BOBST – for complete customer service

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During the last Drupa, Bobst with the number of visitors confirmed that with plans for the development of equipment and services, including equipment for digital printing and finishing are on the right track to meet the production challenges that customers expect in the future.Emilio Corti, Director of Sales in Bobst pointed out that the last Drupa for the company was a huge success.

Bobst - Die cutting machine

Bobst – Die cutting machine

It was introduced advanced technology for die cutting, hot stamping and folding-gluing with new service packs.

Customer reaction was excellent, as was reflected in a number of generated orders. Opportunity to talk with customers of Bobst’s equipment, their expectations in terms of quality, productivity and the availability of the machine, were the most important part of participating in the fair, and the received information were disclosed in Bobst’s research and development department. At the same time, it was confirmed that the programs developed from Bobst conform to their expectations, and finally the green light was obtained for both conventional and digital equipment.

Emilio Corti said: “We presented the results of studies for the digital press to many customers and received positive responses. They think that we are on the right track and that the solutions we develop are exactly what they need in the future. “

Large numbers of visitors to the Bobst’s stand were the printers from emerging markets (one of four visitors came from the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India, and China).

Latest Bobst - DRUPA 2012

Bobst at Drupa 2012

Corti said that technological development unveiled at these printing fair meets the needs of Bobst’s customers especially in these emerging markets, where there is a clear trend towards high quality packaging.

“Despite the problems in the world economy, two thirds of customers had projects that they would like to discuss with us, and these conversations results with new orders,” says Corti.

Service for the happy customer

With the launch of the new equipment at Drupa printing fair, Bobst was unveiled and new maintenance services – new remote service applications Mobile Portal Monitoring machines using smart phones and tablets, as well as boost my Bobst program that provides a web portal for users who want to upgrade older generation machines.

Visitors to the fair are truly appreciated our approach to service, Corti said, adding that they really wanted to hear about the problems that customers encounter.

Bobst so once again confirmed its status as a reference supplier when it comes to service.


Drupa 2012 – Innovations and Novelties

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In this article we wanted to evoke the atmosphere and show some of the novelties that were presented by short at Drupa, for all those who have not had a chance to come and a reminder to those who were.




At the Kodak booth an absolute hit was a digital printing machine Kodak NexPress SX 3900. For this, in practice, proven machine, Kodak has introduced a new option – an optional tray that allows printing on substrates up to size 356 x 914 mm (356 x 660 mm in automatic duplex mode), and gold, pearl and neon-pink toner as an option for the fifth printing unit. With the previously launched option for a fifth printing unit such as Clear, Red Fluorescing, Dimensional Clear, Black or Light RGB toners, gold, pearl and neon-pink toner bring an unprecedented range of options that adds to standard CMYK print a new value, thus enabling the expansion of business and increase revenue to the owners of Kodak NexPress digital printing press. These three options will be available on the market early next year.

Furthermore, Kodak introduced the Kodak Flexcel Direct, a machine for direct engraving of flexo printing forms. With laser engraving of elastomer is obtained a printed form with great endurance. The machine is capable of producing sleeves and panels. It is technology that many flexography printers eagerly await.

MGI Digital Graphic Technology

Great interest of visitors to the booth of French company MGI Digital Graphic Technology has caused a new MGI JetVarnish 3D, machine for digital partially coatink with digital inkjet coating technology, which in the latest version, first presented at Drupa, can now be made, and dimensionally, ie partial relief coating at a speed of 3000 sheets per hour for format 52 x 105 cm.

Konica Minolta

Konica Minolta - KM1

Konica Minolta – KM1

Konica Minolta is at its booth presented a prototype of a new digital ink jet printing machine KM-1 inkjet technology that can print up to B2 format sheets stacked at a speed of 3300 sheets per hour.

Resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi provides exceptional printing quality. In addition to the proven digital production presses bizhub PRESS Series C 6000/7000 and C8000, Konica Minolta has introduced a new model and prototype bizhub PRESS 1100 C, which will allow printing of high quality prints at a speed of 100 A4 / min, regardless of the grammage of the paper. The launch of this machine on the market is expected over the next year.


Epson Sure press

Epson Sure press

Epson has introduced a new generation of ink jet printing machine for labels from the roll to roll with printing capability of white ink Epson SurePress L-4033AW. This is a digital printing machine for printing labels on all materials commonly used in the production of labels, from paper to foil. With six printing units, CMYK + orange and green, now there is and white ink for printing on transparent and metallic materials. Most manufacturers of labels showed interest in this machine because of the quality of prints and affordable prices.


