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Why Not Keep Some Money in Your Own Backyard?
December 8, 2011

If every family spent just $64 on an American-made product to give as a Christmas gift, more than 200,000 jobs would be saved here in the United States. How many of you will actually take the time to look on the package to see where the product was made?

Print UV 2011 - Day Two
April 1, 2011

Starting out with the topic of LED UV, Steve Metcalf and Jon Graunke gave an update on where this new technology is currently and where it’s going. They noted that AMS successfully installed its first production unit in Japan on a four-over-four machine last fall, with more units to be installed here in the states this year.

Print UV 2011 Day One
March 15, 2011

With yet another sold-out conference last week, Print UV 2011 opened with a record audience count. The attendee list included almost 170 participants with representatives from more than 60 individual printing companies, along with some of the leading vendors.

Are You Ready for the Serious Commitment?
January 14, 2011

Regardless if you’re a veteran printer or new to the UV game, you will quickly realize that if you want to be successful, you must put the necessary time, money and energy into R&D. But when the dust settles, the smoke and chaos clear, you stand back and look at the finished product with admiration.

The Look of Glass: Getting Smooth, Clear UV Coating Again!
October 26, 2010

Back in the day, two- and three-roller coating systems made UV coating look as deep and smooth as a sheet of glass. Then it all changed with the introduction of the new closed-chamber, anilox style coating units. They were sold by the OEMs as “pressman proof.” They enabled management to have the ability to make sure that all of the pressmen apply the same amount of coating regardless of the individual or knowledge level.

Printing Plastics not a Slam Dunk with UV
August 19, 2010

The objective is to use a sufficient amount of energy to dry the inks correctly, but not to distort the plastic so it looks like a potato chip. Dyne levels of the plastics along with chemistry compatibility continue to have a large effect on successful adhesion and end result.

Don’t Limit Your Toolbox!
June 30, 2010

For Anilox rollers, one size doesn’t fit all. There are three factors to take into consideration when determining the proper engraving specifications—the angle of the screen (normally 60°), the LPI (lines per inch) and the cell volume.

Printers Make the Worst Marketers
June 15, 2010

Would you want to buy printing from a printer that didn’t spend the time and effort to print its own promo piece?

Got Lamps?
May 28, 2010

To achieve the best outcome possible, dry trapping is the secret to UV printing. But remember, having the correct amount of lamps in place is the, “Solution.”

What’s Under Your Blankets?
May 18, 2010

So if heat affects various plastics in a variety of ways, why use self-adhesive plastic as underlay for your blanket cylinder?

Color Sequence and Lamp Placement is Everything
March 30, 2010

It's important to know where the lamps were positioned for the previously printed UV job. There should be no reason to struggle with reproducing a printed piece that you have previously run.

Learn Before You Leap into Buying UV Printing Equipment
February 9, 2010

I have given you some ideas on what adding UV printing to your arsenal could offer but, is it the wisest investment for your business? Most of the other equipment in your facility was purchased on an as-needed basis, but UV could be considered more of a “value added option."

UV Printing: Can You Afford not to Make the Investment?
January 22, 2010

Many of us have heard that adding UV printing to our repertoire would increase our offerings to our customers, but have not completely understood exactly why. Do the benefits overcome the added expenses? Is UV the answer for developing our business?

Overcooked or Overcured; Both Can End with Unfortunate Results
January 4, 2010

The four interdeck lamps and three end of press lamps were all set to 100%. This has not only stripped the sheet of any moisture, it has also overcured the UV coating which caused it to be brittle. The job looked great while it laid flat on the skids but then when folded, the sheets would give.

Don’t Limit Yourself to Now, When You Should be Looking at the Future
November 27, 2009

When you start thinking about entering the UV printing market, allow for the growth of your business and future possibilities. Consent to adding some of the extras now and you make the retrofits much more economical and physically possible in the future as your business grows.

With UV Equipment, Run What You Brung!
October 23, 2009

Why are there so many UV printers out there that have made the investment and not “Run What They Bought?” Why under utilize what you have spent all of the money on? The answers could be one of or a combination of many things.