UV Printing is hot
Ultraviolet (UV) printing technology is a growing trend in the printing industry. The main difference between this method and the more traditional one is that ink is cured through a photomechanical process rather than evaporating solvents into the air.
Through this method printers can work in a clean environment, and results in zero emissions due to the lack of ozone fumes. This is achieved using HUV, a new UV printing method where ink is dried immediately on the surface of the paper it is being applied to using UV light.
When UV inks are exposed to UV light they turn from a liquid, or paste, to a solid at a rapid rate. Because there is very little absorption of the ink into the stock, there is less evaporation of solvents.
It is thought that this method of printing will also become the most cost-effective as well, meaning its prominence could soon be boosted. Currently the niche printing method is more visually appealing to conventional style printing, a lot quicker and reduces the damage to the environment considerably.
The Print UV 13 conference was recently held in Las Vegas where businesses and vendors came together to network and discuss the future of the industry.
Trelleborg Printing Solutions is one company that has been aspiring to bring in more efficient printing equipment. As part of this the firm attended the Print UV 13 conference where is revealed its recent work in developing and manufacturing printing blankets that enhance results when used with a HUV process.
Vice-president of sales development and marketing at Trelleborg George Christian said: “Trelleborg Printing Solutions has always had a philosophy of protecting the environment as much as possible, and we are eager to partner with our customers as they adopt more sustainable products and procedures.”
“Participating in Print UV will allow us to discuss how we can contribute to customers enhancing their printing processes,” he added.
UV printing is certainly a hot topic in the printing world right now. It is more sustainable than conventional printing and is becoming cost effective as well. In the future more organizations may be able to make substantial savings using this growing technology.