IST METZ Counting Down to drupa

Drupa 2012 is set to run May 3-16, 2012, in Düsseldorf, Germany.

For example, a Speedmaster XL 75-5+L sheet-fed offset press from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen will be printing all the components of a tangram game: the outer packaging, the playing instructions, the packaging for the playing pieces and the playing cards. The customers can take away the puzzle game directly afterwards as a memento.

Using a second inkjet printing press from manufacturer m print, IST METZ will be demonstrating an integrated solution for the drying of UV colors on self-adhesive materials. This comprises an IST end-of-press drying and an LED pinning system from strategic partner Integration Technology Ltd. Self-adhesive banderoles for chocolate bars will be manufactured on the machine.

Both presses, however, are enormous and must be very carefully set up to avoid any interruptions during the printing demonstration. The Heidelberg Speedmaster XL-75, for example, has five color decks and one coating unit around 14 meters long, four meters wide and almost two meters high. These components need to be accurately adjusted until everything runs smoothly. A good two weeks before the trade fair starts, there will thus be plenty to do for the approximately 45 IST METZ employees present in Düsseldorf, setting up and organizing the trade fair stand together with the colleagues from the printing press manufacturers.

“With these printing demonstrations, we will be able to show exactly how accurate and impressive the work carried out by our UV units is—it will certainly be worth the effort,” says Dirk Jaegers. “It involves a lot of work, is however also a unique selling point that makes us stand out. And the successful results from past trade fair appearances confirm this!”

IST METZ GmbH will be taking part in drupa 2012 from 3 to 16 May in Hall 2 at Stand B20.

Source: IST METZ.