A few Printing Execs Depth How LED UV Curing Retrofits Transformed Their Companies

River Falls, Wis. – A panel of executives from three printing companies shared, during a recent webinar, how they have leveraged LED UV curing retrofits on their sheetfed and web offset lithographic presses to enhance throughput, good quality and job turnaround.  

The virtual panel dialogue was presented by AMS Spectral UV – A Baldwin Technological innovation Business, whose X Sequence LED UV technological know-how was chosen by all three printers, in partnership with Printing Impressions magazine, on November 5. For these who missed it dwell, the job interview is available for hassle-free on-demand from customers replay, obtainable by clicking right here.  

The lineup of qualified speakers bundled Paul DeSantis of ANRO Inc. (West Chester, PA), which specializes in turnkey answers for corporate printing, immediate mail, on the net print management remedies, achievement, graphic layout, and electronic conversation expert services John Dahlke of commercial printer VISOgraphic Printing (Addison, IL), concentrated on advertising collateral and direct mail and Kent Tucker of Tucker Castleberry (Atlanta, GA), which presents printing, direct mail and advertising.     

AMS Spectral UV’s LED UV techniques for printing are predominantly applied in sheetfed offset and net lithography, as very well as for flexographic and label printing, to treatment inks and coatings to produce best-high quality printed materials and enhance productivity.   

The panelists shared their experiences regarding how LED UV retrofits have elevated creation throughput 30%, 50% and 100% on the similar tools, cut turnaround periods in 50 percent, and helped win new business. They also reviewed how the technologies has opened doors to substantial-margin exclusive effects and expanded production to substrates that are traditionally more difficult to print and dry. Additionally, the printing pros detailed how LED UV curing has removed variables that compromise consistent quality production.   

In depth research led VISOgraphic to Baldwin Know-how four a long time back, which sold the printer on the benefits of LED UV. The printer purchased a 40-inch, six-coloration RMGT 10 Collection press with coater, retrofitted with AMS Spectral UV’s LED UV curing engineering.   

It delivered everything it promised, according to John Dahlke, which led to VISOgraphic’s current purchase of an RMGT 9 Sequence 5-color in addition coater, also fitted with LED UV. Amid the numerous benefits Dahlke thorough is how LED UV enabled VISOgraphic to enterprise past generally business get the job done to a blend of higher-margin plastics, print gildings and packaging.  

“One of the values we saw appropriate absent is a large amount of these work opportunities are running on really light stocks with 300% protection in coating. The press could not run speedy because that ink was just diving in the sheet. It was leading to a whole lot of issues in the shipping, so we really had to gradual down,” he recalled. “When we went to LED, we could forgo coating in some of all those situations and the supply was not a dilemma, in essence, anymore so we could have faster operate speeds.”   

VISOgraphic gained the confidence to pursue different substrates this kind of as mirror board and glama natural that it had shied away from when it was running a conventional drying system.   

“We’ve had zero complications in all the packaging, from blister packs to reticulation coatings and plastics,” Dahlke remarked. “We’ve gone right after every thing we can.”  

Kent Tucker said Castleberry retrofitted a six-coloration 40-inch Manroland sheetfed press in January 2019 and instantly attained efficiency by working at 30% to 40% more quickly push speeds for the reason that LED-UV curing removed the issue of marking in the supply.    

A crucial takeaway that Tucker emphasized was the immediate obtain-in from his push operators.  

“Our pressmen are not shy. They are going to allow us know if they are not delighted. After a few weeks of owning the LED, they reported, ‘This is a match-changer … our lives are so significantly much easier,’” Tucker mentioned. “I imagine the bindery would probably say the same factor. These men, they literally just shut down the push. They can go residence for the weekend, and the ink stays in the fountain. Come back in, Monday morning, and fireplace it up. Our guys are all in. In truth, they are begging us to retrofit our other press for LED or obtain a new push. It’s been a household run through the plant.”  

Paul DeSantis said ANRO Inc. converted a nine-color Heidelberg Speedmaster press with a committed curing tower to LED UV two a long time in the past. The major goal was to extend the equipment’s lifespan while diversifying product offerings, but he reports the enterprise benefited in a lot of other techniques.  

“It also complimented our wide-format electronic setting, so we bought a ton of synergies from adopting the technologies there,” he pointed out. “A whole lot of immediate mail printing takes place here, so a good deal of unique substrates that we will need to print … it definitely served us in that area, also.”  

DeSantis applauded the “digital-like” efficiency ANRO has accomplished via the LED UV upgrade among its many rewards.   

“When you’re running light-weight shares or super-significant coverage or 24-level board, we truly experienced to sluggish the machine down, simply because we have been concerned about scuffing and picking and supply difficulties,” he recalled. “When we put the LED in, we ended up equipped to go at whole pace promptly, and it didn’t make a difference what sort of substrate we were operating, what variety of ink protection it was — 300% ink coverage with coating on plastic. We could cure anything with a person lamp in the shipping and delivery. Definitely, it was a extraordinary impact for us, correct off the bat.”  

Yet another huge advantage for ANRO by utilizing UV LED is that the pages come off the back of the push dry. “Being a perfector, you happen to be printing on both sides of the paper, and on a significant career like, for instance you happen to be printing a reserve, those stacks of paper would be all around the store, waiting around to treatment ahead of we could go into finishing,” he commented. “Now people points are flowing ideal by. A skid comes off they are going to wrap that skid proper absent and ship it out to the binder if it’s going out. Individuals types of efficiencies are quite electronic-like.”  

Simply click here to replay the reside webinar to hear the printers share their experiences by retrofitting their presses with LED UV, as properly as the discussion and Q&A. The webinar will be hosted for on-desire viewing for a minimal time longer. 

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