At Ipex 2013, MGI Digital Graphic Technology of Ivry-sur-Seine, France, previewed its new Meteor DP8700 XL+ press, which the company describes as its fifth-generation machine.
Capable of printing up to 1,200 mm (47 inches) in format length, the Meteor DP8700 XL+ extends upon the substrate compatibility (size and thickness) of the existing Meteor DP8700 model. MGI points out this extended size allows for the creation of up to 5.7 A4-size jobs on one single sheet.
The Meteor DP8700 XL+, scheduled for a Q3 2014 launch, is also able to print on thicker substrates, including plastics, reaching up to 400 GSM and 450 microns. The new press includes an automatic duplexing feature designed to print and register work up to 300 GSM, as well as a new Automatic Skew and Centering Adjustment (ASCA) system.
At Ipex, MGI also highlighted its new DF Pro inline finishing system unit for use on the Meteor series of presses. Features of the DF Pro include cutting and trimming, selective cutting and trimming perforation (both horizontal and vertical, allowing for knockouts), and positive and negative creasing. The company rates the speed of the DF Pro, which is designed to handle the 47-inch format of the DP8700 XL+, at 4,260 A4 per hour.
MGI also introduced new features and field upgradable options for its JETvarnish 3D Evolution system, allowing for either the doubling (T2) or the tripling (T3) of production speeds. This translates as production speed of up to 2,400 B2-size sheets per hour with embossed 3D effects and 3,000 B2-size sheets per hour with traditional flat effects.
Upgrades to JETvarnish 3D also allows users to emboss work of up to 300 microns in a single pass, on formats up to 52 x 105 cm (20 x 40 inches). A new Barcode Reaction camera system allows JETvarnish 3D users to digitally emboss or spot varnish variable data by reading printed barcodes and then recalling the images in the workstation to varnish.
MGI’s iFOIL technology can now also be used with JETvarnish 3D to produce inline both flat and embossed hot foiling. The company also announced a new strategic alliance with Konica Minolta in relation to the JETvarnish 3DS. In January 2014, Konica Minolta of Tokyo purchased a 10 percent stake in MGI.