API Foils has developed a new more versatile, general-purpose matt pigment hot stamping foil called PG grade. This is said to offer both fine detail and broad area coverage. The new foil results from two years research and development and combines the best qualities of the company’s legacy pigment foils UA and 432, delivering a number of improved product features.
These include better opacity, which should lead to a sharper colour and better overall finish. It also boasts a wider operating temperature window, which increases productivity by improving process times. In addition, the range includes just 12 colours in a single grade so that it should be easier to select the right one for the job.
PG has an easy release and good adhesion. Depending on the machine type and application, it typically has activation at 85oC with an operating temperature of between 100oC to 1500C. For best results it has a recommended top temperature of 170oC. It has good resistance to water, plasticiser migration and to wines and spirits. It is non-toxic and meets stringent compliance and legislation across numerous industry standards worldwide.
PG can be used on a wide range of substrates including self-adhesive labels, coated and uncoated paper and board plus a wide range of plastics and natural materials such as leather and wood. In fact it can be used on anything from ballet shoes to brake pads.
Working in collaboration with Newfoil, based in Bolton, API is launching the PG grade to platen press stamping label manufacturers in the UK. Commenting on PG after initial customer trials, Steve Tonge of Dotaprint Labels said: “This foil makes label printing so much easier, one foil that suits all substrates and even works when printing foil on foil.”