Bobst has expanded its digital press portfolio with the launch the Digital Master series, available in 340mm and 510mm web widths.
The Digital Master series will be available in 340mm (13.5in) and 510mm (20in) print widths in a new design that has been optimized for full modularity and improved operation and servicing. Like the Master DM5, it offers printing, embellishment and cutting in a single pass, with seamless native integration between the UV inkjet digital engine and the flexo and converting modules. The introduction of a 510mm version adds new opportunities to expand application versatility into larger-sized labels, industrial and chemical markets, wraparound, shrink sleeves, and other special applications. The Digital Master 510 provides higher production volume but still only needs one operator to run the press.
Running at up to 100m/min (328ft/min) in four or six colours plus optional digital white, the Digital Master series presses aims to bridge the gap between traditional digital and flexo machines. The modular architecture allows customers to configure the exact machine they need – from a digital-only version to highly customized configuration – integrating all modules available in in-line flexo. It can be upgraded on-site at a later stage.
Flexo modules can be included for priming demanding substrates, high-ink coverage jobs for long print runs to save on digital ink, applications with high white coverage, or for printing Pantone colors. Available embellishment features include varnishing, tactile and holographic effects, cold foil glue applied, UV lamination, and security printing. For end-to-end label production, fully automated semi-rotary die-cutting or rotary die-cutting are ready for integration.
Each print, embellishment and finishing module is digitally automated for high uptime, low waste and outstanding repeatability regardless of the operator’s skills, says Bobst. Quality control is guaranteed by the inclusion of Bobst Accucheck for 100 percent in-line inspection at full speed. This checks registration, quality and color consistency of digital and flexo print and all embellishments.
Bobst’s maintenance automation device on the Digital Printing Unit is also included on all machines, while 1,000mm (39in) jumbo unwinders and rewinders with automated roll-lifting system reduce the number of roll changes. A user-friendly interface controls the whole machine, which can be connected to the Cloud and is open for MIS integration.
‘Developments in label production are moving at pace with brand owners looking for converters that have the ability to deliver faster, better and at more competitive prices. In this context, the Bobst All-in-One platform is a great answer as digitally printed labels can be produced in high quality, with exceptional productivity and at lower costs, from short to long runs,’ said Bobst’s strategic marketing manager, Patrick Graber.
‘With the Digital Master series, we want to solve our customers’ challenges as they try to overcome the lack of skilled workforce while moving to industrial productivity and longer run lengths with digital equipment; and to bring more agility and flexibility to the production floor.’