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PRINT 05 Consumables & Press Accessories -- All Consuming Topics

October 2005

Also, GBC introduced GBC Scuff-Free Film, a combination of polypropylene and an abrasion-resistant coating that protects and enhances the look of books, packages and other printed materials. GBC Scuff-Free Film is engineered to accept UV spot coating. It resists scuffing during production, shipping and handling.

As for the ink portion of the consumables equation, Superior Printing Ink unveiled its creation of a program known as Preflight to Profitability (P2P). This comprehensive new program targets operational issues such as color management, press profiling, makeready, ink estimating, waste reduction and unscheduled downtime to help optimize manufacturing workflow and productivity. P2P is tailored to a printer’s needs to create a sustainable impact on costs.

Superior Printing Ink also showcased inks for commercial and packaging printers and its products were running on the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 105 and other presses on the show floor. The Super-Cure system is a traditional UV ink for paper and board stocks. The hybrid system offered is Inter-Cure.

Ink Line Heats Up

Three new products were added to Sun Chemical’s PrintEasy line for heatset offset printers. These include UltraPrint Universal, a low-tack ink developed for broader use in the high-end web printing market, and two Rycoline fountain solutions—the PrintEasy 2000 and PrintEasy 4000 series—formulated to produce results when used in combination with PrintEasy heatset inks.

Kohl & Madden, a subsidiary of Sun Chemical, introduced Liberty sheetfed inks, which were lauded as a breakthrough, VOC-free technology. Liberty inks use a proprietary formula developed in K&M’s new applications laboratory. This technology allows the inks to stay open on-press for days without drying. At the same time, the ink will dry virtually instantaneously once printed on the substrate.

Van Son Holland Ink showed its oil-based Quickson PRO, which is available in process and 16 basic Pantone colors, packaged in 2.2-lb. vacuum sealed cans and features ink and water balance for fast setting time. After processing, it may be coated in-line with aqueous coatings, off-line with UV coating and will film laminate.

It is laser-safe after 48 to 72 hours of curing time. Quickson PRO sets fast with a variety of fountain solutions, stays fresh overnight on-press, and dries fast on a number of substrates.

During the show, Van Son also held its fourth annual “VS” Series Ink Council meeting for printing ink manufacturers that distribute Van Son’s “VS” series inks, including the Vs3, Vs4, and Vs5 process and Pantone product range.

Flint Ink, fresh off its merger with European-based XSYS Print Solutions, launched its new ArroWeb heatset ink system. According to the company, it provides several pressroom benefits including quicker color start-ups, exceptional ink transfer and gloss, excellent ink/water balance, high-quality output, consistent color control and reproduction.

Six Sigma protocols are in place at the heatset ink manufacturing facilities to provide quality control and consistency for ArroWeb products.

Flint Ink also introduced a new generation of energy curable litho inks with the ArrowStar UV 7700 line. The formulations offer productivity to a range of printers including commercial, direct mail, folding carton, label and business forms producers.

Its merger with XSYS will create a $2.6 billion company with 8,000 employees.

Jetrion, the industrial ink-jet products and services subsidiary of Flint Ink, launched a program to provide ink-jet users with customized UV inks for in-line label, packaging and specialty applications. The company also debuted a low-VOC line of solvent inks for continuous ink-jet printers. In pre-launch runs at production sites around the country, Jetrion’s low-VOC inks reportedly ran at top bindery speeds in Domino and Videojet printers.

MetalFX Technology showcased its product that enables hundreds of metallic colors to be printed in one run of a press, using only one spot ink, the MetalFX Base Silver. It was printed live at the show exclusively by Heidelberg.

In other consumable developments, Kompac, a division of Day International, released its new line of fountain control systems. The systems offer variable reservoir capacity, refrigerated or non-refrigerated models, and work in a large variety of press configurations. The units feature corrosion-resistant pumps with AC motors.

Day also displayed its full line of printing blankets and sleeves and pressroom supplies. Featured technologies included the Durazone Compressible Layer for printing blankets that is said to increase durability without sacrificing print quality, and Apollo Web Conditioning, which replaces the practice of hand-mixing anti-stat additives and silicones.

Coverage for Blankets

MacDermid Printing Solutions offered offset blankets for the commercial, sheetfed, web, packaging and newspaper printing markets, as well as a complete line of blankets used for applying coatings. The range of products includes Polycell, Graffity, Timer, Contrast, Metro, Timer NP, Elastostrip and Polystrip. Also available is the Stabil-X range with the STX107, STX206, STX207 and STX209.

Reeves Brothers showed its full line of Vulcan brand offset printing blankets designed for the web, sheetfed, newspaper, business forms, metal decorating and packaging markets.

The new FCS (Flex Cleaning System) blanket and JetStream web cleaning systems were shown at the Baldwin Technology booth. The new FCS control platform will allow users to select the configuration of their blanket cleaning system to clean better and faster on all grades of stock. The no drip, no mist IMPACT mode is suited for auto-plate and auto-transfer applications.

In another development, Blue Glass anti-marking film is the latest addition to the PRI Technologies family of products. Its micro-bead technology is designed for coating applications where marking can be a problem. When used in conjunction with Super Blue 2 anti-marking, anti-static systems, it helps eliminate marking problems throughout the entire press.


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