Toray International America Inc., a premier supplier of computer-to-plate printing plates for the waterless printing market, will be showcasing its products and services designed especially for plastic card printing at the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) Card Manufacturing and Personalization Expo being held at Turnberry Isle Resort, Miami from April 15-18, 2012.
“Plastic card printing continues to be one of the fastest growing markets,” says Eric Friedman, North American sales manager of Toray. “Retail gift cards, customer loyalty cards, telephone cards, hotel key cards, and ID cards are just a few of its growing uses. Experts predict that the plastic printing market will continue to grow and evolve as new substrates are introduced. Toray’s computer-to-plate printing plates for the waterless printing market offers the best solution for plastic card manufacturers who require ease-of-use, economical savings, and production quality. We partner with leading waterless printing manufacturers to produce unique designs and fast turnaround.”
Printers who have switched from conventional offset printing to Toray waterless printing are discovering that waterless offers:
• Elimination of continually adjusting dampening units and troublesome ink–water balance
• An advanced photo-realistic print quality with minimal color fluctuations on the plastic substrate
• UV-cured ink technology that quickly hardens the inks on the plastic substrate providing faster turnaround time and more job through-put.
• Superior consistency of the final product
• Better adhesion and light-fastness
• Eradication of disposal problems and costs associated with processing and pressroom chemistries
“Plastic card printers who use waterless presses and our Toray plates report that they can produce very high quality cards in a fast turnaround time,” says Friedman. “Using a waterless press with UV ink technology, they are able to print more jobs per shift and not wait long hours for each side of the sheet to dry before it is sent for finishing. Plus, they can offer their customers an environmentally-friendly solution since waterless presses use UV printing inks that release zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making them safe for the environment and the consumer.”