Harris & Bruno Expands Thin Substrate Handling Capabilities

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H&B ExcelCoat offline/inline coaters come standard with an advanced thin substrate handling system.

Harris and Bruno offline UV coater

Harris & Bruno International announces enhanced thin substrate capabilities available on the ExcelCoat series of offline/inline sheet coaters. The innovative ExcelCoat Thin Substrate Kit allows AQ and UV coating of substrates as thin as 0.0035”. 

By utilizing specially designed air blast nozzles and air knives, this feature allows thin substrates to efficiently and reliably move through the coating head without wrapping. The ExcelCoat Thin Substrate Kit allows for consistent run speed for thin substrates and is incorporated on all new machines and as an upgrade to existing machines. 

To learn more about thin substrate capabilities on ExcelCoat, contact your regional sales representative.

Harris & Bruno manufactures the highest quality machines built to excel in the most demanding production environments. Current products focus on offline/inline coating systems, chamber/anilox, and related fluid pumping systems. With customers spanning the globe, H&B is proud to have a worldwide network of service and support teams. Contact us today for more information.

H&B Brings Value Added Coating Solutions to Dscoop EMEA 2019

PORTAVENTURA, SPAIN — Attendees of the June 19-21 Dscoop EMEA Conference are invited to visit Harris & Bruno International at Booth #69 and see how the ExcelCoat series of sheet and web coaters can add an “edge” to HP prints.

With many installations in cooperation with HP worldwide, H&B is highly experienced in coating to complement and enhance HP Indigo and PWI print. Come meet with members of the H&B team to discover more about advancements in thin substrate handling, optically registered spot coating, duplex web coating, and specialty coating embellishment trends. 

A proud global partner of HP for many years, the H&B booth will showcase various HP prints coated on the ExcelCoat series of sheet web coaters. Visitors are encouraged to stop by Booth #69 to see a variety of PWI and Indigo prints coated with everything from primers to common liquid chemistries and specialty embellishment coatings. 

Printers Excited about Enhancements Possible with Harris & Bruno ExcelCoat ZRS Spot Coater

Harris & Bruno ExcelCoat ZRS spot coating sample with high gloss embellishments over soft touch coating and glue flap knockouts
This spot coating sample shows how the multi-functional ExcelCoat ZRS utilizes “High Throughput” mode for glue flap knockout jobs and “High Accuracy” mode for embellishments requiring tight registration.

Printers across the world are excited about coating enhancements possible with the Harris & Bruno International ExcelCoat ZRS Spot Coater for AQ and UV.

“Excitement is about the opportunities for both commercial and packaging printers who need a high-end, spot coating solution,” said Scott Michels, Harris & Bruno Vice President of Global Business Development.

The ExcelCoat ZRS Spot Coater features a two-mode registration system to fit any printer’s needs. “High Throughput” mode uses a lead-edge sheet sensor to register spot coating for glue flap knockout jobs. “High Accuracy” mode for coating embellishments utilizes a high-speed camera sensor and servo drives to position each individual sheet for tight registration accuracy.

A ZRS is running every day in the Harris & Bruno ExcelCoat Innovation Center. Contact us at marketing@harris-bruno.com for a sample, or if you’d like to send us your prints for a free, customized sample run.

The ExcelCoat ZRS Spot Coater is a high-throughput, multipurpose machine that raises the bar in advanced finishing machinery. Utilizing a quick-change flexo-style plate system and sophisticated camera registration technology, the ZRS is the perfect fit for packaging and commercial print applications.

Harris & Bruno ExcelCoat ZRS Workflow Center Open House a Success

H&B Vice President of Operations Jim Riga briefly explains the ExcelCoat ZRS design features and answers technical questions before a demonstration takes place during a March 11-12 Harris & Bruno International open house.

H&B Vice President of Operations Jim Riga briefly explains the ExcelCoat ZRS design features and answers technical questions before a demonstration takes place during a March 11-12 Harris & Bruno International open house.

ROSEVILLE, Calif.—Harris & Bruno International announces that the first open house of its ExcelCoat ZRS Flood/Spot Coater workflow center March 11–12 was a success, already resulting in at least one ZRS sale, with more demonstrations planned.

Innovation Center Manager Graeme Pawson utilizes the Soma Engineering Flexmont 850S Plate Mounter to prepare a SpeedMount Sleeve for spot coating on the ExcelCoat ZRS.

Innovation Center Manager Graeme Pawson utilizes the Soma Engineering Flexmont 850S Plate Mounter to prepare a SpeedMount Sleeve for spot coating on the ExcelCoat ZRS.

“We’re excited for customers to see the ExcelCoat ZRS’s various spot coating capabilities,” Vice President of Global Business Development Scott Michels said about why the open house was held. “We have perfected our optical registration system and this was our first time showcasing the entire workflow, from pre-press, to plate cutting, mounting, and running the machine.”

