INX Digital’s TDI Intros new High-speed, Single-pass UV LED-curing Ink-jet Ink
SAN LEANDRO, CA—May 21, 2008—Triangle Digital INX Co. (TDI), a member of INX Digital, has stepped up the pace in global ink leadership, partnering with LED curing specialist Summit UV in developing EVOLVE™ UV — the first UV LED-curing ink to deliver eye-popping 4-color with single-pass through-cure at speeds of 80’ per minute or higher, running with Xaar™ 1001 piezoelectric printheads. All with no inert curing atmosphere.
DRUPA visitors can see the system in action at the INX Digital Exhibit CO2 in Hall 8b, from May 29 through June 11, 2008 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
“We’ve been working with LED-cure inks for some time,” said Ken Kisner, TDI’s Sr. VP, Chief Technology Officer, “but at slower speeds. A key to this technology’s success is formulating EVOLVE UV to work with Summit UV’s unique, new LED. It has the ideal UV wavelength and, importantly, ample power.”
“Compared to conventional high-intensity LED lights,” explains Mario Carluccio of Summit UV, “our Black Diamond™ 365 Series has a shorter (365nm) UV-light wavelength and much higher focused outputs — in excess of 6.0 Watts per cm2.
“This enables us, with TDI’s specially designed EVOLVE UV ink set, to achieve through cure at far faster speeds than ever before.”
Breakthrough technology opens new avenues for digital growth.
“We’re now breaking barriers to digital printing in several areas,” Kisner points out, “including short-run narrow web label printing, variable-data applications — and many more to come.
“Getting single-pass UV through cure in-line with one LED light at 80 ft./minute more than triples previous speeds. And it’s just the beginning. We have the ability to tailor EVOLVE UV inks for virtually any substrate — plastics, film, paper; even metal or certain textiles.
“We’re integrating technologies to provide high-speed printing at low cost. And, of course, the standard digital advantages vs. conventional printing apply — faster startups and turnaround with no plates, no cleanup or setup time.”