Print UV 2011 – Day Two
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.
I know it’s early on, but you might want to keep a close eye on the development of LED UV technology. As the process expands and becomes perfected, this could be a game changer for the industry.
If you read my “Are you ready for a serious commitment?” blog a while back, you will totally understand what the next group of speakers was saying. Hearing from a panel that included some printers that have lived through the trials and tribulations of UV printing along, with specialty applications and coatings, made the audience aware that producing this degree of print doesn’t come easy or without cost.
The attendees quickly realized that a magic wand and pixie dust doesn’t exist and that they could forget about the possibility of a “one-size-fits-all” solution when encountering the variety of variables held within these applications.
John Giusto of Curtis Packaging stated that the best advice he could give was to spend the money and hire someone to get you started in the right direction and not to go it alone. He emphasized how this approach could save thousands of wasted dollars on R&D trying to figure out how to achieve the results you’re after.
Closing out the day with a presentation on the often times forgotten and overlooked subject of equipment maintenance, Dan Cunningham gave the group a chance to see how the dollars spent on preventive maintenance definitely outweigh the costs of downtime and equipment failures.