Among the highlights of the open house, customers were most drawn to the accuracy of ExcelCoat’s spot registration and the swiftness of every setup or changeover.

“Soft touch, gloss, priming, H&B can take care of you,” said attending Hewlett Packard Executive Account Manager Eric Zirbel. “Just a very well-built machine. Given my technical/mechanical background and testing various pieces of equipment, I have to say that I am impressed with the workmanship. A great value for production and quality.”

The ExcelCoat ZRS Spot Coater is a high-throughput, multipurpose machine that raises the bar in advanced finishing machinery. Utilizing a quick-change flexo-style plate system and sophisticated camera registration technology, the ZRS is the perfect fit for packaging and commercial print applications. Harris & Bruno is planning more open houses, and encourages anyone interested in attending the next one to send an email to sales@harris-bruno.com.

How to Engage Your Customers’ Senses Using Coating

Care to Taste the success of Hearing customers’ praises as their Senses are awakened through your prints? Via Harris & Bruno International’s celebrated coating system:

Sight: From smooth-as-ice UV gloss to sparkling glitter, eye-catching coating applied with Harris & Bruno’s specialized anilox rolls via our renowned coating system and 1-3 fully automated pumping units is sure to wow!

Touch: While flipping through advertisements, it’s the velvety soft touch of a post card, package or magazine cover that will always provoke the public’s attention to rub the specialized coating applied via H&B’s unmatched coating system.

Smell: Are your customers interested in scratch and smell coating? Would the scent of a fruit or fragrance add just that extra pop with which your customers wish to engage their clients? Harris & Bruno’s dependable equipment can do it with your preferred coating supplier.

For more information about how to engage your customers’ senses using coating, contact your Harris & Bruno International Regional Manager or email sales@harris-bruno.com for more information.

Priming Sheet and Web for Success

ExcelCoat Corona Treatment Unit

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It’s a fact that digital ink needs primed substrate for the sticking power necessary to pass an adhesion tape test. Sure, your paper provider is more than happy to sell you OEM-approved substrate, for just a little premium. But as you begin to schedule more jobs on your digital presses to minimize costs, have you pondered saving money by priming your own sheets on an ExcelCoat sheet-fed or web coater?

For example, if you’re running 500,000 sheets per month, and the extra cost to buy pre-treated substrates versus priming them via ExcelCoat is an extra $0.04 per sheet—it would save you $25,000 per month if you primed via ExcelCoat.

To see an ROI Priming Payback Calculator, in which you can enter your specific operation costs in order to understand savings particular to you, contact your H&B Regional Sales Manager or email sales@harris-bruno.com for more information.

3 Tips for Running Grit

The Harris & Bruno International Duo Mixer is an advanced mixing and antifoaming device that works by introducing a large air bubble into the bottom of a tank.

Got your operators gritting their teeth about the new assignment of applying grit coating over a specialized job? Call Harris & Bruno. We have the equipment and experience to make it happen. Here are some tips:

  1. H&B’s trusted chamber/anilox metering system—featuring proper metering blades an anilox roll of the correct volume to carry large particulates
  2. A pumping system utilizing Smart Pumps with Viscosity Control to keep the coating moving at the correct speed
  3. A Duo Mixer in the coating pail able to keep a proper mix of the coating without particulates settling to the bottom

For more information, contact your Harris & Bruno International Regional Manager or email sales@harris-bruno.com for more information.

Harris & Bruno Remote Support Now Standard on Every ExcelCoat

Harris & Bruno spot coater, web coater, Remote Support

Harris & Bruno Remote Support is now standard on every ExcelCoat sheetfed coater, left, and ExcelCoat web coater, right.

ROSEVILLE, CA — Harris & Bruno International announces that Remote Support is now a standard feature on every ExcelCoat offline/inline coater for UV & AQ.

“This new option allows us to access a customer’s machine in real time to help diagnose problems quickly and efficiently, minimizing down-time and getting customers back into production quicker,” said H&B Global Service Manager Doug Corbett. 

Remote Support for sheetfed or web ExcelCoats includes a web cam for troubleshooting coating application or mechanical issues, and Wi-Fi access for remote electrical diagnostics. Remote Support retrofits are available for prior installs.

H&B Remote Support became standard due to the increase of large, integrated printers utilizing ExcelCoats across multiple shifts.

“We are very excited to be adding a Remote Support option to help enhance our customer service capabilities,” Corbett said.

Harris & Bruno manufactures the highest quality machines built to excel in the most demanding production environments. Current products focus on offline/inline coating systems, chamber/anilox, and related fluid pumping systems. With customers spanning the globe, H&B is proud to have a worldwide network of service and support teams. Visit our website or contact us today for more information: www.harris-bruno.com

Allen Press Acquires Industry Leading H&B ExcelCoat ZR30 Coater

Harris & Bruno International ExcelCoat ZR30 Sheetfed Coater for AQ & UV Installed at Allen Press

H&B ExcelCoat ZR30 Sheetfed Coater installed at Allen Press

Lawrence, Kan. – October 20, 2018 – Allen Press, Inc. is excited to announce the purchase of an ExcelCoat ZR30, manufactured by Harris & Bruno International. The ExcelCoat ZR30 greatly expands in-house specialty coating capabilities, allowing Allen Press to produce top-quality products with even more efficiency.

