Print UV 2011 Day One
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 within our industry. These UV users were not only from the United States, but also five additional countries around the globe.
Printers had come from all over to listen to the speakers ranging from OEM and supplier representatives to the printers using ultraviolet drying technology on a daily basis. The participants heard updates on new technology offered in the marketplace, along with testimonials from witnesses that have lived through the good and bad experiences with UV technology.
Following the kick off speech from Air Motions Systems—the producing sponsor of Print UV—was a presentation by a UV printer from Canada who gave a truly lived account of his past two years experiences starting out in UV printing. Sharing his testimony helped attendees realize they were not alone in the trials and tribulations of starting up new equipment and technology after it’s installed within an organization.
The remainder of the day was spent listening to various speakers discussing subjects from hybrid UV technology to the applications for and printability of specialty substrates, then finishing up the afternoon on the topic of cast and cure innovation.
One of the topics raised throughout day one that intrigued me was introduction of a new PET (polyethylene terephthalate) that is manufactured using recycled water bottles. With a variety of over 2 million plastic bottles used in the world every hour, this process could have a huge effect to the green side of our industry.
MicroGreen Polymers takes the recycled, melted material and uses a process of what it calls Ad-Air technology (rather than foam) to expand the plastic substrate to a lightweight and recyclable PET sheet. It touts the fact that using tiny air bubbles provides additional manufacturing control over the thickness and surface of the sheet. The product is also lighter than a normal extruded PET, which would translate into less shipping costs before and after use.