The Standard Group Makes Strategic Shift to LED-UV Printing

The Standard Group Makes Strategic Shift to LED-UV Printing

LANCASTER and READING, Pa. - April 3, 2018 - The Standard Group, an enterprise print management and marketing logistics company based in central and eastern Pennsylvania, recently made a strategic shift to LED-UV technology for more brilliant printing results and while offering yet another environmentally friendly solution for its customers.

The Standard Group has a reputation for high-quality printing, but the company embraced this latest innovation in commercial printing to take its products to the next level. “LED-UV technology produces the most eye-catching and jaw-dropping results for commercial printing,” says Jim Rowland, COO for The Standard Group. He continues, “LED-UV is the best way to make a great first impression with print. With LED-UV, we’ll be able to produce excellent effects and visual impact for our customers. It’s the leading technology out there to elevate an ordinary catalog to a premium and luxurious one.”

For more than 30 years, UV technology has been used in the printing industry—but primarily with packaging, labels and business forms related-printing. With the introduction and popularity of new low-energy Light Emitting Diodes, or LED, major press manufacturers are now offering LED-UV for commercial offset presses.

“For years, we have considered changing to LED-UV to help us increase efficiency with our print production,” states Mike Gaidos, Pressroom Manager for The Standard Group. “In the past, we have had to wait up to 12 hours before sending our press sheets to our post-press for finishing and bindery. This is especially problematic for rushed jobs. Now with LED-UV, the drying is instantaneous.”

Gaidos elaborates, “We also love that LED-UV is giving us more versatility in the press room. We can now print on a wider range of substrates including plastics, transparencies and metallic sheets. We’ll be able to better match the creativity and brilliance of our design customers.”

Working with Wisconsin-based AMS Spectral UV, the leading provider of LED-UV technologies, The Standard Group has become one of the first companies in the world to convert a Heidelberg CX 102 printing press with Inpress Control to LED-UV.

“We have been using Prinect Inpress Control for years to automatically control color and registration on the fly,” notes Rowland. “The system scans every eighth page and makes adjustments to help us maintain maximum color consistency and print integrity. We needed AMS to find a way to convert our CX 102 press to LED-UV while retaining this automated ink management and critical color control. AMS had to custom-fit a set of LED-UV lamps, but the solution was absolutely perfect.”

The Standard Group chose to go with AMS Spectral UV’s X SeriesT LED-UV technologies because the company offers the industry’s highest curing intensities. “This award-winning LED-UV innovation by AMS will enable our company to run at the fastest press speeds with lower energy consumption than UV or traditional infrared lamps,” acknowledges Rowland.

A compelling factor for The Standard Group in switching to LED-UV is its ability to deliver the smallest carbon footprint in the print industry. LED-UV lamps are safer than traditional UV with mercury vapor lamps, and they last longer and are more energy efficient than H-UV or infrared lamps. But the biggest benefit is that LED-UV inks are 99.5 percent free of VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, and they do not release VOCs into the environment.

Scott Vaughn, CEO of The Standard Group, reinforces that “LED-UV printing is the future of print technology. Our interest in LED-UV was due to its ability to give us greater color fidelity and even more gorgeous results while increasing the productivity of our press by more than 30 percent. And being better for the environment really sealed the deal for us. We should have done this years ago.”

Source: The Standard Group

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AMS Spectral UV to Host LED-UV Bootcamp at PRINT 17

AMS Spectral UV to Host LED-UV Bootcamp at PRINT 17

RIVER FALLS, Wis. - September 8, 2017 -  AMS Spectral UV - A Baldwin Technology Company will host an LED-UV printing “bootcamp” at 2:00 p.m. daily in booth 3007 during the PRINT 17 exhibition, set for Sept. 10 to 14 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The event aims to educate printers on the capabilities of LED-UV curing technology, and how it is used in the pressroom as an alternative to, or in tandem with, IR drying and conventional UV curing processes.

The event will be led by industry veteran Allen Jenkins of the LED-UV Association, who will be joined by Barry Walsh of AMS Spectral UV. The pair will cover a number of key topics during the bootcamp, including: a look at the consumables required for LED printing; a breakdown of the differences between printing with conventional UV versus with an LED system; and a review of the ROI of investing in LED technology. They will also present case studies of printers who have made the switch to LED curing technology, discussing what they encountered through the steps of updating their printing processes.

