and More Speed
At PRINT 09, Xeikon demonstrated its Xeikon 8000 by producing 2009 holiday greeting cards for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. During the first two days of the show, the Xeikon 8000 produced more than 60,000 greeting cards. The cards were converted inline with a full-fledged finishing unit capable of UV-coating, super-glossing, die-cutting, stacking and batching capabilities. To demonstrate the versatility and flexibility of Xeikon digital color solutions, the production configuration generating the greeting cards was also utilized to produce pocket folders. More than 25,000 of these 19x22-inch pocket folders were produced in less than three days at the conference.
The inline finishing equipment is called XP-500 and is manufactured by GM, which is based in Denmark. Although GM does not exclusively work with Xeikon, this equipment is specifically designed to operate with the Xeikon 8000, 6000 and 5000 plus. The XP500 line is designed to varnish, laminate and die cut a 500mm wide web on both sides in one process. It integrates with the Xeikon presses and forms a full production line for post cards, brochures and many other products. The end product is placed on a conveyer or packed in boxes at the end of the line.
Xeikon has used the XP-500 on Xeikon equipment since 2004 (so, for the last five years). It was introduced around the same time. It integrates with Xeikon presses and forms a full production line for post cards, brochures and many other products. The end product is placed on a conveyer or packed in boxes at the end of the line. It is sold by Xeikon in North America as a part of its total solution in cases where the customer requires finishing capabilities.
In October, Beyond 360 Imaging, a privately-held technology company based in Boca Raton, Fla., announced a technique that produces rotating images which can be used on Web sites, in e-mails, or in print, providing complete 360-degree views. “Beyond 360 Imaging has revolutionized the product photography process to produce a finished rich media product and high resolution images for online and print media campaigns,” said Christopher Ceraolo, president and founder. “The 360 degree live image process combines our 360-degree photo capture technology with an automated image processing solution, permitting product images to be presented in high resolution at every angle without compromising image quality. The Beyond 360 Imaging technology is expected to benefit manufacturers, online retailers, advertising agencies, brand managers, web designers and photographers by providing a powerful imaging technique at an extremely low cost.”