Graphic Art Systems, Inc, the leading developer and manufacturer of foil enhancement equipment for the printing industry for over 20 years, announced today that Starcke Ltd., an international post-press processing firm based in Finland, has purchased a totally rebuilt large-format Bobst SP142E with Eco-Eagle Hot Foil stamping machine for its facility. This is the only large format machine of its size with hologram abilities in the world, according to Graphic Art Systems.
“We are very pleased and excited to add the Eagle foil stamping machine to our facility,” says Starcke Chairman of the Board Ari-Veli Starcke. “We believe this new capability will provide us with new international customers with larger size jobs and longer run lengths. It is a huge step for us, giving us a capability that we didn’t have before. Plus, it sets us apart from our competition since it is the largest machine of its size in the region.”
“We are honored to partner with the international firm Starcke Ltd.,” says Michael King, President of Graphic Art Systems. “Being recognized by Ari-Veli Starcke and his staff allows our firm to work with true professionals and provide them with a unique machine that will contribute even further to their capabilities. There are only five SP142 conversions worldwide all performed by our staff. This will allow Starcke Ltd. to enter a very special unique market.”
The Bobst SP142E with Eco-Eagle Platinum series HFM5600 large format foil stamper installed at Starcke Ltd. is a totally rebuilt machine with a raft of new features and advancements. The Eco-Eagle features an eight arbor fully automatic rewinder. It is capable of speeds up to 6,500 sph and the Bobst press has 600 tons of stamping power. Its size format of 142 cm by 102 cm features all new grippers and chains and replaced Bobst manufactured components allowing it to keep tight registration for hot foil stamping. The Eco-Eagle is designed with the newest heated honeycomb chase so it does not need to be pre-heated for several hours but rather can be heated from cold to stamping temperature in 10 minutes. The fast response time of the heated chase allows jobs to be run 30% faster than other machines with heat built in the bolster. The new design also comes with 40% more honeycomb holes than its predecessors. This unique ability of the Bobst to reach temperatures faster and maintain them allows the heating system to be much more economical. Another new advancement is an on/off impression system that features all electronic controls with no mechanical switches, very minimal mechanical parts, and less wear on the parts. Another recent development added to the Starcke Ltd. machine is the release of Eagle HMI software.
Starcke chose Graphic Art System after careful consideration for its long history and reputation, its superb engineering capabilities, and the extensive background of its president Mike King and its team of support engineers. “Purchasing this large-format foil stamper from Graphic Art System is one of the biggest steps we’ve made in our company,” says Milla-Riitta Reunanen, chief executive officer. “It helps us to meet the needs of our customers. Along with the purchase of the new foil stamp machine we moved into a new world-class facility that allows us to expand into new markets and offer additional abilities to our customers.”