UV Web Printing -- Rays of Opportunity
"You don't have the chemical, pollution or natural gas prices to contend with when you run UV," he says. "Currently, I don't think that heatset printers are passing that additional cost along to their customers. But as the costs associated with heatset continue to rise, they are going to have to start passing those costs along at some point."
Midlik agrees. "UV is much more attractive in terms of capital costs," she says. "The capital cost of UV is one quarter the cost of heatset. And the utilities costs of UV are 50 percent of the costs of heatset. While the inks are more expensive, printers are now in a situation where the increased costs of just the utilities more than offsets the added cost of the inks."
For Keith Zub, director of sales and marketing of Beldar Print Communications, in Mahwah, NJ, his interest in purchasing two RDP Marathon SR-200 presses was based solely on the added value he could now offer his clients.
The $8 million business forms printer was looking to diversify his product offerings, and he also wanted to expand his capabilities. "The forms business has become more of a commodity," explains Zub. "We were looking to add some of the special applications that add value to our printed products."
UV enables Beldar to achieve the heavy color saturation that its clients are now requiring in their projects. Zub was also interested in adding metallic inks and diecutting to his list of capabilities, while continuing to run at profitable speeds.
The RDP presses incorporate the Smart-Set 2000 press control system, allowing complete make-readies without web movement on-press. The system reduces downtime and waste, and repeat jobs are completed easily. A customer file can also be retrieved from the computerized front-end console.
"We're able to process in-line, which is huge in terms of savings and downtime," Zub adds. In his line of work, where repeat orders are common, the ability to save a job on-press is a huge advantage.