The Look of Glass: Getting Smooth, Clear UV Coating Again!
I specified the machine with a coating unit that, until this request, had not been installed on any of this OEM’s machines delivered here in the United States. I’m sure that I don’t have to tell you about the eyebrows that were raised or the phone calls that I received early on, but the requests were fulfilled and the machine delivered early last month. It is now up and running.
I was recently on site to initiate the UV application and process training along with the UV production start up. Let me say this; regardless of the press speed, sheet size or substrate, the coating looked and felt as smooth as a sheet of glass with not a bubble in sight. The results were outstanding.
Knowing how “out of the norm” this request had been, I want to thank everyone involved for their support throughout this order and delivery. A satisfied customer is priceless.
Personally, I can’t tell you how good it felt to see coating like in the “good old days” again.
We all know how printing can be a high-pressure business, but remember, there are times when pressure is a great thing.
Darren has worked in the printing industry for 30 years and spent more than 12 years at two of the nation's leading high-end commercial printers: Bradley Printing in Des Plaines, IL, and Williamson Printing Corp. in Dallas, TX. During that time, he operated conventional and UV 40˝ sheetfed presses and also successfully managed a $15-million pressroom equipment transition. Darren also was Lead Press Instructor for Heidelberg, where he directed specialty equipment startups and was involved in all aspects of the printing process by teaching both instructor and pressroom employees.
In addition, he served as a troubleshooter for various printing companies in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. As operations manager for a start-up specialty folding carton company, he played a key role in achieving more than $6 million in sales within two years. Currently Darren is president of D.G. Print Solutions, a consulting firm that supports printing companies of all sizes. He specializes in growth development planning, pressroom color management and pressroom training through specialty print applications.