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No more hand-cut coating blankets

Nov 1, 2001 12:00 AM

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Spot- and pattern-coating jobs may look dazzling, but some printers are wary of the time and expense required to make a rubber or photopolymer coating plate.

At Print 01, Gerber Innovations' (Manchester, CT) offered an alternative to hand-cutting blankets. Its Sector blanket-production system automatically processes blankets for spot-, knockout- and flood-coating applications. It is comprised of driver software said to fit seamlessly into existing prepress workflows and a compact cutting unit that can be placed anywhere in a production facility. Blankets can be cut to the exact size of each coating unit, reducing the need for extensive blanket inventories.

A standardized blanket sheet from DAY International (Dayton, OH) accommodates midsize presses up to 33 x 42 inches. A rigid backing prevents stretching and distortion.