Impression D'Or of Saint-Léonard, Quebec, has installed Canada’s first MGI JETvarnish 3D spot UV system, which can apply both traditional flat spot UV coating or raised 3D effects of up to 100 microns in thickness.
Purchased through Montreal’s KBR Graphics (with offices also in Montreal and Ottawa), the unique JETvarnish 3D system is engineered to UV coat both toner and offset work ranging in sizes up to 52 x 105 cm (20 x 42 inches) with the extended format kit. The system holds a 51.5 x 73.5 cm printing size in standard configuration.
Using drop-on-demand piezo heads mounted on a solid plate covering the full sheet width, JETvarnish 3D can apply flat spot UV coating at speeds of up to 3,000 B2-size (20 x 29-inch) sheets per hour. It handles paper thicknesses of between 135 and 600 gsm. The device’s feeding system has a capacity for around 4,000 sheets at 135 gsm weight.
MGI first presented the JETvarnish 3D at drupa 2008 and has progressively upgraded the system to its current specifications, including the recent introduction of the double-engine JETvarnish 3D Twin.
Raymond Girard, President and owner of Impression D'Or, states he was first impressed with the JETvarnish 3D during demonstrations at last fall’s GraphExpo tradeshow in Chicago. “We were extremely impressed to see so many people crowded around the JETvarnish 3D, eager to touch the varnished sheets as they came out of the press,” he said. “It was at that point we imagined all the possibilities that this new technology could offer our clients and their customers.”
Founded in 1988, Impression D'Or began as a small finishing company offering stamping and embossing, but today provides a range of specialized finishing services, which the JETvarnish 3D adds to.