Given all the competing and economic forces in play, printers are in the hunt to find ways to drive sales. To that end, commercial and packaging printers are exploiting UV coatings as a value-added service that sets them apart from the herd. UV coating applications have evolved from their original...
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Epic Litho is using the H-UV to run both standard coatings, such as gloss and satin, pearlescent coatings, and specialty coatings, such as textured and heat-sensitive, scented, and scratch-off coatings.
The new press is already earning its keep: At the 2012 Printing Industry of America Premier Print Awards, the company won two Benny’s, for AS IF magazine, a visually driven artisanal publication founded by photographer Tatijana Shoan, and a second for a printed invitation for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The high-definition UV printing process was an integral part of both of the award-winning projects.
In May 2012, CPI Card Group installed a KBA Rapida 105 41-inch seven-color UV-equipped sheetfed press with tower coater, an eight-foot extended delivery, and plastics package in its Roseville, MN facility. The company produces finanical, identification and commercial gift cards in plants located throughout North America and England.
“UV is critical, when you look at the materials we are printing on—there is no other option than UV,” says Nick Kordosky, pressroom manager in the Minnesota facility.
The credit cards and gift cards are in-line coated for protection and surface requirement, such as gloss or matte finishes. CPI also runs foil stamping or glitter etch coatings, if the cards require special surface treatments, says Kordosky.
The press is also equipped with the KBA VariDry system with four interdeck UV lamps moveable throughout all seven printing units for complete flexibility. At the end of the press are three UV lamps and IR thermal air for instantaneous curing of plastics at high speeds.
“The interdecking allows us to move the curing system depending on the job, says Kordosky. If we are printing on foil, we print white first, one or two hits, then cure it, then print four-color process; if you don’t cure it first you will pick up the white. Other times we want to give an overall varnish so we want the curing station at the end.”
Also trending are UV coated business cards, which make an impression when networking, as they are glossier and often printed on heavier stock. MorningPrint.com, ian international online gang printing service specializing in business cards, post cards, and stickers added spot UV coating to its cadre of finishing options due to popular demand.