Those interested in participating in the LED-UV bootcamp should arrive at booth 3007 shortly before 2:00 PM during the PRINT 17 show - it is free to attend, but there will be a limited number of spaces available for each session. For more information, visit AMS Spectral UV in booth 3007 during PRINT 17; call (715) 425-5600; or email sales@leduv.com.

Source: Air Motion Systems.

The preceding press release was provided by a company unaffiliated with Printing Impressions. The views expressed within do not directly reflect the thoughts or opinions of Printing Impressions.

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Arkansas Printer to Save $50K In First Year with a New RMGT 9 Series LED-UV

Arkansas Printer to Save $50K In First Year with a New RMGT 9 Series LED-UV

MARIETTA, Ga. — April 20, 2017 — For a family business to remain competitive for generations, it must be alert enough to read the signs of a changing industry and agile enough to respond to them. TCPrint Solutions has done just that, choosing the RMGT 9 Series LED-UV offset press for its most recent strategic move. Based in North Little Rock, Ark., TCPrint Solutions is the epitome of a successful family business. Walter Simpson started the business, known then as Twin City Printing, in 1945 with a small press and a collection of hand-set type. TCPrint has ably adapted to many market and technological shifts since that time.

Through all these changes, sheetfed offset printing has remained a pillar of the firm’s business, producing the full gamut of commercial print work from magazines to business cards. However, they had always been a half-size sheet shop. Now, in 2017, with the second and third generations of Simpsons at the helm, TCPrint is making a commitment to step into a bigger arena, while still serving the clients who have been with them for decades. After much research, they chose the RMGT 9 Series LED-UV offset press to make the leap.

“This press basically doubles the footprint we’ve been using forever,” said Mike Simpson, President, TCPrint Solutions. “This puts us in another market completely. We looked at a lot pf presses, and this one gives us the best ‘bang for our buck’. The other options we considered were twice the amount, and we wouldn’t be getting much more surface area than with the RMGT 9 Series.”

The shop does produces the full gamut of commercial print work, including magazines, publications, flyer, brochures, and more. “We’ll be running the same types of products, just more of them and in larger sizes,” he said, noting that the LED-UV curing technology opens up the possibility of printing on a wider variety of substrates, from onionskin to cardboard. “This press will make art directors very happy. With the market saturation of digital presses, design options have been narrowing.”

Simpson is also excited about the productivity gains when paired with his digital presses. “We do a lot of variable data overprinting,” he said, “which allows us to compete in the mailing and marketing end of the industry. The LED-UV curing allows us to print shells without using powder and take them directly to our digital press and run variable data. The old-school powder tended to gunk up our digital presses.”

TCPrint is removing one of its older presses and preparing to take delivery of the RMGT 9 Series, with a goal of having it completely operational by the end of May 2017. Between the larger footprint and the shorter make-ready process, the company anticipates doubling its current productivity with the new press. “We’ll save around $50,000 a year just on reduced paper waste in the make-ready process, since we’ll now prep in a handful of test sheets rather than hundreds. And this thing uses just a fraction of the energy of an older press.”

“When we can help a family business like this, serving their local market, by bringing in the right equipment at the right time to help them continue to grow and evolve, it is incredibly gratifying,” said Scot Gilbert, President, Paper Handling Solutions, a member of the Graphic Systems North America (GSNA) dealer alliance. “We have enjoyed this partnership so far, and we are looking forward to helping TCPrint Solutions continue to dominate in their market for years to come.”

Source: RMGT and GSNA.

  

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Midstate Selects Komori GL40 Perfector with LED-UV to Replace Three Presses

Midstate Selects Komori GL40 Perfector with LED-UV to Replace Three Presses

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — March 2, 2017 — Komori America announced that Midstate Printing, a solutions based print and communications company in Syracuse, N.Y., recently purchased an eight-color Lithrone G40 perfector with LED-UV (GL840P) to replace three competitive presses in operation on its pressroom floor. Midstate Printing is a G7 Master Printer serving a wide range of industries that includes higher education, corporate communications, pharma, the American Red Cross and more, all who demand high-quality output. As a full-service print provider specializing in difficult and complicated applications, the GL840P offered the company the advanced technology required to produce stunning, dense color on difficult stocks, like uncoated or matte, and get unique jobs to customers in record speed.

