Jaymar Packaging is commissioning a Roland 706 at its premises in Crewe, a machine that is its first with UV lamps and the first retro fit that IST (UK) has handled.
The “very low mileage” press was sourced from the Czech Republic after Jaymar began looking for a UV equipped machine to join an existing Roland 705. However, having failed to find one to meet its needs, realised that adding UV to a press that was built with UV in mind, would achieve the same ends.
As well as increasing capacity for the business, the UV machine will open markets, says production director Gary Marsh. “It will help us attract more value added work,” he says. “We are in the middle of the country with UV equipped printers to the north and south of us, but not near here.
“It is getting harder and more expensive to outsource UV work and it is a sector in which we see an increase in demand. We hope we can produce more for both the pharmaceutical and high impact packaging sectors.”
The press had pipework and seals to the specification needed for UV printing, making the conversion much easier. Marsh says he spoke to other suppliers before settling IST. “I’ve worked with them before,” he says. His background has included UV printing so the process was known.
IST has fitted three inter deck lamps with two in the delivery of the press. Rollers have been changed to Westland combination rollers from BFS that will allow Jaymar to run both UV and standard inks. The UV inks will be supplied by Flint which already supplies conventional inks. BFS has also supplied Finite dress, a transparent film that will protect the press from ink marks, grease and other contamination that can detract from its as new appearance.
While the UV equipment has been fitted, Jaymar plans to commission the press in standard mode before trialling the UV equipment which Marsh is planning to do in coming weeks. “We want to run conventional before putting UV through it,” he says.
Once the press is fully operational, Jaymar plans to strip down to the five-colour Roland 700 for a complete refurbishment and will move it into the same new extension that is housing the six colour machine. This is kitted out with Roland’s Color Pilot and Eagle Eye quality systems. The press was built in 2006 “and is almost brand new”, says Marsh.
With both machines are operational harness, Jaymar may need additional finishing equipment and is already looking at carton gluing and cutting and creasing equipment.
IST (UK) started to offer a retrofit service to meet growing interest in new generation UV technology from commercial printers where the company can offer single-lamp systems and LUV, its implementation of LED-UV. IST (UK) joint managing director Chris Schofield says: “We are delighted to help Jaymar add UV to its latest press and we hope to do more retrofit work in 2016. This can take five or six days for conventional UV buts 1-2 days for LE-UV and LUV.”