In an industry first, Eagle Systems, Inc., a U.S. based developer and manufacturer of foil enhancement equipment, will exhibit a system capable of applying cold foil finishing to uncoated paper.
In the works for more than six years as an R&D project, drupa 2016 will mark the first time a viable, sellable solution, with 100% coverage capabilities, will be available to the marketplace.
‘This is a real game changer for the commercial/packaging printing world because until now, it simply never worked,’ said Eagle President and CEO Mike King. ‘Cold Foil on uncoated stock has been tried and tested by many folks with little success. I have to admit, Eagle invested a lot of resources leading up to this breakthrough, but we’re dedicated exclusively to the application of hot and cold foil. For many service providers of greeting cards, food packaging, pocket folders, and wine labels, as well as beer and soda carriers, this innovation alone will be well worth the trip to drupa. We expect a tremendous response.’
Uncoated sheet fed cold foiling has never been done before. Due to characteristics of uncoated stocks (being porous and variables in the surface from coated stocks), previous iterations were never capable of 100% coverage. Now, with an Eagle Cold Foil system and Eagle consumables (available directly from Eagle), sheet fed cold foiling on uncoated stock will now be a reality.
Currently, there is only one press set up to do this in the world. Eagle has retrofit a manroland press at the The Matlet Group’s Packaging Graphics in Providence, Rhode Island. Packaging Graphics is a leading manufacturer of high-end consumer packaging products. King added, ‘Because of our testing and our consumables, we are making sheet fed cold foiling on uncoated stock happen every day. We’re very confident the drupa audience will be impressed.’