Techkon SpectroDens fogra

Techkon SpectroDens fogra

Techkon this year had a larger booth than usual and a large attendance. Of the many innovations the biggest attention was on new model of spectrophotometer SpectroDens Premium, who was redesigned, with color display and plenty of new features. What is interesting to the younger generation is applications for the iPhone, whit which we can control the registry on the print.


From novelty on boot of British company Morgan, a leader in the manufacture of machinery for processing plants for digital printing, we single out a new range of polyurethane binder (machine PUR adhesive binding): DigiBook 150, 300 and DigiBook 450. By its very reasonable price, along with the proven quality of the Morgan processing plants machines, these machines for PUR binding will certainly find its place in a number of digital printing factories, as well as conventional printers that have a need for quality binding.

Special applications

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Great quality print products are getting increasingly popular in the printing industry. A constantly developing requirement for surface finishing techniques has become noticeable over the past few years. You will need an appealing design and top-quality printing and finishing to distinguish yourself out of your competition! Gorgeous print products generate a winning impression, deeply influencing the choices buyers make.

Upgrades in the technological options backed up by presses, including inline surface finishing in a single pass, are also fuelling this development. Advancement has been significantly evident in the section of coatings. There are now a large number of special, user-friendly coatings with new features. They deliver all manner of effects, giving designers ever better liberty of expression.

Cold Foil Finishing

cold foil finishing

cold foil finishing

Cold foil is an magnificent innovative print technology that enables you to apply metallic foil, in-line, at press speed, in an endless spectrum of colors. Cold Foil Finishing can be applied using two conventional offset printing units. The first unit uses its inking unit and also an offset printing plate to apply glue either as a spot application or to the complete sheet.

The second, actual cold foil unit incorporates take-up and take-off units for putting on the foil. Along with the sheet, the foil is fed into the nip between the blanket and the impression cylinders and applied by pressure to the regions of the printing stock covered with glue. Right after the backing is taken away, the metal layer remains on the sheet. The remaining printing units are used to overprint the sheet. CMYK and spot colors can be printed to the sheet and over the foil. The result is a fantastic foil effect.

Drip-off and Hybrid Coatings




Standard inks are used for the process colors. A special-effect print varnish is applied in the final printing unit to the sections that are to have a matt appearance. Then, the coating unit is used to apply a conventional full-area high-gloss coating that drips off the spots previously given a matt coating. This maintains the matt effect of these parts and offers the remaining spots a gloss surface.


Hybrid or UV inks are utilized for the process colors. A further printing unit is used to utilize a UV special-effect print varnish to the areas of the picture that will have to have a matt visual appeal. Next, the coating unit is used to implement a full-area UV high-gloss coating. Because a UV high-gloss coating is used for hybrid applications, a greater gloss intensity may be achieved compared to a drip-off application produced by using a conventional, water-based high-gloss coating. With hybrid applications, however, the structure of the matt effect is much stronger than with drip-off applications.

Hybrid and UV Spot Coatings




UV inks are being used for the process colors. An extra printing unit applies a hybrid special-effect print varnish to the regions of the picture that will have to have a matt appearance. After that, the coating unit is used to apply a full-area UV high-gloss coating. The matt effect is produced exactly where the gloss coating \”sinks\” into the special-effect print varnish.


UV inks spot-coated with a UV matt varnish in a additional printing unit are used for the process colors. Next, the coating unit is used to put a UV high-gloss coating as a second spot coating. This evidently separates the matt and gloss sections. As a UV high-gloss coating is utilized for the hybrid application, the gloss level is comparable to that accomplished with the UV application. The matt effect in the hybrid application, nonetheless, has a surface which is less smooth compared to the UV application, recognized as a hybrid effect.

Foil stamping – perfect result


Ideally shiny surface elements in gold, silver, copper, aluminum and metallic colors can be transferred to the substrate by hot-foil stamping. A base film is covered with a layer giving the color and a hot-melt glue (adhesive coating layer). The image can be transferred under pressure and heat with a heated block (letterpress block). Ideal presses are letterpress machines and flat-bed die-cutters. Hot-foil stamping is primarily utilized for goods such as packaging for cosmetics, candies, and drinks as well as for catalog covers.

hot foil stamping

hot foil stamping

In narrow-web flexo-graphic presses embossing is often done in-line. Holograms can be transferred similarly with conventional hot foil stamping machines. The holograms are first embossed into the foil and then utilized with a coating. This foil can then be applied like a gold foil, for example, using the hot-foil stamping technique with a repeat length control.

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