Per Embossing Plus, the MGI JETvarnish Evolution is the world’s first commercially available digital print enhancement press for application sizes up to 29x47”/75x120 cm (with substrate weights up to 800 GSM).
The equipment was sold by Konica Minolta, with a total solutions support package and an EngageIT Xmedia business development campaign, according to a joint press release from Embossing Plus, Konica Minolta and MGI.
Every JETvarnish 3D system from MGI includes a suite of tools and utilities – including an "Image Editor" to generate new job prototypes and model profitable alternate design versions; and the "Job Cost Calculator" to predict print job ROI data, operational costs, staff scheduling, project run times and accurate customer pricing information, the press release states.
The release further states: Unlike traditional foil die-making & stamping methods, the MGI digital embossing process does not deform the back side of the sheet with a physical cavity that impairs the look, feel and readability of the printed material (deboss effect). The JETvarnish 3D Series creates a completely 1 sided embossing effect (up to 232 microns in a single pass) with no damage to the reverse side.
“The Embossing Plus Team has a very clear vision to become an industry leader in the digital finishing sector," said Jeff Perkins, Konica Minolta Midwest Region vice president of sales. "We worked closely with them to provide assistance in creating a new business service for fulfilling the growing demand for MGI digital special effects within the print industry.”
Added Kevin Abergel, MGI vice president of marketing and sales: “Embossing Plus represents a new breed of trade finishers who combine traditional methods of skillcraft with the most advanced digital technology in the marketplace. They’ve mastered the art of working with print buyers and brands to create compelling new applications of digital post-press value. They represent the future of finishing in our industry.”
Photo courtesy MGI Digital Graphic Technology