Bobst (Mex, Switzerland) has introduced its Novafoil 106 Hot Foil Stamper for high-quality embellishment in folding-carton production. The new machine was developed specifically to offer efficient, versatile and cost-effective multi-colour foiling. Its capabilities also include embossing, de-bossing, hologram application and die cutting. The technology allows users to create more elaborate designs to produce high-value packaging. This is the first inline foil-stamping machine from Bobst to offer an advanced cross-foiling option – configured up to 8 reels of 350 mm for inline, and 4 reels of 250 mm for cross foiling. The 106 allows a greater variety of applications of intricate foil designs on paper-based substrates and solid board. And with its large sheet size of up to 1,060 x 760 cm, the available sheet surface can be used to a maximum, optimizing the use of the substrate.
“The innovative Novafoil 106 empowers creativity and flexibility to give converters more embellishment capabilities that will attract brands looking to add standout shelf appeal to their products,” said Marco Lideo, Bobst Product Line Director for die cutters, hot-foil stampers and flexo printers. “This high productivity machine guarantees an excellent return on investment due to its robust build quality, strong reliability and long life coupled with cost-efficient foil use. We develop every solution with our four core pillars of digitalization, automation, connectivity and sustainability in mind – and the Novafoil 106 is a shining example of the contribution that our vision is bringing to the industry,” he added.
The Novafoil 106 also has a high level of automation that enables quick setups and changeovers. The platen section has been completely redesigned. It ensures a longer dwell time, stable temperature and higher pressure in the foiling process to deliver maximum embellishment quality. Plus, the gripper bar advance system has been adapted to provide excellent running consistency and improved sheet deceleration. The result is reliability, excellent stability and smooth sheet transport, even at maximum performance, said the company.
Introducing new levels of sustainability in foiling, the 106 can be configured with OACS (Optimal Advance Computer System) for automatic foil advance calculation, which translates into more economic foil use and reduced waste. Its semi-automatic foil-roll changeover further saves time to improve production efficiency. The OEM’s latest feeder head generation, with suction units and a powerful gripper bar advance system, ensure ultra-smooth and consistent sheet feeding and precise register for fault-free foiling. Plus, for added quality control, the operator can easily and safely extract samples without stopping the machine.