Sheetfed UV Printing: UV Provides Cure for Many
Atamian believes one of the biggest benefits he enjoyed was in partnering with the right people, a.k.a. experienced vendors, particularly MLP U.S.A. and Air Motion Systems. “They were 100 percent devoted to us,” he says. “They stayed until we were completely up and running.”
Selling the Sizzle
Capping our run of printers who have been riding the UV train for two years is Impress Communications of Chatsworth, CA. Impress produces a wide range of UV items, from specialty packaging like cosmetic folding cartons to brochures and catalogs. The shop caters to buyers “looking for that extra bit of sizzle to compete in today’s marketplace,” according to Paul Marino, company president.
Though the first 90 days were the toughest part of the UV indoctrination, Marino credits a winning recipe of the right mix of people, auxiliaries and equipment for the company’s success in that critical early juncture. “There is a steep learning curve,” he says. “But we were able to put it all together and make the process go respectably.”
Among Impress’ press arsenal is a six-color Komori Lithrone SX29 that boasts the ability to print on plastic, styrene, vinyl and foil papers. The company also operates two- and eight-color 40˝ Lithrones.
“We’re in the process of trying to develop new, different coating rollers for the UV press to give it more of an off-line look and feel,” Marino adds. “The eight-color Komori is a straight press and aqueous coats both sides. We can print up to eight colors in a row, or four-color aqueous coat, dry the sheet and turn it over, then aqueous coat. I’m always pushing for the edge.” PI