OFT Technology, UK manufacturer, of the Foiltone litho coldfoil application system, claims a world first with a system application on a six colour KBA 162 press in Italy.
OFT sales director John Hopkinson explains: “There were significant technical challenges which had to be overcome to produce a system which would operate at normal press speed with a foil width of over 1,600mm. We are now the only company in the world who can offer systems on all sizes of press, irrespective of the manufacture.”
OFT has now retrofitted several makes of litho press including KBA, Komori, Mitsubishi, Heidelberg and MAN Roland, and has systems operating in Europe, the USA and Japan.
Says John Hopkinson: “Since introducing litho coldfoil application to the market several years ago, there have been significant developments in foils, adhesives, inks, including UV inks and coatings, as the manufacturers of those products have seen their market opportunities multiply. This in turn has lead to significant advances to coldfoil application techniques which have now become of interest to print sectors not previously associated with foil stamping. Our principle growth area is in the commercial print market, where previously foil had been rarely used.”
The company has also developed systems to allow several rolls of foil to be run across the width of the press, as well as the Foilstop, which only allows foil to run when the foil pressing section of the press is in impression. Both of these systems are claimed to save significant amounts of foil over other applications.
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