Radials or Snow Tires; Full or Hybrid – It’s in the Rubber

As a youngster growing up in the harsh winters of the southwest suburbs of Chicago, I remember my dad changing out the tires on his pick up truck in April and late October. He had one set of summer rims and radial tires that were on the truck from spring through summer, and a set of winter rims with capped snow tires to keep him on the road commuting back and forth to work though the brutal winter months.

When it was time to get the snow tires recapped, he returned to the same tire guys that he had gone to since the early ’60s. He always went back because of their service but, most importantly, the quality of the product they offered. The folks at Sanders Brother’s tires were true experts in the business and always looked after their customers needs.

I know you’re asking—Darren, what the heck do tires have to do with printing UV?

Well, it’s not the tire; it’s the importance of the rubber.

I recently had the opportunity to assist another client with the start up of a UV press. The shop was completely new to the world of UV printing and application, which meant not only did we have to spend the time defining the process and procedures, but also implementing a new set of plate curves for printability and color match on various stocks.

On the second day into the start up, we encountered issues with the rollers swelling. Keep in mind there is always a reaction when introducing UV products to the roller train, but this was an extreme situation that had left behind flat lines at the nips. It was so severe that when we idled the press, it sounded like the wheels were falling off the bus or it was driving on four flat tires.

Darren has worked in the printing industry for 30 years and spent more than 12 years at two of the nation's leading high-end commercial printers: Bradley Printing in Des Plaines, IL, and Williamson Printing Corp. in Dallas, TX. During that time, he operated conventional and UV 40˝ sheetfed presses and also successfully managed a $15-million pressroom equipment transition. Darren also was Lead Press Instructor for Heidelberg, where he directed specialty equipment startups and was involved in all aspects of the printing process by teaching both instructor and pressroom employees.

In addition, he served as a troubleshooter for various printing companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. As operations manager for a start-up specialty folding carton company, he played a key role in achieving more than $6 million in sales within two years. Currently Darren is president of D.G. Print Solutions, a consulting firm that supports printing companies of all sizes. He specializes in growth development planning, pressroom color management and pressroom training through specialty print applications.

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