Domino recently launched a digital cold foil solution based around its K600i digital print module. Essentially it’s using the printhead to lay down an adhesive that can then be used with conventional metallic foil. It can be supplied as a stand-alone unit or be retrofitted to an existing foiling station and uses a web handling solution from AB Graphic.
It runs at the standard speed of the K600i – up to 75m/min – depending on the substrate, and there’s a choice of seven widths from 108mm up to 782mm. The solution includes Domino’s i-Tech intelligent Technology designed to optimize the productivity of the heads.
The main market is security applications, where foiling is used to prevent parallel trade and anti-counterfeit activity. The combination of holographic foil with digitally created images provides additional product complexity and makes counterfeiting increasingly difficult to achieve. But there’s also growing demand from the label and packaging market, which is seeing a trend for shorter run lengths and multiple SKUs.