“We decided on H&B because they have the absolute best coaters in our industry, with the newest technology,” said Allen Press CEO Randy Radosevich. “We want to offer superior full-service printing to our customers and the ExcelCoat ZR30 provides that premium level coating you can’t get at most print shops. Our customers will love the coating effects the ExcelCoat ZR30 can deliver and the quality difference will be very noticeable.”

Installed in August 2018, the new coater efficiently produces digital sized sheet print jobs with different coating technologies and impeccably applies aqueous soft touch coating to digitally printed projects. With recent purchases such as two digital presses, a die cutter and foil stamper, and a saddle stitcher, Allen Press has positioned itself as one of the industry’s most modern and innovate printing companies.

“We have been so impressed by the breadth of offerings that Allen Press provides,” Sean Tobler, Harris & Bruno International Regional Manager said. “They are growing quickly, adding innovative equipment and have a super tenacious team. H&B is looking forward to helping Allen Press expand their capabilities and offer more to their customers through value-added coating application.”

The ExcelCoat ZR30 has already been producing high-quality results, running a number of digital sized projects. With the new coater’s versatility, high speed and premium quality as well as the professionalism and care shown by Harris & Bruno International, Allen Press customers will benefit for years to come.

“The entire H&B team has been pros to work with. From sales to project managers to the installation. Even H&B President Nick Bruno checked in to ensure we were completely satisfied,” said Allen Press CEO Randy Radosevich.  “It’s been one of the best experiences in working with a vendor on a new equipment install. And we’ve installed lots of new equipment over the last few years.”

Visit http://blog.harris-bruno.com/category/testimonials/ to read how Allen Press and other printers rely on the Harris & Bruno series of ExcelCoat offline/inline coaters for UV and AQ.

Harris & Bruno International manufactures the highest-quality machines built to excel in the most demanding production environments. Current products focus on offline/inline coating systems, chamber/anilox, and related fluid pumping systems. With customers spanning the globe, H&B is proud to have a worldwide network of service and support teams. Visit our website or contact us today for more information: www.harris-bruno.com

Allen Press Acquires Industry Leading H&B ExcelCoat ZR30 Coater

Harris & Bruno International ExcelCoat ZR30 Sheetfed Coater for AQ & UV Installed at Allen Press

H&B ExcelCoat ZR30 Sheetfed Coater installed at Allen Press

Q: Introduce yourself, your title, and your company?
A:
Randy Radosevich, CEO of Allen Press.

Q: When did you purchase an ExcelCoat and what kind do you have?
A:
The ExcelCoat ZR30 was purchased in June 2018, and just recently installed in August 2018.

Q: What were your previous limitations, before you began working with H&B?
A:
We were unable to coat digital size sheets, and further aqueous coat any pieces that were offline, as well as limited offline to only UV gloss coatings. Like most shops, we would have to run components of small sized projects (that require coating) on larger presses that normally handled sheet-fed jobs, thus taking longer and making it more inefficient and wasteful.  

Q: What made you look to H&B equipment for solutions?
A:
We looked at all the manufacturers and wanted the best and the most innovative technology and equipment. We decided on H&B because they have the absolute best coaters in our industry, with the newest technology. We want to offer premium print jobs to our customers and the ExcelCoat ZR30 provides that top-quality coating. No other equipment can produce at such a high level. So, our customers also inherit this advantage. The quality difference is very noticeable.

Q: What were the obstacles to making a buying decision?
A:
Trying to find a coater that is top quality and most versatile, and that would efficiently produce digital sized sheet print jobs with different coating technologies as well as impeccably apply aqueous soft touch coating to our digitally printed projects.

Q: How has ExcelCoat expanded your capabilities? 
A:
It has allowed us to move all specialty coating in-house. It also enables us to produce top-quality, short run covers on our digital presses.

Q: What three specific features do you find most beneficial about the ExcelCoat?
A:1. Chamber/Anilox Metering System
     2. Extended feeder and delivery for feeding large sized sheets
     3. Overall speed

Q: What sets H&B apart from other manufacturers you have worked with?
A:
They are the leaders in the industry and have the best technology. The entire team has been pros to work with. From sales to project managers to the installation. Even H&B President Nick Bruno checked in to ensure we were completely satisfied. It’s been one of the best experiences in working with a vendor on a new equipment install. And we’ve installed lots of new equipment over the last few years.

Is there anything you would like to add?
A:
We’ve already ran a digital sized project and it turned out perfectly, and at the same top-quality as our sheet fed press (which also uses a H&B coater in-line).