French premium wine label printer Aset-Bidoit has upgraded one of its Gallus TCS presses with a Rhino flatbed foil embossing system from Pantec GS Systems.
Rotary foiling limits the speed of the press, especially with uncoated and structured papers. The advantage of print repeat flexibility of semi-rotary presses results in partial usage of the printing cylinder circumference. Depending on the system, only 50-80 percent is used.
When talking about the press output on the roll, Pantec said people often do not consider that the process speed on the cylinder may be twice as much, forcing the machine speed to be reduced for an acceptable quality.
Meanwhile, 3D foil embossed labels are drawing significantly higher attention due to their appearance. For these premium-look labels, in-line efficiency was previously only available for rotary systems, but now semi-rotary presses can be equipped with the Rhino flatbed system as well.
Aset-Bidoit already operated with a Rhino unit on a rotary press, and wanted to add this efficiency and quality onto its semi-rotary presses.
The retrofit of a Rhino unit onto the TCS was completed by Pantec GS Systems technicians.
Peter Frei, chief executive officer of Pantec GS Systems said: ‘Some semi-rotary presses basically double speed with Rhino when stamping uncoated materials.
‘Therefore, a Rhino onto a semi-rotary press not only makes a printer to a strong player in foil embossing, but he gets a major performance increase’