Due to receive their first public outing at February’s Packaging Innovations exhibition, Duplo has introduced a digital foiling option to complement its DuSense ‘spot UV’ digital coater and a new cutter.

The DuSense DigiFoil option works in a similar way to existing foil-over-toner systems but because the foil is applied to the UV-cured oil printed by the DuSense, it takes on the 3D characteristics of the latter, rather than laying flat, which provides a visual complement to the elaborate textures that the DuSense can create. Thanks to a registration system that Duplo says alternatives do not have, the DigiFoil option aligns tightly with the ‘spot UV’ print created by the DigiSense’s 600dpi printheads. Duplo has experimented with a number of foil types and colours and says ‘the final result is a highly accurate, incredibly premium looking finish’.

Complementing this, the PFI Blade B3 Shape Cutter is an X-Y cutter aimed at producing short run packaging, custom-shaped cards, labels and samples. Claimed to have a small footprint and to offer easy to operate ‘green button’ technology, the PFI Blade is said to be affordable and therefore to lower the cost of creating small run items without requiring conventional dies, plus the digital flexibility for each job to be different as required.

Packaging Innovations runs on 26 and 27 February at the NEC, Birmingham.