Morgana Systems, the offline finishing equipment division of Plockmatic International, has announced the release of the Morgana DigiCoater Pro 400 flat sheet UV coater. The new device provides for a wide range of UV coatings to enhance, protect and add value to the printed sheet.
Commenting on the rationale behind the development and release of the product, Ray Hillhouse, VP Sales & Marketing for the Plockmatic Group Offline Business Unit, said: “With coated sheets already a fraction of the cost of lamination, we are now delighted to introduce a product that we believe can provide the lowest cost per sheet achievable on any UV coating machine in its class. Additionally, the unique curing system on the cold lamp UV unit uses significantly less power to cure when compared to other open lamp systems on the market.
“UV coated sheets provide for rub resistance and a more robust finish when the final piece of print needs to be frequently handled or passed through other finishing or mailing systems prior to completion. In addition, UV coating is widely considered as being a more environmentally friendly alternative to lamination, as virtually no waste is produced in the production process.”
The Morgana DigiCoater Pro 400 can produce up to 45 meters per minute of coated print on the cold lamp UV system, with up to 60 metres per minute on the LED equipped machine. Both systems are suitable for inline and offline applications. A low coating coverage of only 2 to 4 grams per square meter is needed in order to cover the sheet.
Morgana HD LED and Cold UV coaters remove the risk involved with high temperature conventional UV coaters, eliminating any scorching of substrates or potential fire hazards. The coated stock is delivered at room temperature, meaning that there is limited opportunity for distortion or shrinkage of the sheets.
Options for the product include a duplex coating capability, and automatic feeding and stacking units. An optional IR lamp system is necessary for coating wax-based toner printed sheets.
Hillhouse continues: “Although the basic machine can be handfed, most, if not all of the machines will be supplied with one of our feeder options. The new VFL vacuum feeder appears to be the most suitable combination with the DigiCoater, offering a 2,000 sheets capacity and a quick reload. It also has the benefit of being able to run long sheets for new emerging applications. The VFX feeder will offer continuous loading of sheets through two bins, but is limited in sheet size to 660mm.”
UV coating is rapidly being adopted as a means to enhance, protect and add value to both digital and litho printed documents, and is suitable for a wide range of applications including greetings cards, photobooks and calendars. A wide range of coatings are also now available from Morgana including gloss, matt, and anti-bacterial finishes.