Sheetfed UV Printing: UV Provides Cure for Many
With the Rapida, Unicorn is working with substrates such as the aforementioned mylar, vinyl, synthetic paper, styrene and canvas. One bonus that UV printing offers, Lee notes, is that it does not produce VOCs which, in tandem with the company’s process-free Agfa Azura plates, has earned Unicorn the label of being a green printer.
“With UV printing, our service offerings are extended from paper to plastic and from environmentally harmful to green-friendly,” he remarks. “When our proposed acquisition of a new hybrid UV grand-format ink-jet printer and a dieless digital cutter are completed this year, our services will truly include everything.”
There are some printers for whom UV is a natural, even geographical, fit. Perhaps there is no clearer example than Haig’s Quality Printing in Las Vegas. Apparently, this Nevada city has clientele—casinos—that are drawn to bright, glitzy and shiny colors. When owner Haig Atamian installed his six-color, 40˝ Mitsubishi Diamond 3000S UV press in August of 2007, he found work from the federal government, ad agencies and fellow printers, along with the entertainment sector.
“Most agencies are now specifying that jobs incorporate UV inks,” Atamian says. “Lately, one out of every four of the specs on new work has been requesting UV. The buyers realize its benefits, including the faster turnaround times.”
Casino/hotel clients, in particular, are ardent purchasers of both UV and on-demand printing. Whether brochures, mailers, invitations, check-in packets or spa/wedding salon brochures, the turn time request is typically ASAP, as in today.
“Casinos like to print on a lot of dull coated, matte coated or uncoated paper, and during bindery of books and products like that, we experienced a lot of chalking,” Atamian remarks. “Now, we can do them with ease.
“The hardest part for us was the transition to UV from regular inks,” he adds. “UV inks cost a little more money. We’d print one job UV, the next with regular inks. We found that to be so dumb. Now, we run everything UV, and it’s so much better. Even if it’s a little more expensive, we save on the makereadies and we get to color so quickly.”