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DDC 8000 Foiling Application

Maximising Productivity: Key Features of the DuSense DDC8000 for Automated Print Embellishment

What is print embellishment? It is essentially a printing process that can physically raise or depress parts of a sheet to give it a textured finish. When it comes to getting a brand noticed in a positive way, an embellished print can work well on (to cite just a few examples) a business card, booklet, or box.

 

For print service providers (PSP), it’s not hard to see incentives for you to add print embellishment to your company’s services. Judging from research, some of your clients could even turn out to be willing to pay almost twice as much for a print if it will come embellished.

 

It could prove wonderfully convenient for a PSP to obtain a digital spot UV coating machine also capable of carrying out a wealth of other print embellishment processes — such as embossing, debossing, foiling and varnishing. Fortunately, the Duplo DuSense DDC8000 ticks all of these boxes.

 

It can also run in an automated fashion, enabling your business to save time and money. For a start, by preventing errors, this spot UV machine can save you from having to redo print embellishment jobs. Through getting those jobs done right on the first go, you can improve turnaround times and client satisfaction.

 

What is the DuSense DDC8000?

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DDC 8000

We launched this spot UV coating machine back in 2022. The DuSense DDC8000 has been referred to as a ‘B2’ unit, as it is able to accommodate sheets of B2 size (500mm wide and 707mm long).

 

However, we have also long anticipated PSPs gradually shifting to digital presses that can hold sheets even larger than these B2 dimensions. For this reason, we designed the DDC8000 as a future-proof solution ready to take sheets up to not only 585mm in width but also 1,068 in length.

 

This all returns us to the question: in a nutshell, what actually is the DuSense DDC8000? Though very much a digital spot UV machine, it can also deliver a wide range of other print embellishments — all to high standards and with various processes automated to make the device quick and easy to use.

 

The DuSense DDC8000 is a fully modular system that has been made available in these configurations:  

 

  • Essential: This is stripped down to the essential capabilities of feeding and printing — and, as a result, has a relatively compact footprint measuring just 5,264mm long.
  • Foil: The next step up from the Essential option, this adds a third capability — that of foiling — and consequently has a footprint length of 6,005mm, a little longer than the Essential unit.
  • Pro: Though — like the Foil configuration — this has three main functions, foiling is swapped out for treating, leaving the UV coating printing machine’s overall length at 5,864mm.
  • Ultimate: By going down this route, you basically get everything: feeding, printing, foiling, and treating. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this DDC8000 unit is physically the longest at 6,605mm.

 

Exactly which configuration of DDC8000 you should opt for will ultimately depend on what kind of embellishment printing you are looking to offer.

 

If you have foiling in mind, one bonus of the Foiling option is its inclusion of an inline Cold Foiling Unit that would let you undertake two useful processes — spot UV coating and cold foiling — in a single pass. With this multifaceted functionality, you can create attractive designs delightfully quickly.

 

Meanwhile, the Pro configuration can be provided with the Surface Treatment Unit, which allows the lamination aspect of print embellishment to be taken out of the equation.

 

You shouldn’t overlook the efficiency you would be able to unlock by using the DuSense DDC8000 UV coating machine for digital print projects. A barcode scanner built into the system enables varying sets of UV/foiling instructions to be time-effectively loaded into the software as and when required.

 

This would make it easier for you to switch quickly and smoothly between embellishment printing jobs even when they differ significantly in what they ask for.

 

Add Spot UV Digital Printing to Your Remit

 

What is UV coating? The ‘UV’ stands for ‘ultraviolet’, a type of light used for making polymer resin hard and dry once it has been applied to print materials. The result will be a solid and shiny finish that improves both the durability and aesthetic appeal of those materials.

 

However, while the term ‘UV coating’ might be used when the resin is coated across an entire surface, it would be more specific to say ‘spot UV coating’ when the resin is strategically placed only on specific parts of the sheet; for instance, particular words or images that are already part of the on-sheet design.

 

The spot-coated elements can easily catch the light and so draw attention to details that would particularly warrant it. As spot UV coating is one of the printing industry’s most commonly used embellishments, many PSPs competing with your own are likely to have spot UV printers.

 

You could therefore be missing out on a lot of valuable custom if you don’t currently have a spot UV printing machine at your PSP’s premises. As a unit versatile in not only the paper formats it handles but also the embellishments it can produce, the DuSense DDC8000 could help you to fill such a gap.

 

The DDC8000 can, in one pass, apply a UV coating in any thickness between 10 and 80 microns. Nonetheless, keep in mind that, as Duplo International product specialist Andy Cuff has advised, a two-pass process would be better if you want to achieve fine details with coatings thicker than 40 microns.

 

Other Embellishment Printing Options

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Embellishment options

In a fiercely competitive landscape where it can feel increasingly arduous for brands to distinguish themselves from the crowd, embellishment printing could be the magic ingredient. Here is a rundown of various alternative embellishment procedures to help you stand out against your competitors. As you read the following descriptions, you could find yourself garnering creative ideas for how to use these processes on leaflets, brochures, and other print publicity materials.

 

  • Die-cutting: This can be carried out with physical dies or through digital means using lasers. Either way, the objective is to cut shapes out of light substrates, such as pieces of paper.
  • Foiling: Here, you would be bringing metallic touches to two-dimensional designs. The hues you could choose from for those metallic elements might include gold, silver, and copper.
  • Embossing: This method involves applying pressure in a particular shape to a substrate in order to give it a specific image or design in a physically raised form.
  • Debossing: As the word itself suggests, this works very much the opposite way to embossing, in that it involves depressing — rather than raising — specific parts of the material.
  • Varnishing: If you reckon that a particular print could do with some (literal) shine, why not consider adding varnish? It can be sourced in a range of finishes — including satin and matte.
  • Aqueous coating: Printed materials that are likely to be handled in moist environments could benefit from being given aqueous coatings. Each of these would provide a waterproof finish as well as aid in protecting the material against the risk of scratches and smudges.

 

 

Research has demonstrated that tactile packaging brings out an emotional response from recipients. The forms of print embellishment outlined above deliver a level of distinction that could serve your PSP especially well if it has clients who regularly use print to promote luxury goods or special events.

 

It can also be fitting for companies that tend to launch print marketing campaigns for special times of year, such as Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s Day. After all, wouldn’t unusual visual effects be appropriate for helping to spread the word about seasonal products destined to only be available for a limited time?

 

Contact Us for Print Embellishment Solutions

 

There are many imaginative possibilities with embellishment printing. These include emulating the texture of leather or water or putting raised and matte finishes together to make for an enticing contrast.

 

You could familiarise your PSP’s clients with such options, not to mention point out print embellishment’s effectiveness in improving response rates. With a dedicated article on the subject of print embellishment, we can educate you on compelling reasons for your company to stock up on spot UV printers.

 

Our website includes details of UV printing technology built into the DuSense DDC8000. To learn how this versatile product can elevate your business, contact us today!

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