At Labelexpo Europe Leonhard Kurz will demonstrate digital metallization of labels using its DM-Jetliner embellishing unit in-line with an HP Indigo 6900 digital press.
During the show, visitors will be able to experience live production of narrow web labels with metallization applied before print and then overprinted by the press, achieving a colorful and high brilliance effect.
At the Kurz booth, an in-line DM-Jetliner will be connected upstream to the HP Indigo 6900 digital press. In the first step, a digital metallization will be applied to the web-fed labels by the DM-Jetliner unit, in a process Kurz calls 'Digital Metal'. Then, in one pass, the metallized labels will be multi-color overprinted by the HP Indigo 6900.
One of the key features of the ‘Digital Metal’ process is the flat application of the metallization. This characteristic is suited to finishing web-fed labels, with no distortion of the thin and flat coated labels as they are wound up. The other benefits include variable data in precious metal tones, register accuracy between metallization and color printing and a high brilliance metallic effect. According to Kurz, the DM-Jetliner is currently the only machine in the world that supports this type of finishing of web-fed labels.
Digital Metal finishing can be thought of as a fifth color in the printing process, says the company, enabling unique combinations of metallization and color printing. Various features of this unique technology combination will be demonstrated at the show, including a wide variety of label applications for the beverages, personal care, and detergent industries at Kurz’s booth 3D40.