Masterwork unveils newest Duopress foil stamping, stripping and die-cutting machine

Masterwork 21060STEs Duopress.
Masterwork’s MK21060STEs Duopress foil stamping, stripping and die-cutting machine.

Masterwork USA, a leading finishing manufacturer of folding carton and packaging equipment, has introduced its newest Duopress model – the MK21060STEs foil stamping and die-cutting machine now featuring better stability, additional technology and a faster maximum speed of 6,000 sph. “We’re pleased to unveil the Duopress MK21060STEs for the post-press market,” said Wayne Zheng, Marketing Manager for Masterwork USA. “Our expert research and development team have designed a new and exceptionally better computerized foil controlling system, which can handle complex foil advance calculations to help reduce foil usage up to 60%. They’ve increased the speed on the Duopress to 6,000 sheet per hour, which is really 12,000 because it’s producing three processes in one pass through the press – foil stamping, die-cutting and stripping. This new model offers maximum flexibility and can meet the exacting requirements to accurately register foiling, die-cutting and stripping processes in one pass – which traditional machine processes are unlikely to deliver. Masterwork is the only company to offer this type of machine,” Zheng added.

Masterwork Duopress machines are designed with both foil stamping and die cutting functions in one pass to provide increased accuracy and maximum efficiency. One pass offers excellent register between die-cutting and foil stamping. If an operator has to feed the paper through two machines, the positioning of the paper may be slightly different and the die-cut and foil stamping might not be as accurate. The machine can also be optioned to stamp two separate foil applications in one pass in its two platens. The foil stamping system on the MK21060STEs is equipped with three longitudinal foil advance pulls and two transverse foil advance pulls that offer flexibility on the most rigorous production processes.

Additional key features include a non-stop feeder, pile changes that can be achieved while the machine is in operation with the help of non-stop swords, and adjustments on the feeder that are made easy via micro-adjustments. Operators are able to set the machine using die-cutting plate micro-adjustments for the most detailed of jobs. Its central registration system also dramatically reduces plate-changing time. It can handle large-format die cutting and foil stamping with longitudinal and transverse foil pull systems. Error tolerance of 1 mm during foil unwinds and an accurate PID heating system that controls its 20 independent heating zones, are other key features.

“The past 20 years has seen rapid product development,” Zheng added. “Masterwork has introduced six major lines including 70 different specification products, covering hot foil stamping, die-cutting, inspection, folding-gluing, digital inkjet, and gravure printing presses. All of these products enable Masterwork to provide a professional, comprehensive and customized solution for customers in the cigarette, beverage, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic and electronic packaging industries.”


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.