02 February 2014 Analogue Printing Technologies

Platinum prepares for Komori H-UV installation

Harrogate company is only the second in UK to buy new generation UV press in recent months.

Platinum Print in Harrogate is installing a Komori H-UV press this month. The four-colour B2 press replaces a five-colour Komori Spica at the business and is considered the ideal platform to continue growth in fast turnaround print.

Mark Plummer who has recently become managing director of the business, says: “Over the last 18 months we have seen growth not only in our digital volumes but also in the demand for litho work where we need to speed turnaround and increase capacity.”

The company has been handling a growing volume of uncoated papers and the instant drying on these stocks is a key element of the decision. “We are a fast turnaround printer with many of our customers wanting to use uncoated stocks and these do not dry as quickly,” he says. Thanks to make ready advantages over the existing presses, Plummer reckons that Platinum will be able to double output. Makeready, he says, will be in 35 sheets, around 25% of the current levels.

The cost of inks is not a concern when judged against the benefits spread across the entire cost of a job. “There will be big savings in energy, from not using the hot air dryer and through not having the anilox coater. From that point of view we will be making savings,” he says. This also fits with the company’s strong environmental stance, which has earned the business ISO 14001, running process less plates, an electric delivery van and LED lighting throughout the factory.

The company will also be able to print on films and other plastic substrates, where it can cross market with its growing display print division. But the big advantage will come from faster throughput. “The instant drying will enable us to take jobs straight form the delivery back to the feeder for work and turn – so we can keep the same plates on the press rather than having to remove them while we wait for half-finished jobs to dry. Having subjected the Komori LS29 H-UV model in Komori’s Utrecht showroom to our own stringent mini-production run trials, we can’t wait to put it to work here!”

It is the second of the H-UV machines to be sold in the UK, after Hertford Offset signed for a press last year. Ryedale Press has had an H-UV Lithrone for around two years, printing plastics as well as papers on it predating Komori's recent marketing efforts, Platinum, however, may have its press in operation before Hertford as less work is needed to accommodate the installation than at Hertford. Komori is also understood to have a signed a third order. Komori has sold more than 300 H-UV equipped machines worldwide and will bring a five-colour B1 press to Ipex next month.

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