“Our best customers are those who have complicated print requirements, so having the latest technology in-house is critical to helping them achieve their goals,” said Thomas House, COO for Midstate Printing. “After reviewing three of the top press manufacturers in the industry, we chose Komori. Not only does this press have the innovative technology we wanted, Komori’s approach to continued advancement fits with our culture. The GL840P offers such advanced automation and fast job cycle time that we were able to retire three presses because of the robust capabilities this one press can deliver.”

With a variety of automatic devices and systems, such as the KHS-AI integrated control system, a full automatic plate-changing system (APC) and the ability for printed items to cure instantly with LED-UV, the company plans to enjoy a more efficient, streamlined production process; cutting its makeready to minutes and significantly shortening the time from receipt of materials to delivery because finishing work such as cutting, die cutting and folding can be performed immediately.

“The GL840P can easily handle more unique, complex applications all while optimizing efficiency,” said Mark Hopkins, vice president of sales, Komori America. “We look forward to working with Midstate Printing as they explore both the creativity and streamlined production capabilities of their new press.”

Source: Komori America.

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LED-UV Bootcamp

LED-UV Bootcamp

LED UV Printing Association Announces First Ever LED-UV Bootcamp Co-Located

with Print UV in Las Vegas

Friday, February 24, 2017

Reno, Nevada. Allen Jenkins, Director of the LED-UV Printing Association, today announced the first ever

"LED UV Bootcamp", which will be co-located with the 10th Annual Print UV Conference at the Encore in

Las Vegas, Nevada. The 3-hour in-depth seminar will kick off at 1pm near the Print UV meeting space

on Wednesday, March 29th 2017. The event will conclude at 4pm, allowing plenty of time to prepare for the

opening reception of Print UV.

The following topics will be covered in detail, with plenty of Q&A throughout:

1. What are the benefits of LED UV printing?

2. Case studies featuring printers using LED UV.

3. How is LED UV different from traditional UV?

4. What inks are required for LED UV Printing?

5. What rollers are required for LED UV Printing?

6. Is Printing with LED UV significantly different from conventional printing?

7. Do I need a new press to print LED UV?

8. Do I need to make my press "UV Ready" to run LED UV?

9. Can I use conventional press and blanket wash with LED UV?

10. What's the skinny on ink and coating costs?

11. What cost savings does LED UV deliver?

12. Can I use the same plates with LED UV?

13. Do I need a new fountain solution and alcohol substitute?

14. Do I need to vent the delivery of my press with LED UV?

15. Wrap up session and Open Q&A.

Jenkins stated"The results are in and the early adopters of LED UV are making more money, winning more

customers, increasing run speeds, and delivering print faster on a wider variety of substrates. After working

with dozens of companies that have successfully implemented LED UV, I'm confident that this is a good

starter list of topics for the printer investigating LED UV."

Barry Walsh, Moderator of the LED UV Bootcamp said. "This is a great opportunity for printers new to

LED UV to meet the leading authority on printing with LED UV, Allen Jenkins, and to start a conversation

with Allen that can continue into the conference and beyond. Additionally, these printers will enter the Print

UV Conference armed with a good foundation of knowledge to have higher level networking conversations

with the many LED UV oriented vendors and printers attending Print UV."

Attendance at the LED UV Bootcamp will be reserved exclusively for printers. Seating is limited and

registration will close without notice when full. If you are registered for Print UV, this event is free, but you

need to register separately to reserve one of the limited seats. Printers not attending Print UV may register for

$100. Guarantee your seat by calling Kati Zimmermann today at 715-497-7287.

More information on the LED UV Printing Association may be found at www.leduv.org.

More information on the Print UV Conference may be found at www.printuv.com.

Copyright © 2017 WhatTheyThink.

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Kingery Printing Company continues its Green initiatives with the addition of LED-UV curing.

Kingery Printing Company continues its Green initiatives with the addition of LED-UV curing.

Kingery Printing Company is a Midwestern, family-owned company with headquarters in Effingham, Illinois. KPC owns and operates two manufacturing facilities, one in Effingham, Illinois, and the other in Henry, Illinois. Both locations offer a full suite of prepress, printing, binding and distribution services. They specialize in magazines, catalogs, booklets, guides and newsletters that mail.

