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Koenig & Bauer releases new MetalStar edition

Koenig & Bauer launched the new MetalStar 4, its most efficient metal decorating machine yet.

The last edition, MetalStar 3 was lunched seven years ago, with over 400 printing units have been installed worldwide.

The MetalStar 4 features a new design with new functions and improvements in the feeder, state-of-the-art measuring technology and new functions for monitoring production and enhancing ergonomics.

What remains unchanged is the MetalStar technology, such as the short and dynamic inking and dampening unit and high-precision register printing thanks to the sheet travel in the gripper closure, as well as the extensive automation features that reduce make-ready times to a minimum.

Key innovations can be found at the feeder. Metal printing-specific updates such as new sensors, newly designed blow pipes and scrapers, and adjustments to the infeed table noticeably increase the reliability of the feeder.

The inline colour measurement and control system MetalControl, which is available for the MetalStar 4, measures the ink densities on each colour patch in the print control strip or on individual colour patches and regulates the ink zones fully automatically every 10 sheets.

The new ErgoTronic console enables the intuitive operation of the MetalStar 4. All settings are made via a 23" touch screen. The console can be equipped with a 75" wall screen on which the measuring results of MetalControl and the individual zone openings in each inking unit are displayed.

In terms of automation, features such as parallel washing of the blanket and impression cylinder with CleanTronic Synchro or parallel washing of the inking unit during blanket washing with DriveTronic SRW (Simultaneous Roller Washing) guarantee the shortest make-ready times in metal decorating.

Each MetalStar 4 is customised directly to the individual needs of the customer and the application. From special equipment packages for UV and UV-LED printing, to a wide range of inline coating options, to the tried-and-tested sheet handling modules and Koenig & Bauer globally proven and highly regarded drying ovens.

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