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Konica Minolta launches JETVarnish 3D Evolution in Southeast Asia

The MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution delivers extra added-value and sensory dimensional textures to printed output in larger formats

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia Pacific announced the launch of the MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution series. The Evolution was launched at the Open House event held at Konica Minolta’s Customer Engagement Centre in Singapore on 21st June. The small and targeted event was attended by 30 customers mostly from Singapore and Malaysia.

The MGI JETvarnish 3D Evolution is the world’s first B1+ scalable sheetfed digital enhancement press. The Evolution has been specially designed to offer digital and offset print providers a scalable upgrade path, suited for those looking to expand and upgrade their services with larger formats and quicker prototyping.

The solution applies Spot UV coating to produce vivid and tactile applications with a variety of 2D and 3D effects with up to 232 microns in a single pass on top of CMYK print. With the Evolution, users are allowed short run customization flexibility. The solution is equipped with Variable Data Enhancement (VDE) kit to provide variable data for text, graphics and images for personalization on every piece produced.

The award-winning iFoil-L Hot Foiling system is an in-line option for the Evolution for application of real foil. It can produce high-value foil stamping and embossing effects within a 100% digital process. The system supports multiple-coloured foils (up to five colours) applied in one pass. A highlight of the system is the ability to do foil-on-foil. The fully digital embellishment eliminates the need for plates, screens and dies.

The Large Format Difference

The MGI JETvarnish Evolution is the first commercially available digital print enhancement press for application sizes up to 75x120 cm. The Evolution series is available in B2, B2 landscape and B1 formats.

Delivering quick turnarounds and short-runs, the solution has high volume productivity with up to 4,065 B2 size sheets per hour and can handle media thickness of up to 800gsm.

The ability to print in larger format allows for a wider range of demanding applications, especially within the packaging space. The solution is also targeted for commercial printing and publishing such as book covers, business cards or greeting cards, brochures, flyers, posters, magazines, photo books, amongst many others.

Perfect Registration with AIS Smart Scanner

Unique to MGI, the JETvarnish 3D Evolution is fitted with the revolutionary Artificial Intelligence SmartScanner (AIS). The scanner uses artificial intelligence to automatically control varnish and hot foil registration for inkjet heads over the preprinted sheet. It ensures high precision for every print job by readjusting to print defects or misalignment on each sheet in real-time. The scanner has proven to be able to reduce more than 80% of setup time and minimise wastage costs.

The Corona Surface Treatment option has been integrated into the series to expand substrate compatibility and printed ink options. This option optimises varnish adhesion on complex printed substrates and modifies the surface tension. The treatment helps improve printability of the materials, so users can save time and reduce costs on lamination processes.

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