The Kingery family puts the latest technology available into the hands of the best people around. This gives their customers not only the highest quality products, but also the best customer experience in the industry. They are conscientious of their environmental impact, and the legacy they will leave for future generations. They are FSC® certified, diligent about recycling our manufacturing byproducts, and we have implemented programs to reduce our power consumption and minimize our VOC emissions.

This now includes the addition of an AMS LED-UV system installed on a 2006 Heidelberg SM102-10P running 24 hours a day. Owner Mike Kingery believes LED-UV Technology will be a game changer in the Printing Industry.  If all goes as planned, in the future the technology will be adapted to our heatset webs to eliminate the ovens used in the heatset process. That will be a huge change in the industry. He is now touting these benefits to his customers:

 

-       Shorter Turnaround Times – The LED-UV Technology increases the productivity on press by 30%+ due to the ink drying instantly on press.  The press sheets can be handled immediately for various bindery operations.

-       Better Laser Compatibility – The LED-UV inks have no odor and no spray powder is required in the drying process, both of which are beneficial in producing laser compatible projects.

-       LED-UV Inks are Impervious to Scuffing and Marking - Due to this fact, no protective coatings are needed.   Although, options are available for high gloss coatings for enhanced visual effects such as spot coatings.

-       Higher Gloss Levels, Color Fidelity and Sharper Images – These are achieved through trapping and flash curing the LED-UV ink on the surface of the paper. 

-       Options to Print on Various Substrates Including Plastics and Synthetic Papers

-       LED-UV Inks are environmentally “Green” – No VOC’s released into the atmosphere.

 

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Signature Printing installs AMS LED-UV system,end of press UV system on Komori Lithrone LS840P+C

Signature Printing installs AMS LED-UV system,end of press UV system on Komori Lithrone LS840P+C

Signature Printing of East Providence, RI maintains their focus on embracing the changing needs of the business industry by installing an AMS LED-UV system, and end of press UV system on it's newly acquired Komori Lithrone LS840P+C recently installed by APT.   I spoke with Allen Jenkins, Executive Director of the International LED-UV Association, from Reno NV,  who availed himself to Signature for the training and installation of the LED-UV and Smart UV system. This type of installation typically takes 3 days.  Allen explained how the LED-UV won’t create as much heat or odor compared to the conventional UV printing presses. Excitedly he states, ” There is considerably less energy consumption, 60% less than a conventional press using infra-red, and 80% less than aUV press”. Air Motion System (AMS) was added with modular mounting positions in units 1,2,4,6 and 8for maximum flexibility. Allen states,“This system offers great benefits on a Perfector such as; excluding any marking issues after the Perfector."   AMS issued a booklet at Drupa 2016 called the AMS Look Book.  The Komori Lithrone LS840P+C now has all of the capabilities detailed in the Look Book with a single pass.  A priority for Signature is to maintain efficient and effective print solutions.  Allen attended Drupa this year and said it appeared to be successful, with many sales being completed.  He was on hand to educate potential customers on the benefits of LED-UV printing. Having worked in the industry for over 36 years, Allen provides his expertise as an independent printing consultant to commercial printers transitioning to energy curing.  He spends most of his time training and trouble shooting.  He strives to ensure the Printer is prepared before an installation by having the right consumables. “I like to prepare Printers to be successful quickly”.

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LED-UV goes XXL at Standard Printing Company of Canton

LED-UV goes XXL at Standard Printing Company of Canton

Canton Ohio, Established in 1923, Standard Printing Company of Canton, Ohio is a privately owned printing company located not far from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Their goal is to make the customer’s experience as seamless and simple as possible and to provide responsive, flexible services, combined with a relentless focus on quality and on-time performance. Their wide and diverse range of capabilities, such as in house design department, 28 x 40 up to 51 x 73 offset presses, and digital presses with variable data printing capabilities, ensure they can offer the ideal combination of quality and speed for any project.

