Makeready Sheets / Packing
Makeready sheets; this range of sheets of differing materials are sourced and tested by Profoil to improve the hot foil stamped finish. A common phrase used to describe the preparation of a hot foil stamping job, i.e. establish correct pressure and heat for production, is often referred to as “making-ready”. The materials used in the process have therefore adopted the term “makeready” materials. In a similar process in offset print, packing sheets are referenced to achieve correct pressure on the impression cylinder, and sometimes this term is also cross-referenced to the hot foil stamping industry.
Pertinax, or a similar phenolic sheet alternative are excellent, low cost insulator materials and therefore help prevent heat loss in the stamping process. Epoxy glass board is just as effective but is more durable under higher stamping pressure conditions, like on B1 auto-platens. Keeping the heat in the impression really helps to create a good, crisp finish.