Isimat becomes a member of the Kurz Group

Fürth/Germany, 27 July 2017: The specialist for print finishing solutions Leonhard Kurz has acquired the screen printing machine manufacturer Isimat, which has its headquarters in Ellwangen, Germany. Isimat develops and builds high-performance printing machines that are used to decorate complex shaped glass and plastic packaging. The company will continue to conduct its business as an independent subsidiary of Kurz under the ongoing leadership of Torsten Hirschnitz and with the same contact persons for its cus-tomers.

“Isimat offers the glass and cosmetics industries unique possibilities for printing multicolored exclusive designs with high registration accuracy,” explains Ljubisa Drinic, Head of Business Area Application at Kurz and, together with Dirk Bockwinkel, a member of the Supervisory Board at Isimat. “The company now also has the ability to draw upon the extensive range of competencies of the Kurz Group. Thanks to the Kurz subsidiaries Baier with its hot stamping systems, and Hinderer + Mühlich with its hot stamping dies, we possess experience in mechanical engineering and the development of single-source solutions for packaging decoration. Isimat's particular engineering ingenuity combined with the global strength and innovative capacity of Kurz creates synergies to deliver innovative solutions for cosmetics and glass packaging. Using our collective know-how, Isimat is able to offer its customers new decoration possibilities to open up market opportunities and strengthen their competitive position.”

Kurz and Isimat are longstanding technology partners who jointly developed, and brought to series production readiness, the patented Inline Foiling decoration process. Inline Foiling allows metallizations to be transferred to glass and plastic containers at high speeds. This process produces high-gloss metallic designs that have not previously been achievable using other decoration technologies. Kurz, as the specialist in decorative and functional coatings, developed the foil technology for this novel transfer process, and Isimat the machine technology. “This success story will now be continued,” declares Drinic. 

About KURZ: The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technolo-gy. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils for a large variety of applications. The range includes metallized, pigmented and holographic stamping foils for packaging or print products, surface finishes for electronic devices or automotive parts, protective and decorative lacquers for furniture or household appliances, authenticity features for brand name items, metallic applications for textiles, and different types of coatings for many other applications. With over 5,000 employees in twelve production plants in Europe, Asia and the USA, 24 international subsidiaries and a global network of agencies and sales offices, the KURZ Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of products for surface finishing, decoration, marking and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. KURZ also continuously invests in new technologies, and is developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces.

Further information www.kurz.de


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Screen printing machine manufacturer achieves a new level of quality in hybrid printing with AWPTM plates

Tokyo, Japan, and Brussels, Belgium, 24 April 2017 – Asahi Photoproducts, a leading company in the development of photopolymer printing plates for flexo printing, has won over ISIMAT GmbH Siebdruckmaschinen based in Ellwangen with the performance potential of its AWPTM flexo printing plates. The internationally renowned manufacturer of high-performance screen printing machines for multi-colour printing onto tubes, glass and plastic articles uses the water-washable printing plates to great effect on its ISIMAT tube hybrid printing machines. The Asahi plates are used to print onto extruded cosmetics tubes of all kinds. It allows ISIMAT to realise the brilliant colour and highly detailed print results that are more commonly achieved using other printing technologies.

"The primary reason we decided to recommend the AWPTM plates from Asahi to our customer is the fact that with these plates there is no swelling when using UV inks. The print results are excellent, and this is consistently confirmed by feedback from our customers. Other benefits include the high register accuracy of the Asahi- AWPTM printing plates as well as the good ink transfer and very smooth highlights we can achieve with very fine dots. In addition, spot colours and screened images can be combined on the same printing plate," says Bernd Egetemeir, Technical Product Manager at ISIMAT.
ISIMAT uses the Asahi printing plates in a hybrid screen printing and flexo printing machine. The image is implemented using flexo printing, whereas the texture is created using screen printing. The machine manufacturer values the long plate life time, accuracy of detail and very good printing results at a dot size below 5% as the key benefits of the AWPTM plates. The global availability of AWPTM plates is also a benefit that is well-received by the internationally-minded sales department for ISIMAT printing presses, who exports 75 percent of its equipment. In addition, many users are paying increasing attention to the environmental balance of the Asahi water-washable – and thus solvent-free – AWPTM plates.

A further application for the Asahi plates at ISIMAT is combination printing with its patented inLINE FOILING® decorative technique. The new film printing process generates decorative metallised multi-colour effects on round, oval and square glass and plastic articles. Decorative inLINE FOILING® effects supplement screen printed and/or flexo printed images. inLINE FOILING® can be implemented together with screen and flexo printing in a single machine run. The Asahi plates are used here primarily for overprinting. This enables more brand design options with metallic decorative effects – such as large surfaces, negative texts and metallised effects that are custom-coloured via over-coating.

The Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer of the AWPTM plate

The AWPTM printing plates from Asahi are water-washable plates that are unequalled in flexo print production in terms of quality as well as productivity. The Pinning Technology for Clean Transfer used in the AWPTM printing plate permits clean ink transfer and prevents the printing ink from building up on the plate surface and collecting on the edges of grid points. This means that fewer cleaning intervals are required and machine idle times are reduced.
Precise plate-to-plate register also results in a significant improvement in print quality. Both precise register and complete ink transfer take the quality of flexo printing to a whole new level using AWPTM, and set-up time for a new job on the printing press is reduced to a minimum. This is particularly profitable for the smaller lot sizes that are increasingly common today. All of this adds up to an increase of up to 33% in overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) when using AWPTM printing plates in comparison with standard flexo printing plates.

Further information on printing plates from Asahi is available from www.Asahi-Photoproducts.com.

Change of Management at ISIMAT GmbH Screen Printing Machines

Torsten Hirschnitz becomes the new CEO of ISIMAT GmbH Screen Printing Machines in Ellwangen.

In November 2016 Torsten Hirschnitz becomes the new CEO of ISIMAT GmbH Screen Printing Machines in Ellwangen. He succeeds Sylvia Detzner who hands up the Management.

Participation of ISIMAT at the "Glasstec" and "K 2016"

In 2016 the worlds No 1 exhibitions for the Glass industry – Glasstec 2016 – and for the plastic industry – K 2016 - took place in Düsseldorf/Germany in the same year and it was a great challenge for ISIMAT team to present its products within 60 days on both exhibitions.

The fantastic appearance of our booths, the highest number of visitors ever we had the pleasure to welcome on our booth and the fantastic feedback during and after the shows made us very proud and showed that we fully met all expectations. Our technical solutions and innovations, especially the inline foiling for the stunning metallic decoration of plastic and glass hollowware, attracted an immense attention in the glass and plastic industries.

ISIMAT thanks all visitors for coming over and for sharing and discussing our latest developments with us.

K 2016

New Website!

Our new web site invites you to take a closer look at ISIMAT and at our range of printing machines for direct container printing. If something is of interest to you please send us an information request.
We hope you will enjoy your visit.

inLINE FOILING® smoothes the way for UV inks in glass decoration

ISIMAT and KURZ developed inLINE FOILING®: direct foil printing of metallised images onto glass bottles, glass drinkware and plastic containers. Bernd Egetemeir, Product Manager, answers our questions.

How does inLINE FOILING® smoothe the way?

BE: The use of UV inks in glass decoration has increased over the past few years, but printing metallic images with UV inks is not possible. Up to now, glass decorators had to use thermoplastic inks and precious metal inks for glass decoration that required a metallic sheen. inLINE FOILING® uses UV-curable adhesives and a cold foil. inLINE FOILING® complements glass decoration with UV inks: metallic images can be added to UV glass decoration in one machine pass.

But does hot stamping not do what you claim inLINE FOILING® can do?

BE: Only to a certain extent. Hot stamping uses a UV-curable primer; the process is not easy to control. A few glass decorators have developed their own expertise and can control the process. However, production speed is reduced, and over-printing of hot stamped images can be tricky.

How fast is inLINE FOILING®?

BE: Production speed with inLINE FOILING® is up to 50 glass bottles per minute.

Is over-printability a big issue?

BE: Excellent over-printability is a major advantage for inLINE FOILING® compared to hot stamping. We did not appreciate this in the beginning. KURZ emphasised the advantage: over-printability makes it possible to use only silver foil and then screen print differently tinted varnishes onto the silver to create differently coloured metallic sheens in one machine pass. Look at the decoration of the LIONOVKA bottle, metallic shines in three colours: silver, gold and magenta.

Metallised images can enhance the look of glass decoration – but not every decoration needs a metallic image.

BE: That is true, and therefore we made the inLINE FOILING®-unit interchangeable with a screen printing head: when inLINE FOILING® is not required then the station can be used as a screen printing station.  This way we give our customers maximum flexibility in production.

TH 9: Flexo, Screen and inLINE FOILING®

Dafo, a Polish tube manufacturer, thoroughly evaluated tube printing machines that offer screen printing, flexo printing and foil printing of metallised images in one machine pass. inLINE FOILING® swayed the decision to go with ISIMAT’s TH 9: inLINE FOILING® is a cold process that exerts minimum pressure on mandrels and minimum thermal stress on sleeves/tubes.

The TH 9 started production this summer.