In early 2016 Standard Printing choose Air Motion Systems to retrofit their Man Roland 900 XXL 73” sheet-fed printing press. Included in the upgrade is an XP9 LED-UV module with mounting positions in the 2nd – 5th – and 6th printing units. Also added was a 3 lamp conventional AMS-UV package in the delivery and an upgraded Harris and Bruno Anilox coating system. Standard Printing now has the capability to run special effects and strike thru in one pass fully cured when it hits the delivery. Doing short run length, fast turnaround top sheet projects for the corrugate industry is no problem now with or without coating.

The Standard Printing Company is committed to implementing environmentally conscious practices and products in their manufacturing process. LED-UV printing fits right into the companies “The Green Standard” program with this Eco-friendly form of printing.

We would like to welcome Standard Printing Company of Canton Ohio as the newest member of the International LED-UV Association

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Converting Offset Sheet-fed printing presses from Conventional inks to LED-UV inks.

Converting Offset Sheet-fed printing presses from Conventional inks to LED-UV inks.

These changes are required to maximize your LED-UV investment.

 

1)   All inking rollers will need to be changed to one of the following:

a)    Chameleon or mixed mode rubber, this style will allow you to go back and forth between convention and LED-UV inks. These are recommended for all LED-UV retrofits as the first set of rollers.

b)   EPDM rubber, these are for full time LED-UV printing. Recommended when you will only be printing in LED-UV and with proper care can last up to 20% longer than mixed mode rollers.

c)   Water form rollers will need to also change with the same options available as the ink rollers. Water pan rollers do not need to be replaced.

2)   Press washes for rollers and blankets will need to be a LED-UV formula. Conventional washes will not remove LED-UV inks.

3)   Blankets will need to be changed to LED-UV style usually made from EPDM rubber. Mixed mode blankets are also available normally called Hybrid.

4)   Maintenance products for roller care need to be LED-UV safe. Most roller pastes and calcium cleaners fall into this category.

5)   Fountain solutions can remain the same but LED-UV specific concentrates and alcohol substitutes are available and generally provide better results.

6)   Automatic wash-up tray blades will need to be changes to LED-UV style.

7)   Fountain solution management systems and roller chillers may need to adjusted to proper LED-UV operating temperatures

8)   Automatic wash tanks for rollers, impression cylinder, and blankets need to have LED-UV check valves installed. If your press was UV prepped from the factory this should already be done.

9)   On some presses the transfer gripper pads may not be compatible with LED-UV chemical. Check with your manufacturer.

 

All products for LED-UV are also used for traditional UV and the name is interchangeable on product labels

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Conti Tipocolor Advances with LED-UV in Florence

Conti Tipocolor Advances with LED-UV in Florence

Florence, Italy - Fourth generation Italian printing leader, and worldwide specialist in quality books and packaging, Conti Tipocolor just announced an all-new AMS LED UV printing capability on a Heidelberg CD 102 5-Color with Coater.

 

Niche printer, Conti is one of the world's top producers of fashion and museum-quality art books, with portfolio publications ranging from collections of renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz to works by artists on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the National Gallery in London. 

 

"At Conti Tipocolor we are in a constant quest to present new technology to our customers, and we are extremely excited to introduce LED Printing, which offers tremendous benefits to the quality and repeatability in our production process" said Dr. Roberto Conti, Chairman and CEO. "Further, LED is a 'green UV' system and should not be confused with traditional UV, LE-UV or H-UV technologies". 

 

 

The AMS XP9 Series LED system was selected as the engine for the new process on its Heidelberg CD 5-color plus coating press following a thorough review by the team at Conti Tipocolor. "AMS has more LED UV installations and experience than any other provider we met with, and their unique LED design provides Total Position Flexibility on our machine. This consequently met all of our needs transitioning to LED printing technology, and we could not be happier with our choice" added Dr. Conti.

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LED-UV use outside of commercial printing at Conimar Group LLC

LED-UV use outside of commercial printing at Conimar Group LLC

Founded by Terry Crawford in 1976 the Conimar Group runs a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Ocala Florida. Conimar is the largest manufacture of high quality printed plastic placemats and flexible cutting mats. Their designs are under license from such notable names as World Kitchen featuring their Corelle® dinnerware patterns and their patented flexible cutting mats sold under the Chop-Chop® brand.

