A UK converter is the first to install Newfoil’s latest flatbed hot stamping, printing and finishing machine, as Carol Houghton reports
Langley Labels, a converter based in Hertfordshire, UK, has installed the first Newfoil 5500 Servo hot foil printing and converting machine, which was launched at Labelexpo Americas 2012.
The 5500 Servo machine includes two flat bed hot stamping/ embossing stations plus a die-cutting station, and will enable Langley Labels to buy in digitally printed labels to finish. Ray Herbert, director, Langley Labels, said: ‘We can now quote for jobs we previously wouldn’t have been able to do’. He added, ‘The demand for volume dropped in the recession and this new machine is very economical for small runs but also capable of much bigger.’
The Langley Labels 5500 has a 250mm web width and an intuitive touch screen for control and diagnostics. The machine can save settings for repeat jobs, reducing operator input and set-up time, as well as producing less waste. A simple changeover takes five to 10 minutes and the machine can reach speeds up to 18,000 impressions an hour (75 meters per minute).
The 5500 incorporates the latest development in motion control servo technology. Optional features include an overlaminating station, in-line servo flexo printing/coating unit, hologram attachment, digital re-registration for multiple passes, web slitting, sheeter/stacker and variable data unwind stand; to facilitate the use of a high quality, high speed thermal or inkjet printers, enabling variable data, graphics and digital print to be produced.
Bret Bailey, Newfoil sales manager, commented: ‘The servo press has gone through a long development program to achieve the high speed and accuracy the design brief aspired to'.
Both companies are very happy with how the installation has gone. Bailey added: ‘It is good to install the first machine with a familiar customer who can compare it to the previous generation of Newfoil machines and confirm the improvement in efficiency.’
Pictured: (L-R) Bret Bailey, sales manager, Newfoil, Gary Deller, director, Langley Labels, Darren Crossley, electrical design, Newfoil, Ray Herbert, director, Langley Labels