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Foil preparation unit

The Optima features a variety of foil preparation devices, ranging from a straightforward manual frame to a fully automated job preparation system. These tools are crafted to accelerate changeovers and ensure the precise alignment of foil rolls, significantly easing the workload on operators.

With the capability to manage both the unwinding and rewinding reel at the same time, they effectively reduce changeover times by half. This spectrum of foil preparation solutions enhances the Optima’s operational efficiency and competitive edge.

Foil peparation unit

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Double Shaft Preparation Frame (SPF2)

SPF2 is an easy tool for preparing fresh reels and empty cores before or during production. The MFSC exist of 2 SPF frames, one extra frame and: Integrated rulers for optimum reel placement. Easily transportable by forklift or pallet truck. Can be positioned on the operator side or the drive side of the printing press 2 (two) additional 3” bi-directional locking shafts

Foil Shaft Changer (FSC)

With the Vinfoil Foil Shaft Changer (FSC), your job can be prepared before or during production. Pre-set data, provided by the Vinfoil Foil Optimizing Program (VIFOP) software, enables a foil changeover in approx. 6 minutes. Changing the reels takes place at ground level ensuring an easy and safe operation.

Shaft Preparation Frame (SPF)

With the shaft preparation frame, two shafts (unwinding and rewinding can be (un)loaded simultaneously. The frame can then be easily moved by a pallet truck to the desired location to unload the rolls and load the new ones.


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frequently asked questions

frequently asked Questions

Using a standard offset plate, an image is printed onto a substrate by the use of a tacky adhesive. Foil spools from an unwind and is nipped to a substrate. The aluminium particles from the cold foil layer are released from the polyester film and transferred to the substrate by the tack of the glue.
An image with a bright surface is created on the sheet. Foil that does not adhere to the adhesive remains on the 12um film, and waste is directed to a rewind spool or to a shredder (Vinfoil Infigo systems).

Because the adhesive is applied like a conventional ink, no expensive stamping die has to be created. Once printed, the surface of cold foil images may be overprinted and varnished.
  • Enables full-surface sheet decoration at high speeds
  • High-speed applications up to 20,000 sheets per hour overprinting can be done inline and offline
  • Eliminates the need for engraved hot stamping dies
  • Allows use of standard offset printing plates, rollers, washing agents, rubber blankets for applying the adhesive
  • Using multiple parallel-running, narrow foil rolls, the foil consumption can be minimized and made more economical
  • Job changeovers, with or without foil, can be performed in just minutes
  • No need to apply opaque white – the foil is simply omitted in the relevant areas
  • Outstanding flatness of the output – optimal further processing
  • Speed-to-market potential – very short production times
  • Ideal for small print runs and frequent job changeovers

Multiple Foil Use (MFU) is Vinfoil’s patented foil saving technology.

By guiding the foil web back into the printing nip (after transferring parts of the metallic layer for the first time) a foil web can be used up to 3 times during the same job and foil savings up to 85% can be reached. (Compared to full web and laminated board, depending on the job.)


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Designing a Vinfoil cold transfer solution requires our team of experts to always listen to and understand the needs of our customers and the market. Every feature of Vinfoil’s unique cold transfer technology has been created with this thought in mind.
“Despite the space challenge we had when starting the project, we are very proud of the result. It was good to meet with Vinfoil in July to arrange a perfect fit for our factory.”
Mr. Nicolas Prevot

Maintenance Manager - DS Smith, France

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