 

All facets of Conimar’s manufacturing process are being done under one roof for the highest in quality control. The production begins with the in-house plastic extrusion of polyethylene and polypropylene sheets for printing. This gives us a unique advantage from both a cost and productivity standpoint to do this ourselves says owner Terry Crawford. Material quality control is of the utmost importance when printing these types of plastics. Dyne levels are continually changing after the extrusion process and directly relate to how well ink will adhere to the sheets.

 

Offset printing is done with a KBA105 - 5 color printing press with inline anilox type coating unit.

The press is equipped with Air Motion System (AMS) XP9 LED-UV module after the 5th printing unit. The operators quickly adapted to this new curing technology after having printed on these material conventionally for so many years. They noticed little difference in overall color densities from existing job profiles. Ink adhesion, always a concern with printing these materials was good thanks to INXCURE LED PLAS LAM GII by INX International. Aqueous coating is still used as a requirement of the finished product. Load racking has been eliminated and this makes pressman extremely happy.

 

The addition of the LED-UV system has greatly increased the productivity in the pressroom with absence of dry time and excess handling. Jobs can now go directly to the die-cutting machines for finishing without the worry of set-off and marking. With Conimar’s 40 years of experience and the addition LED-UV they have set themselves up for a long and profitable future.

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Caskey Group delivers innovative print products using LED-UV printing from RMGT

Caskey Group delivers innovative print products using LED-UV printing from RMGT

Graphic Systems North America (GSNA), the Authorized Distributor for RMGT (RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd.) sheet-fed offset presses in North America, announces that the Caskey Group has successfully implemented the RMGT 5 Series offset press, featuring LED-UV curing technology. LED-UV printing is considered the fastest growing process technology in the sheet-fed offset printing market. Headquartered in York, PA, The Caskey Group is an integrated marketing and communications firm offering full offset and digital communication services.

 

“At Caskey, our goal is to help our customers build and strengthen their own brands by offering products and services that will help them to stand out in their markets,” states Tony Rife, President, Caskey Group. “With LED-UV technology added to our mix of high-quality printing capabilities, Caskey will be positioned to offer customers new and innovative print applications at a lower cost, all while reducing energy consumption and adding to our overall capacity.”

 

“We are able to offer our clients a product that has special chemical embossing thanks to the LED-UV curing technology on the RMGT press,” continues Rife. On the print manufacturing side, instant drying allows jobs to move immediately to finishing and eliminates powder contamination. Rife also states that “UV inks are solvent-free and when cured with LED-UV lighting, the entire process generates no byproducts and is free of emissions.”

 

“The rapid growth of LED-UV printing can be attributed to the additional print capabilities that this technology offers,” states Jim Lundy, G.E. Richards, the northeast distributor for RMGT in the US. “In conventional offset printing, inks dry as their binding agents oxidize and get absorbed into the printing substrate or the process can be sped up by introducing heat. In contrast, UV printing uses specially formulated inks that are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light. This allows instant drying at each printing unit of the press. When LED technology is used for UV lighting, the overall benefits to printers are immense. 

 

The RMGT 525GX LED-UV Press is a five-color press with anilox roller coater and represents the top of the line in the 5 Series presses from RMGT. With a maximum paper size of 520 x 375 mm, the press can reach printing speeds of up to 15,000 sheets per hour. The eco-friendly LED-UV printing system offers impressive energy savings and superior ease of use. This system not only greatly reduces energy consumption but also features a much longer lifespan than a conventional lamp type system. This next-generation system produces minimal heat and no ozone, making it very eco-friendly.

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LED UV Debuts in Poland at Lotos Poligrafia

LED UV Debuts in Poland at Lotos Poligrafia

Warszawa, Mazowieckie – Quality and environmental management are what defines Lotos Poligrafia, the first printing company to install AMS LED UV in Poland.

Last month Lotos Poligrafia installed two AMS LED UV XP9 series on their Manroland 505 LV. The LED UV curing modules have the capability to be interchanged on 1, 4, 5, interdeck and at delivery.

Energy savings and plastics that come off the press immediately dry, are the biggest LED UV benefits Lotos has experienced thus far. AMS LED UV also eliminates odors, marking and the need for spray powder.

