Bobst has expanded its portfolio of digital presses with the launch of the Digital Master series, available in 340mm and 510mm web widths.
The Digital Master Series will be available in 340mm (13.5 inch) and 510mm (20 inch) print widths in a new design optimized for full modularity and improved operation and maintenance. Like the Master DM5, it offers printing, embellishing and cutting in a single pass, with seamless native integration between the digital UV inkjet engine and the flexo and conversion modules. The introduction of a 510mm version provides new opportunities to extend application versatility to larger labels, industrial and chemical markets, envelopes, shrink sleeves and other specialty applications. The Digital Master 510 provides higher production volume but still only needs one operator to operate the press.
Operating at up to 100 m/min (328 ft/min) in four or six colors plus optional digital white, the Digital Master Series presses aim to bridge the gap between digital and traditional flexo machines. The modular architecture allows customers to configure exactly the machine they need – from a digital only version to a highly customized configuration – incorporating all the modules available in inline flexo. It can be field upgraded later.
Flexo modules can be included for priming demanding substrates, high ink coverage jobs for long runs to save digital ink, high white coverage applications or for color printing Pantone. Embellishment features available include varnishing, tactile and holographic effects, cold glue application, UV lamination and security printing. For end-to-end label production, fully automated semi-rotary die-cutting or rotary die-cutting are ready to be integrated.
Each print, embellishment and finishing module is digitally automated for high uptime, low waste and exceptional repeatability regardless of operator skill, says Bobst. Quality control is guaranteed by the inclusion of Bobst Accucheck for 100% in-line inspection at full speed. This verifies the registration, quality and color consistency of digital and flexo printing and all embellishments.
Bobst’s maintenance automation device on the digital printing unit is also included on all machines, while 1000mm (39in) jumbo unwinders and rewinders with automated roll lift reduce the number of roll changes. A user-friendly interface controls the whole machine, which can be connected to the cloud and is open to MIS integration.
“Developments in label production keep pace with brand owners looking for converters that can deliver faster, better and at more competitive prices. In this context, the Bobst All-in-One platform is an excellent answer, as digitally printed labels can be produced in high quality, with exceptional productivity and at lower cost, from short runs to long runs,” said Patrick Graber, strategic marketing director of Bobst. .
“With the Digital Master series, we want to solve the challenges of our customers as they try to overcome the lack of skilled labor while moving towards industrial productivity and longer lifespans with digital equipment. and bring more agility and flexibility to the production floor.’