IST METZ to Showcase Efficient, High-Performance Green Products at drupaApril 26, 2012
With its mission statement “more than UV,” IST METZ GmbH has been referring to its broad spectrum of services for more than 10 years now. There is a new trade fair slogan this year, right on time for the printing trade fair drupa.
“With the term ‘more³,’ we are updating our corporate philosophy of ‘more than UV.’ We see ourselves as a full service provider of solutions for UV technology, and not just a system manufacturer. Furthermore, we have managed to integrate our product label for particularly energy-efficient UV units into the new slogan—that’s what the ‘e³’ stands for,” explains Dirk Jaegers, managing director of IST METZ, regarding the trade fair visit.
Printing demonstration: a journey through time with UV
The company is all set to impress visitors at drupa 2012 with its “energy efficient equipment.”
“By using two printing presses for the printing demonstration at our trade fair stand, visitors will be able to see with their very own eyes just how energy-efficient and thus environmentally friendly our UV drying is,” continues Jaegers.
For the demonstrations, the team from IST METZ has come up with a special theme: The 35 years of IST will be told using the journey of UV technology and contemporary events. This will involve the printing of all the parts of a tangram puzzle game on a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 75-5+L. The cardboard of the outer packaging can be cured using just one lamp LE UV thanks to the use of highly-reactive inks and varnishes, while the playing instructions will be produced with UV inks on transparent PET film. A plastic effect results from the combination of offset and flexo printing.
The shell of the playing pieces is made from Tyvek, an extremely durable material that proves difficult to process using conventional printing procedures. However, with UV, this has become the starting point for surprising, new applications. The use of UV technology ensures there is a consistently high print quality and facilitates immediate processing of the end results,while using less material and requiring lower levels of energy.