This article appeared in a broader Technology Focus feature on Enhancing Print in the October 2022 issue of ProPrint, to view the magazine online, please click here.
Printers and label converters are looking for flexibility, says Stephen Pratt, managing director of Kurz Australia and New Zealand.
“The next big shift will be to complete digital finishing solutions that provide 2D (flat) or 3D (haptic) embellishment inline with the digital print engine or mounted on a flexo press. Solutions that metallise and spot varnish is something the market is asking for,” Pratt said.
“And they are continuing to invest in digital print and finishing solutions – whether they be sheetfed or webfed – that allow them to foil, emboss and deboss on a finishing line post-printing. Our DM-Jetliner 2D and DM-Uniliner both achieve amazing metallisation effects on paper and plastic labels at speeds up to 75 metres per minute delivering real productivity gains for label converters.”
Asked about Kurz’s sheetfed solutions, Pratt referred to the compact DM Smartliner and DM-Uniliner 2D configurations. The DM-Uniliner 2D is designed for digital printers wishing to produce attractive, UV-free metallic 2D decorations finished digitally onto their toner printed sheets.
The DM-Smartliner 2D finishing unit is designed to support small-format printers looking to transfer digitally onto toner or electro-ink printed sheets, to SRA3 sheet size, at speeds of up to 3,100 SRA3 sheets per hour.
Kurz’s sheetfed flagship is the DM-Maxliner 3D, which breaks the barriers of digital finishing for sheetfed print shops working with packaging and commercial printing. The DM-Maxliner 3D is a standalone finishing solution that delivers unmatched quality embellished B1 sheets at up to 4,000 sheets per hour, or in the B2 format it can handle more than 5,000 sheets per hour delivering fully metalised sheets and also allows for spot of full varnish in the same pass.
“Really, you need to see the samples to believe the quality of the images achieved!” Pratt said.
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