Nilpeter reaches milestone with 100th FP-4 flatbed unit for hot foil and embossing

FP-4 unit integrated into Nilpeter FA-3 Flexo Press.
An FP-4 unit integrated into the Nilpeter FA-3 Flexo Press.

The first FP-4 was installed in January of 2012, and according to the OEM, the unit has proven to be a game-changer – creating freedom of design with the possibility of separating embossing and foiling, using two units or more, while dramatically reducing tooling costs and providing a more sustainable and economic use of foil. The 100th FP-4 unit has just rolled off Nilpeter’s assembly line and will be installed with a Panorama Digital Press. One of the first 99 went to Auroflex in Italy.

“Since July 2014, where we integrated the FP-4 unit in our Nilpeter FA-3 Flexo Press, we’ve improved our company’s productivity. Printing time is reduced for many jobs by as much as 50%, print quality has improved due to the accuracy of the FP-4 unit and the inline process, and we’ve reduced the use of the offline finishing to one shift,” said Auroflex Chairman Fabio Butera. Nilpeter added that it predicts continued success with the hot foil and embossing units, and currently sees a steady rise in the demand for labels and flexible packaging with embellishment features – especially from a growing wine and spirits sector.

Nilpeter Technology Center.
Nilpeter Technology Center.

The FP-4 enables inline foiling and embossing in combination with all Nilpeter presses, and is especially suitable for markets where embellishment features are key, such as wine and spirits and health and beauty. The FP-4 unit features simultaneous embossing and/or foil opportunities and can be integrated in any desired position in the printing process. Interested North American customers can test the FP-4 unit at the Nilpeter Technology Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visitors can experience the FP-4 unit in action on a print job of their own, or choose from Nilpeter’s wide range of ready-to-print jobs. In addition to offering printing demonstrations, Nilpeter’s North American Technology Center serves as a showcase for LEAN production environments with optimized pre-press, testing and proofing areas.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.