Masterwork USA and Its Award-Winning Packaging and Postpress Finishing Equipment Deems Print 13 a Success

Masterwork USA, a leading finishing manufacturer of folding carton and packaging equipment headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is describing PRINT 13, the largest and most innovative global exhibition of digital, offset and hybrid technologies in 2013, as a solid success due to its overwhelmingly busy booth, the sale of one of its show-floor pieces of exhibit equipment, and being named a Best of Category winner as a Must See ‘Em for one of its new pieces of equipment. PRINT 13 took place September 8-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

 “Since the first day of the show, we’ve had exceptionally strong traffic. Our booth was very busy with attendees who were seeking post-press finishing solutions to grow their businesses,” says Carol Jiang, vice president of Masterwork USA. “We were thrilled to sell our MK 420 MINI Q high-speed carton inspection machine to a leading Canadian packaging firm signing the contract on the show floor. Plus, we’ve spoken to many well-informed customers that would like to add value and automation to their finishing department.  Our team has performed many demos at our booth. PRINT 13 has been a tremendous show for us.”

The Masterwork booth bustled with excitement as its demonstrators displayed its new Duopress foil stamping and die cutting machine and its MK 420 MINI Q high-speed carton inspection machine, both of which were PRINT 13 Must See ‘Em winners and the latter named as a Best of Category winning technology. The award-winning MK 420 Q high-speed carton inspection machine was purchased at the show by Ingersoll Paper Box, a leading folding carton manufacturer located in Ingersoll, Canada.

The PRINT 13 Must See ‘Ems competition, one of the premier graphic arts awards, chose two of Masterwork’s post-press finishing technologies out of a record-setting number of entries this year. Only 49 winning technologies were selected in the 11 categories and the Best of Category winners were revealed during a pre-show Executive Outlook conference. Both the MK21060STE Duopress foil stamping and die cutting machine with stripping, chosen in the postpress and in-line finishing category, and the MK 420 MINI Q full automatic sheet inspection machine, chosen under the color management and quality control category, were named PRINT 13 Must See ‘Ems. The MK 420 MINI Q was also named a Best of Category winner out of four other contestants.

For those seeking to create high-quality packaging, the MK21060STE Duopress foil stamping and die cutting machine with stripping provides the solution. It is the world’s first and only double-station machine designed with a one-pass integrated system combining the platen through the embossing and foil stamping onto the die cutting and stripping functions. The two-platen system boasts a maximum output speed of 6,000 sheets per hour, but because multiple passes with two platens run at one time, users realize an output of 12,000 sheets per hour. Its optimized pressure adjustment provides a better foil stamping result. Its patented design of the adjusting mechanism ensures that the two units have high register accuracy. A separate power-driven waste conveyor belt is capable of removing waste at a high speed.

The MK 420 MINI Q high-speed, high precision carton inspection machine allows a graphic arts firm to increase production capacity, reduce costs, and carry out 100% on-line inspections throughout 24 hours of uninterrupted operation.  The Mini’s new technology removes the cumbersome human inspection process with its inefficiency and inaccuracy and allows the 420MINI’s high-speed CCD camera to detect the slightest deviations from the standard sample. The 420MINI Q has a highly-adjustable patented light source that can make meticulous and accurate adjustments according to the different printing processes, such as laser or holographic foil stamping. This light source, found only on MK machines, can filter the reflective light on the sheets to make the image clear and give the best detection results. The MK 420MINI offers a maximum running speed of 75,000 sheets/hour. It will take a maximum sheet size of 420mmx350mm and a minimum sheet size of 70mmx70mm.

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