Flint Group has always been working on the development of UV LED compatible ink technology, and by launching the new VANTAGE LED, it provides an additional benefit by using an EcoLUX LED lamps supplied by Air Motion System, which develop LED UV technology often applied in the sheet-fed offset industry.
The benefits by receiving the VANTAGE LED are:
- Pre-conversion consulting and training.
- EcoLUX LED lamp, which reduces up to 80% of the mercury content on the lamps to assure long life and minimize the absorption of mercury within the lamp.
- XCURA LED inks and coating.
- Matching pressroom chemicals and blankets.
- LED support during and after conversion.
“LED curing technology will change sheetfed offset printing forever; there is no doubt. VANTAGE LED has been developed to ensure those wishing to convert to LED curing can do so with confidence in a very short space of time. Our expert print technicians will audit an operation in the first instance and a full cost-benefit analysis will follow; a press can be converted in as little as one day. We have seen a staggering increase in factory-fitted LED presses, but the process of converting existing presses to LED, with retro-fitted lamp systems, allows printers a fast track to the benefits this technology brings.”
– Jim Buchanan, Global UV Business Development Director for Flint Group Packaging & Narrow Web
Flint explains VANTAGE LED is fitted toward users of legacy UV methods and for those printers who have had no exposure to UV curing methods but are now investigating LED technologies. It is available for the sheet-fed commercial printers who want to offer faster improvements and expand the range of substrates, as well as existing UV curing printers looking to reduce their energy consumption.
UV LED for sheet-fed printers offer many benefits such as immediate drying, no more spray powder and oil-based or water-based cases so varnishes or coaters are no longer used for protection, resulting in material and energy cost savings.
Similar to the EFI “cool cure” LED technology, which is designed to magnify its ability to do more for less. Extending the range of supported substrates, including lower cost and added-value specialty media, with cool curing. It also has a greater color consistency with superior ink technology and longer lamp lifespan, more versatility and more uptime, for all energy efficiency of large and small format printing systems.
It is up to you to chose this technology or not, depending on the business you need or manage to make the best decision for your company, we at FLAAR Reports are developing an entire set of consulting services which may be appropriate for your needs.
Source: Flint Group, efi VUTEk, Air Motion Systems