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ColorMark Sees Immediate Results with LED-UV  Energy Curing Solution

ColorMark Sees Immediate Results with LED-UV Energy Curing Solution

Located a few hours’ drive southeast of Dallas, Texas, ColorMark is a premier printing company specializing in offset sheet-fed production. A large portion of ColorMark’s business is printing high quality menus on Polylith® synthetic papers. Combining the latest advances in print technology with traditional craftsmanship, ColorMark espouses a commitment to service and an attention to detail.

Handling a wide variety of print projects from start to finish, including print preparation, production, binding services, fulfilment, and shipping, the ColorMark team brings a wealth of experience to every project they undertake.

 

Looking to improve upon its curing printing processes, ColorMark began searching for a way to reduce their turnaround times and operating expenses. After an exhaustive investigation, in 2015 ColorMark decided to add a LED energy curing solution to their 2007 Heidelberg CD102 - 6 color press with an aqueous coater.

 

They purchased an LED-UV system from Air Motion Systems (AMS), located in River Falls, Wisconsin. The LED module was positioned in the interdeck after the sixth print unit, and a full conventional UV module was installed after the coater. To maximize their investment, ColorMark also chose to update their two roll coating unit to TRESU UniPrint Combi – chambered doctor blade system with anilox roller.

 

After working on-site with the various manufacturers for a few days for system set up and training, ColorMark was ready to begin running “live work.” As with most new things, there were a few early challenges to overcome. UV and LED-UV inks have smaller water pick-up windows, which requires the operator to slightly change some of the start-up procedures. The operator was no longer able to simply hold down the manual metering button in order to clean the plates faster. Plus, the excess fountain solution in the roller-train could cause an adverse effect on the overall adhesion of inks on various substrates. Once the operator got a feel for the differences between conventional ink and LED-UV inks, it was off to the races. There were no significant differences in color-matching, and with some slight tweaks to the plate curves, the operation and end-product were virtually the same as they were prior to installing the LED-UV system. However, there were some dramatic differences as well.

 

Historically, ColorMark’s lead-time for Polylith® jobs was seven days. After printing side one, the work required two full days of dry time. The sheets would then be run through the press once again and dead-hit to remove the spray powder. Printing the reverse side had the same time-consuming complications – two more days were lost, plus the extra blanket washes and load racking. With LED-UV, jobs are now immediately turned over and backed up, all without the need for any spray powder – and the entire printing is completed “from soup to nuts” in one day.

 

     Following printing, the job is then immediately taken to the finishing departments, saving 5 to 6 days of production and hold time as previously    required with conventional inks. Because the ink is immediately cured, marking and scratches are eliminated in all production processes, saving even more time and money. One of the greater unforeseen cost savings for ColorMark was how few product overs were required to achieve the final count. On the very first job alone, ColorMark saved more than $5,000 in material costs because of the AMS LED-UV Energy Curing Solution – with many more jobs and savings yet to come. 

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Dutch Printer Deltabach Drukkerij adds LED-UV

Dutch Printer Deltabach Drukkerij adds LED-UV

Outside of Amsterdam NL in the village of Nieuw-Vennep, Deltabach

is the first Dutch printer to adopt LED-UV curing technology.

With its pressroom of three Heidelberg sheet-fed presses they choose to install the Air Motion Systems XP9 module on their 2011 Heidelberg CX102 4/C + coater.

 

LED-UV will allow Deltabach to shorten their delivery time in the highly competitive Dutch printing market. Now running work without Aqueous coating  a job can go directly to the bindery department for finishing. An added benefit of the LED-UV installation means Deltabach can produce jobs on synthetic substrates efficiently without the usual headache associated when printing this work conventionally.

 

The International LED-UV Association welcomes Deltabach to the LED-UV family and wishes them all the best in the future.                                                                                                                                                          

 

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The Oak Printing Company adds LED-UV to their capabilities.

The Oak Printing Company adds LED-UV to their capabilities.

The International LED-UV Association congratulates

The Oak Printing Company of Strongsville Ohio on the implementation of their 1st LED-UV sheetfed press.

 

With the help of Air Motion Systems, Oak Printing

retrofitted their flagship Mitsubishi 8-color 40 inch

sheetfed press with the XP9 Series of LED-UV modules. Adding LED-UV capabilities will allow Oak Printing to

better serve their label customers by reducing lead

times on paper and foil substrates.

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