In recent years, LED UV has started to make major inroads in commercial printing both with new presses and with retrofit units to add new life to older machines. Now it is starting to make inroads into label printing and other areas of packaging.
All will be explored in a day that covers the technology from the point of view of the lamp and press suppliers, the ink and consumables providers and the users.
The aim is “to tell the entire LED UV story, introducing the technology, explaining the competitive reasons to use it. The forum will be an opportunity for delegates to speak one to one with industry experts who will help them decide whether the technology is right for their printing business.”
The success of LED UV to a greater extent than any other printing technology depends on a close relationship between customers and suppliers working in partnership. It has been hit by the stigma of high ink costs, but users will point out that the lack of spray powder, reduced energy consumption and ability to print on uncoated and other difficult substrates more than mitigates this disadvantage.
Flint Ink’s narrow web division is one of the lead sponsors for the event and Keith Redmond, regional business manager UK & Ireland, says: “It's a great opportunity for British converters to get a complete overview of the real benefits and advantages that can be achieved with this technology, from a number of different end users, industry experts and OEMs successfully servicing the market today.”
Paragon Inks is the second headline sponsor with Spectral UV, Phoseon, GEW, IST UK, BFS Pressroom Solutions, BYK Additives, Huber, INX, Sun Chemical and AkzoNobel also sponsoring.
The speakers will cover the issues around the inks and choice of components and photo initiators, how lamp makers have developed their products and how. The press manufacturers are represented by Koenig & Bauer from litho, Domino representing inkjet digital and Mark Andy flying the flag for narrow web. Each seminar will open with Print Business editor Gareth Ward giving an introduction outlining the rise of LED UV and its benefits and close with his thoughts on what the future holds.
Further details are available from coatings.org.uk/uvledforum.
LED UV has the potential to transform many print businesses, but not everyone understands how it works nor its transformational potential. The seminars the BCF is running are intended to provide more information and the opportunity to find out more.
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