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Graphic Art Systems installs Bobst foil stamper at Starcke

Aug 16, 2011 12:00 AM


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Foil equipment manufacturer Graphic Art Systems Inc. announces Starcke Ltd., an international postpress processing firm based in Finland, has purchased a rebuilt large-format Bobst SP142E with Eco-Eagle Hot Foil stamping machine for its facility. This is the only large format machine of its size with hologram abilities in the world, according to Graphic Art Systems.

“We are very pleased and excited to add the Eagle foil stamping machine to our facility,” says Starcke chairman Ari-Veli Starcke. “We believe this new capability will provide us with new international customers with larger size jobs and longer run lengths. It is a huge step for us, giving us a capability that we didn’t have before. Plus, it sets us apart from our competition as it is the largest machine of its size in the region.”

“We are honored to partner with the international firm Starcke Ltd.,” says Michael King, president, Graphic Art Systems.  “Being recognized by Ari-Veli Starcke and his staff allows our firm to work with true professionals and provide them with a unique machine that will contribute even further to their capabilities. There are only five SP142 conversions worldwide all performed by our staff. This will allow Starcke Ltd. to enter a very special, unique market.”

The Bobst SP142E with Eco-Eagle Platinum series HFM5600 large format foil stamper installed at Starcke was rebuilt with new features and advancements.  It features an eight arbor fully automatic rewinder and is capable of speeds up to 6,500 sph. The Bobst press has 600 tons of stamping power. Its size format of 142 x 102 cm features all new grippers and chains and replaced Bobst manufactured components, allowing it to keep tight registration for hot foil stamping. The Eco-Eagle is designed with the newest heated honeycomb chase so it can be heated from cold to stamping temperature in 10 minutes. The new design also comes with 40% more honeycomb holes than its predecessors. Another new advancement is an on/off impression system that features all electronic controls with no mechanical switches, very minimal mechanical parts, and less wear on the parts. Finally, the machine is equipped with Eagle HMI software.

“We were always aiming to step into the packaging field with a large format hot stamping machine,” says Starcke. “We knew we could transfer our expertise and capabilities to create visual effects and security features in large format. With this installation, our goal is to add totally new customers and be able to break into new print markets such as mail catalog customers. Now we can with the Bobst machine.”