In the past week Nilpeter hit a big milestone with their FP-4 flatbed unit for hot foil and embossing, completing production on unit no. 100.
The first FP-4 was installed in January 2012, and the unit has proven to be a game changer – creating freedom of design with the possibility of separating embossing and foiling, using two units or more, whilst dramatically reducing tooling costs and providing a more sustainable and economic use of foil. A sign of its success, FP-4 unit no. 100 has just rolled off the assembly line at Nilpeter HQ, to be installed with a PANORAMA digital press line.
One of the first 99 went to Auroflex srl in Italy, whose only regret to this point is having settled for one FP-4 unit instead of two, but as they say, that problem can be fixed. ”Since July 2014, where we integrated the FP-4 unit in our Nilpeter FA-3 flexo press, we have improved the performance of our company’s productivity. Printing time is reduced, for many jobs with as much as 50%, printing quality has improved due to the accuracy of the FP-4 unit and the inline process, and we have reduced the use of the offline finishing to one shift,” says Auroflex Chairman, Fabio Butera.
A Bright Future
Going forward, Nilpeter predicts continued success with the hot foil and embossing unit, seeing a steady rise in the demand for labels and flexible packaging with embellishment features – especially from a growing wine & spirits sector.
Intrigued customers can test the FP-4 unit at the Nilpeter Technology Centers – at Nilpeter Headquarters in Slagelse, Denmark, and Nilpeter USA in Cincinnati, OH. Visitors can experience the FP-4 unit in action on a print job of their own, or choose from Nilpeter’s wide range of ready-to-print jobs. In addition to offering printing demonstrations, Nilpeter’s Technology Centers serve as a showcase for modern, LEAN production environments with optimised pre-press, testing, and proofing areas.
Features and Benefits
The FP-4 enables inline foiling and embossing in combination with all Nilpeter presses, and is especially suitable for markets where embellishment features are key, such as wine & spirits and health & beauty. The FP-4 unit features simultaneous embossing and/or foil opportunities and can be integrated in any desired position in the printing process.