At PacPrint 2017 last week, MD of Kurz Australia, Stephen Pratt, showed PKN the Kurz DM-liner foil transfer unit for digital metallisation on a sheetfed press, that's also available in a roll-to-roll version.
The DM-Liner transfers a true metal layer, thereby producing a very high gloss finish. It comes configured for SR-A3 or B2 paper sizes and can be purchased as sheetfed or roll-to-roll.
"Thanks to the digital technology, variable data such as serial numbering, variable barcodes or personalisation can be combined to deliver a refined metallic look," said Kurz Australia MD Stephen Pratt.
It's ideal for labels, flyers and brochures, invitations and direct mail, packaging, greeting cards, photo books and calendars.
"The process is suitable not only for metallising individual elements on the print product, but can also be combined with colour over-printing to create exclusive designs and works just as well on fine line detail as it does on broad surfaces," Pratt said. "For example, the finished surface can be overprinted in colour to produce a wide variety of luminous metallic colours. Alternatively, the metal transfer can be performed after the colour printing to add last minute individualised elements to the print product."
"As KURZ Digital Metal foils are fully over printable, you only need to carry a limited number of foils to cover most applications," Pratt said.
The digital metal foil transferred in the process is currently available in gold, silver, digital diffraction, holographic and clear.
Take a look at how easily it's done here:
At Interpack earlier this month, Kurz showed the roll-to-roll version of the DM-Liner UV-Ink.
Pratt commented: “Kurz developed this finishing solution to enable the narrow-web processing sector to also take advantage of all the possibilities offered by its digital metal transfer technology.”
“The new DM-Liner UV-Ink provides label and narrow-web printers with an economical finishing tool, regardless of the size of the print run,” Pratt said. “The process also gives them the necessary flexibility to cost-effectively meet current trends in the printing and packaging industry.”
It is suitable for finishing small and limited editions, customised mass products, and product individualisation in the late production phases.
“The process opens up new possibilities for brand owners to give their labels and packaging a distinctive appearance, and to turn them into a real eye-catcher on the retail shelf,” Pratt said.