Komori America Corporation, a premier manufacturer of sheetfed and web offset printing presses, announced today that McCallum Print Group has retrofitted its latest innovation—the H-UV curing system—on the company’s LS640 press. Seattle-based McCallum Print Group provides a wide range of in-house integrated direct marketing services that include high quality direct mail, mailing and distribution, assembly and fulfillment. As McCallum looks to add additional value to its products and services and increase overall efficiency, Komori’s proprietary eco-friendly UV curing system provides a perfect fit.
“Everything in our world today is on-demand and has to be turned around very quickly, so when it comes to putting ink on a substrate, Komori’s H-UV system is very appealing because the entire printing process is powderless. In addition, everything comes off the press dry and ready to handle, making it possible to do the finishing work immediately,” said Terry Storms, CEO and owner of McCallum Print Group. “Another huge advantage is the enhanced image quality we can achieve with the ability to create special effects on a variety of substrates, like strike-through varnishes for our packaging applications. We also liked the affordability of the H-UV system. It is about half the cost of a conventional UV system.”
Because McCallum management believes that sustainable practices are critical for its business and its clients' businesses as well, they see the addition of Komori’s H-UV system as an integral part of an ongoing commitment to an efficient use of resources. “We are 100 percent renewable energy driven; and last year the EPA rated us as the 17th largest print buyer of renewable energy, so it is evident that sustainability is an important factor in every decision made at this company,” said Storms.
The H-UV system supports the company’s environmental stewardship in a number of ways. Since it is a one lamp system, energy usage is significantly reduced when compared to traditional inter-deck UV systems, and it uses less power than the traditional IR drier that came with the press. Additionally, the ozone that is created with traditional UV applications is completely eliminated with the H-UV system.
“We are very pleased that McCallum Print Group has chosen to retrofit our H-UV system to its Lithrone S40 press to achieve both its productivity and stewardship goals,” said Jacki Hudmon, senior vice-president of sales and marketing at Komori. “As a company, Komori is proud to offer the marketplace an alternative to traditional UV that delivers a high print quality and reliability as well as excellent economic and eco-friendly performance.”