Offset Printing - UV/LED Curing

Pazazz Makes $7M Investment
November 1, 2008

MONTREAL—A six-color, 56? KBA Rapida 142 hybrid UV press is the centerpiece of a $7 million capex investment project by Pazazz, which is looking to establish itself beyond the 40? sheetfed market. The plant upgrade also includes a large-format Fuji Ultima platesetter, Busch pile turner and large-format Perfecta cutting system.

GPO Gives Millions Back To U.S. State Department
November 1, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC—In a story broken by The Washington Times, the Government Printing Office (GPO) has repaid the State Department more than $51 million stemming from overcharges from the sale of millions of blank passports.

xpedx to Distribute World’s First Led-UV Print Curing System for Offset Presses
May 20, 2008

KANSAS CITY, KS—May 20, 2008—xpedx® announced today that it will be the exclusive U.S. marketer and distributor of the world’s first LED-UV print curing system, an offset printing technology from Ryobi® that provides significant environmental, pressroom and financial advantages. A 14”x20” RYOBI 525GX will be the initial platform for the LED-UV curing system, with plans to extend the system to press models such as the 23”x31” RYOBI 750 Series in the future. The new technology will be demonstrated at drupa 2008 in Düsseldorf, Germany, May 29-June 11. The new RYOBI LED-UV curing system cuts power usage by a minimum of 70%, eliminates ozone

Print UV 2008 Event Scores Home Run in Las Vegas
March 19, 2008

ARVADA, CO—March 17, 2008—Organizers of the Print UV 2008 Conference, held March 2-4 at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas, report an overwhelmingly enthusiastic reaction to the event, which wound up with many participants professing their eagerness to repeat the experience in 2009. Nearly 100 printers and key suppliers attended the inaugural edition of the peer-oriented industry conference, which focused exclusively on innovations, challenges, best practices and products in the fast-growing UV printing market. The conference also served as the launching pad for the Print UV Association and a platform for the expanding Print UV online community (www.printuv.com).

Air Motion Systems Sponsors Print UV 2008 Conference
February 21, 2008

ARVADA, CO—February 21, 2008—Air Motion Systems, the leading North American manufacturer of high-performance UV curing systems, IR/Hot Air drying systems and related accessories for the printing and finishing industries, is the founding sponsor of Print UV 2008, a new, peer-oriented industry conference focused exclusively on the growing UV printing market. Designed for printers who are serious about differentiating, growing and profiting with UV printed media, Print UV 2008 and the PrintUV online community are co-sponsored by a group of key industry participants dedicated to encouraging, promoting and sustaining the growth of UV printing in the global graphic communications industry. Founding co-sponsors include major press

UV Printing — Horse of a Different Color
November 1, 2007

THINK OF a sheetfed offset UV press as a chemistry set for grownups, complete with an ever-shifting set of variables and a hands-on learning curve. The upside of that curve is the license to print an endless range of special effects impossible to achieve with conventional inks and coatings. And the downside? There isn’t one, according to a growing number of practitioners that may have assayed the market with a vague notion of value-added, then stayed once it became apparent what a mastery of UV techniques could mean to their competitive position and their bottom line. UV printing is not for the faint

Substrate Options —‘Paper or Plastic?’
September 1, 2007

WHEN IT comes to printing on paper, the field is crowded and the competitive situation is intense. Commercial printers looking for ways to differentiate themselves have cast an eye on the market for printing on plastic as a way to add value and boost profits. Sales of UV-equipped presses are said to be on the rise, suggesting that more printers are working with plastic now than ever before. Even so, it would be an exaggeration to say that printing on plastic is sweeping the industry. This is not to say that printing on plastic isn’t an attractive opportunity with plenty of profit potential, but

COLDSET UV PRINTING — LIGHT NEWS DAYS
May 1, 2006

THE NEWSPAPER industry has seen better days. Facing greater competition from Internet resources, all-news cable TV channels and free tabloid dailies, the once-venerable broadsheet business is now, itself, making headlines. Many reports on the newspaper industry involve consolidation, fire sales or massive layoffs. Still, newspaper printers have found ways to remain profitable. One option is to produce commercial work during press downtime. Some coldset printers have added UV drying systems to their presses to enable the printing of advertising inserts and related materials. Take Eagle Web Press of Salem, OR, for example. The company, which traces its roots to 1970, boasts a staff of more than

Alliance Press — Primed for Curing Success
March 1, 2005

Let's get a few things straight about Matt Edwards. The president of Knoxville, TN-based Alliance Press is ultimately focused on providing the best possible product that coldset web printing can provide. Period.

Secondly, in order to meet that end, Edwards is interested in fresh and innovative ideas. So when he attended a UV printing seminar held by Prime UV and Flint Ink a couple years ago at the Web Offset Association's (WOA) annual conference, Edwards found the best of both worlds—one that would launch the coldset printer into the realm of UV printing on coated and supercalendered stocks.