Vinfoil is a company based in s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, which specializes in the design, production and installation of in-line cold foil modules for offset printing machines. Vinfoil also provides its customers with service, maintenance and personnel training, all with the purpose of optimizing the printing process. The company is owned and managed by Vincent van der Heijden, who has been active in the graphic industry since 1976. Since being established in 2007, Vinfoil has continued to enhance its product line and look for innovative ways to improve the productivity and efficiency of the gloss foil printing process.
Cold foil transfer is a process in which aluminum, transported on a metalized polyester carrier, is applied on paper or cardboard in a conventional offset printing press without the use of heat. An adhesive is first printed on the paper sheet by means of the standard offset printing unit, while on the following printing unit the metalized coating of the polyester carrier is transferred only to the areas where the adhesive has been applied. This results in a silver or gold glossy layer on certain parts of the printed sheet. The glossy layer provides a luxurious metallic look which is especially interesting for products whose packaging requires a strong shelf-appeal, such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, cigarettes, food & beverage, household consumables.
Currently Vinfoil offers two types of Cold Foil modules: the Vinfoil Infigo and the Vinfoil Micro.
The Vinfoil Infigo (exclusive to KBA printing presses) is the most sophisticated cold foil module currently on the market since it offers the best foil saving techniques at the highest production speed with the shortest job changeover times. Many Infigo modules are already in production at big packaging manufacturers all over the world. A modified version of the Vinfoil Infigo can be used to cast UV film onto sheets which results in a holographic image.
The Vinfoil Micro is Infigos little brother, it combines the best foil tension with multi reel technology and an integrated foil core loading system. An interesting characteristic of the Micro module is that it is placed on top of the printing press, which means it does not take up any factory floor space. When it comes to value for money, this module is very attractive for printing companies all over the world.
At the drupa 2016 Vinfoil will present the latest addition to its product line: the Vinfoil Optima. This new module combines the best features of the Vinfoil Infigo and Vinfoil Micro. The Optima module takes up almost no factory floor space since it, like the Micro module, is placed on top of the printing press. Additionally it comes with a Foil Reel Changer which allows for fast preparations of new foil cores. Moreover, since the Vinfoil Optima uses similar foil saving techniques to the Vinfoil Infigo, it achieves the same high levels of efficiency.
Return on Investment and Cold Foil Saving
In the graphic industry it is widely recognized that the most expensive part of Cold Foil application is the actual cold foil itself. Therefore, the most obvious way to reduce expenses would be to minimize the foil usage. Most systems on the market still use a Full Web technique, which means large amounts of foil go to waste. As opposed to Vinfoil machines which utilize several techniques, some of which can be combined, to reduce the foil wastage:
• Multi-Reel (MR): using multiple reels of foil with a smaller width,
• Web Splitting (WS): cutting a large roll of foil into multiple webs with a smaller width,
• Multi Foil Use (MFU) (Patent pending in Europe and USA): allows the foil webs to pass through the system more than once.
Companies looking to invest in a Cold Foil module are oftentimes mainly interested in the initial purchase price of the machine. According to the team of Vinfoil this is not the right way to look at this type of investment. Other factors, such as foil usage and job setup times should be taken into account as well when calculating the Return on Investment. At the Vinfoil stand (Hall16 B65) you will be able to compare a specific job on different machines (both Vinfoil and its competitors) in these terms that should be factored into the Return on Investment driven decision.
Another interesting project that the team of Vinfoil has been working on in cooperation with a team of the Eindhoven University of Technology is the development of a software application called VIFOP. Based on a scan of the sheet that needs to be foiled, VIFOP determines the optimal foil use and calculates exactly how much foil will be required for a certain job. The VIFOP software is available for users of the Infigo and Optima modules and can be used by management to calculate the costs of potential jobs.
With its continuous innovative efforts and the launch of the new Vinfoil Optima module, Vinfoil continues to take steps towards becoming the number one supplier of Cold-Foil modules for printing press manufacturers around the world.
Join us in Hall 16 at stand B65 and learn why a Vinfoil module is the right choice for your business.