MGI unveils JetVarnish 3D Spot UV coater

Tim Sheahan
Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Digital press manufacturer MGI has claimed its new JetVarnish 3D spot UV coater eliminates the compromise of speed over coating thickness, handling both "with ease".

The new 3D coater, which is set for a Drupa launch, can handle production UV coating speeds while offering enhanced coating thicknesses without a detrimental impact on output.

The latest addition to the JetVarnish platform, which is three times faster than the original machine, leverages 3D spot embossing capabilities that can vary in thickness depending on the application.

According to the manufacturer, this enables the operator to produce a job that differs both in terms of appearance and tactile feel than regular UV coating.

Capable of finishing up to 3,000 520mm x 1050mm sheets per hour, the JetVarnish 3D offers embossed spot UV coating in addition to standard spot and flood UV coating.

The machine, which is fully variable data capable, can handle substrates in thicknesses that range from 135 – 500gsm.

According to Kevin Abergel, director of marketing at MGI, the new machine is the culmination of several years' development since the original JetVarnish launch.

"Ever since we launched the original model customers have been demanding we develop the 3D capabilities this new machine now offers," he said.

Although existing customers cannot directly upgrade to the 3D platform, the price of the original JetVarnish machine has now been cut by £20,000 to £159,000.

Set for a launch in later 2012, Abergel said the JetVarnish 3D is likely to retail for around the £250,000 mark.

The French business will showcase a working prototype of its new B2 Alphajet sheet-fed machine, at Drupa in Hall 4 on Stand B24.

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