Embossing & Debossing

Embossing & Debossing

Our EM series embossing and debossing machines are primarily designed for a roll-to-roll application, although it is equally useful as a machine for passing smaller single items through, such as samples etc. EM series machines are capable of producing limited product runs or can be integrated into large-scale production processes.

Generally, embossing is a process most often employed to attract attention or convey a high-quality textural contrast in relation to the surrounding area of the finished product; although embossing can also be used to improve the performance of some products. Our EM series machines are designed to blind emboss (without ink), although they can be used for other similar processes, such as foiling.

Embossing or debossing alters the surface of paper, fabric and other substrates, such as membranes, by providing a three-dimensional, raised or lowered effect on selected areas and can often be used in combination with foil stamping in some industries.

The procedure uses of one of two roller types, one that is raised or one that is recessed. Our EM series machines are designed to use either a raised or recessed roller in conjunction with a rubber or similar roller to produce the effect on one surface of the product. The raised die roller forces the product into the rubber roller and creates the debossed effect; still known as embossing in some industries; whereas the recessed die roller creates a raised emboss effect on the product surface.

A specific level of pressure and heat is applied to the embossing roller in order to squeeze the fibres of the product, which results in a permanently raised or lowered area in the finished product. A thorough understanding of the process and product testing will enable a more successful result.

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The main areas that need to be considered during the embossing process are:

  1. Pressure: how much and how it can affect the product. Thinner products are less affected by the embossing pressure than thicker ones, but good results are still achieved.
  2. Heat: the ability to maintain a consistent heat level for the production process is essential. The heat applied must be sufficient to enhance the emboss without affecting the finished product surface unduly.
  3. Die depth: the density of the design will initially determine the die depth, however, if by looking at the artwork it appears that an adjustment of the die depth may be necessary, the ‘design’ may need to be resized to achieve a greater depth. Most types of product can be embossed, to an extent depending upon their thickness.

The same machine design is capable, by means of the installation of a different design of cylinder, of the foiling and cire (waxed or polished look) processing of various products. In certain cases, bonding and embossing can be achieved as part of the same product processing.

Utilised in the fashion, furnishing and home textile markets, the appliances can accommodate web widths of up to 3200mm. Increasingly we are being asked to test the machine with a myriad of products, with very exciting results. Our machines easy to use with touch screen control and efficient at processing a vast array of substrates. Consistently operating at temperatures up to 230°C is done by means of an ‘oil-filled’ heating cylinder.

An ability to check your products for suitability for embossing or to test your designs can easily be arranged; feel free to contact us to arrange a demonstration or product testing session at our demonstration facility.

Our EM series embossing cylinders are relatively easy to change within the workplace environment. There is a myriad of existing designs you can choose for your cylinder and the engraving price is included in the initial machine costing.

The appliances can accommodate web widths of up to 3200mm.

Options available:

  • Working widths up to 3200mm, depending upon the design
  • The design on your embossing cylinder can be either raised or recessed to suit your product
  • Your custom cylinder design can be engraved onto the cylinder, all we need is a CAD drawing and a few other details
  • A hoist frame can be added to ease the cylinder changing process or to assist with product loading and unloading
  • We offer very competitive pricing for our cylinder engraving service
  • If you require multiple design cylinders, we offer very competitive pricing, even for your tailor-made cylinder designs
  • Custom machine layouts may be possible to suit your work environment