Drying, Curing & UV

retrofits of conventional, LED and LE UV units for a wide range of printing presses and now that IST METZ has launched LEDcure SCR for narrow web label machines we can also retrofit this latest generation technology with immediate effect. This can be done in the field with minimal disruption to production. We always work closely with customers to get the timing right and retrofits come with warranties.” The modular LEDcure SCR system can be

tailored to all rotary and flexo presses with a scaleable width of 90 to 540mm. The system can be retrofitted by IST (UK) engineers speedily and easily. The packaging includes cables, power supply, control and chiller, full light shielding and interlocking for total safety compliance. “There is growing interest in LED in both the litho and narrow web markets and we are taking an increasing number of

IST implementing LEDcure SCR retrofits S

imon Mitchell, joint managing director of IST (UK), says, “For some time we have offered

enquiries about the technology and its advantages,” says Mitchell. “IST METZ has specialised in UV for over 40 years and provides conventional UV, LED and LE/HUV options for new equipment and retrofits in the field. ITL, which specialises in UV options for digital equipment, is part of our group and jointly developed our X8 booster, which reduces energy usage with the UV options by up to 30 per cent, and also the new LEDcure SCR. “Other European countries are currently ahead of the UK in the adoption of LED but we are fielding more calls at the moment.

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit makes printers reticent about making major capital investments so retrofit is a good way of adding value to a press, a way of extend the services a printer offers. The UV technologies enhance the quality of print and reduce turnaround times. Development in equipment and inks is rapid and this is likely to be a hot topic at LabelExpo later this year and Drupa next year,” says Mitchell. UV Days, an annual conference and exhibition, could signpost the direction for all matters UV. It is being held at IST METZ in Nürtingen, near Stuttgart, from 13 to 16 May is proving popular with over 50 suppliers running stands and nearly 1,000 visitors already signed up. The theme this year is Tradition meets Modernity. IST (UK) is based in in a 400m² facility in

Skipton which includes training and presentation areas, systems and spares storage as well as being the main base for the sales and service team.

Label maker installs first Mark Andy LED-UV press in Ireland


ublin-based HB Label Print is the first narrow web converter in Ireland (and the UK) to install a

Mark Andy press with LED-UV curing. The new eight colour P4 Performance

Series press is the third Mark Andy purchased by the company since it was established in 2002 and is the first 13inch (330mm) at the plant – the two existing Mark Andy 2200 lines both have the 10inch (254mm) web width. Speaking for HB Label Print, managing

director Ian Bowden comments: “We have always been a Mark Andy house because of the productivity of their presses and also always employed UV curing – so the latest P4 was as an easy choice and gives us cutting-edge technology with the Mark Andy Pro-LED system fitted.” According to general manager at HB,

Declan Boran: “The new press is already showing noticeable improvements to overall productivity, as well as attracting new work with its wider web and faster production speeds, with guaranteed 100 per cent curing.” Fitted with cold foil, turn bars, and delam/relam facility, the P4 also has two die stations, the second of which is the award-winning QCDC unit. Paul Macdonald of Mark Andy UK who supplied the press states: “The P4 is an ideal choice for label printers using 2200 series

machines as there is a high degree of compatibility between the two. The Mark Andy Pro-LED curing system offers significant advantages in terms of curing capability, even on full-out solids, low power consumption, zero heat in the work environment and no ozone generation. In addition, the lamps have a longer working life and suffer no drop-off in performance.” These advantages are especially important in the food sector in which HB Label Print operates under BRC Group A accreditation. From a small beginning on Rathcoole’s

Greenogue Business Park, HB Label Print has quadrupled its floorspace and now occupies units totaling 25,000 sqft. “We are very environmentally conscious here and are proud of our positive approach towards responsible packaging, which includes advising our clients on the best designs to minimise waste, especially of expensive and non-green material like foil. Careful design can maximise the effect and impact of ink, foil and other finishes, but also be less wasteful and therefore less harmful to the environment.” Looking at the ROI, there is a very fast

payback, because in addition to lower electricity bills, there also better curing performance at higher speeds on lighter weight substrates, no press downtime due to lamp changes or lamp maintenance

issues – not to mention the massively longer lamp life and an increase in green credentials because the LED does not generate ozone. “With our Ekocure portfolio of conventional and Low Migration LED inks and varnishes, HB Label Print can do everything today in LED that it has done previously with conventional UV – but faster, cheaper, safer and cleaner,” he adds. Declan Boran states, “We don’t have to

monitor the lamps for a drop-off in performance or have the problem of disposal when the time comes to replace them. LED offers a much more efficient and problem-free UV solution, with significant environmental benefits too.” May 2019 31

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