When refining packaging with hotfoiling, the register between the packaging layout and embossing plates must be perfect. This is because only hotfoiling that is in exactly the right place meets the visual demands of high-quality packaging embellishment. With hotfoiling, this matching is time-consuming. It can take several hours for the layout and female dies to fit together perfectly. The problem here: if the position of the female dies is not archived on a job-specific honeycomb plate, this effort is necessary for every make-ready, also for every repeat job.
In practice, our customers usually do not use a job-specific honeycomb plate. Why is that? Quite simply, to purchase a separate honeycomb plate for each job that runs repeatedly would be very expensive. Since honeycomb plates are consequently used universally, the position of the embossing plates must always be realigned with the layout. For each individual job, in other words, also for each repeat job.
To save you this unnecessary time in the future, there is the thinplate from Marbach. This is attached to the honeycomb plate mounted on the machine. With this cost-effective solution, the embossing plates are pre-mounted on a special steel plate according to the print layout. In the case of hotfoiling, this pre-assembly is carried out taking into consideration a calculated reduction factor, since in this application the foil is transferred via heat. Ideally, the position of the hotfoiling fits immediately. However, if something needs to be adjusted, the female dies can be quickly adapted. This is because they are slidably mounted on the thinplate and can be set-up quickly and precisely to match the layout of the packaging using a scale. And best of all, this position can be archived for the next repeat job. This means that for repeat jobs, everything happens very quickly: position the thinplate on the honeycomb plate and packaging production can start. The result: high-quality embellished packaging with embossing and hotfoiling that perfectly matches the layout.
The thinplate - for maximum productivity in hotfoiling. Perfectly matching the layout.
Would you like to know more about the thinplate? We will be happy to advise you. Your Marbach specialist is looking forward to hearing from you.
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