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Autobond breaks new ground at Ipex 2010

May 19, 2010 12:00 AM

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Autobond (Tariffville, CT) sheetfed laminators on display at Ipex 2010, include a Mini 76 TPH running inline to a new spot UV coating unit.  Autobond is pioneering the use of inkjet printed, variable spot UV varnish inline with matte lamination, which it believes is one of the major breakthroughs in postpress technology at Ipex 2010.  

The company has also been busy redesigning its complete Mini range, with one of the biggest changes being a further reduction to the already small footprint.  In addition, Autobond is using Ipex to introduce an entry-level, manual-fed laminator.

The Mini 76 TPH is a B2 landscape/B1 portrait laminator, capable of applying thermal film one or both sides of the sheet in one pass. The Mini 36 SUV can inkjet print a spot UV, LED curable varnish on top of matte film.

“The worldwide market for spot UV varnish over matte film is significant and around 95% of all spot UV varnish goes on top of matte film,” says managing director John Gilmore.  “The new Mini 36 SUV will provide, for the first time, the ability to apply variable spot UV varnish over matte film cost effectively on jobs consisting of only a few copies.  All the operator has to do is upload a single bit TIFF file. Makeready between jobs is virtually eliminated and the running speed can be up to 30 meters a minute.”

The LED curable lamps do not produce ozone, require a low level of power and last longer than conventional UV lamps. They also run cold.

Autobond reports it will incorporate inkjet printed, LED curable, spot UV varnish within any of its standard models - 36 cm, 52 cm, 76 cm and 105 cm - and the system is designed to retrofit behind existing laminators, even those of other manufacturers.  Sheets coming out of the laminator are fed into the coating unit via a short conveyor, which is fitted with a side register to ensure accurate positioning.  The sheets pass on to a servo-driven vacuum feed table before travelling under the inkjet heads and LED lamps.