The purpose of having a UV-coater is to give a high glossy finish to your final prints and a protective coat. This kind of technology should be a must for your printshop; it also gives a plus to your company and allows you to have a bigger profit margin.
At this point are you really thinking about it aren’t you? Well the real deal here is in what you want to invest. “Should I invest in a UV-coater or a laminator?” for example. There are not correct answers here, it depends in what you are focusing on, because they are both good technologies and they have a lot of potential and applications.
Here we want to give you different perspectives to help you make up your mind.
What’s the difference between UV-Coating and Lamination?
The results of both UV-coating and laminating are very similar, but the technology and the processes are quite different.
In the laminating process, the part that gives the glossiness to the printed material is a film that is applied with heat to its surface. It really helps so the material stays dry and protects it from the UV radiation or any psychical damage.
With the UV-coating application, a resin is applied to the material and then cured with ultraviolet lamps. It gives more glossiness to the printed product and it also makes a barrier against scratches or fingerprint stains.
5 Reasons why you need a UV-Coater
The major efficiency of using a UV-coater is because of the workflow and due to the fact that the process is linear. The amount of printed material to which the varnish can be applied is much greater compared with a laminator. Greater quantity of pieces with final finishing in a short time.
Resin is a good material that can last for a long time, obviously depending on the type of treatment that is given to the printed material, but in general it is a substance that is very resistant over time.
- VISUALLY APPEALING
You can create things that can catch the eye of the beholder. You’re more likely to exponentially show a certain brand in a more effective way. Definitely using this type of coating makes the colors and textures stand out more, thus leaving a high quality final product.
The cost per piece is lower, again compared to a laminator. When using a laminator generally the pieces must be trimmed to eliminate excesses of the film, so you must have a separate cutter or hire someone to do it, but independently it is still much more efficient to use the coater since no extra finishing is needed to deliver the product on time.
- MINIMAL WASTAGE
With UV-Coating, there is almost no waste. The resin is applied uniformly, leaving all the parts covered, but all the excess can be re-used for the next batch.
How affordable is this type of technology?
The initial investment is not necessarily economical for one of these UV-coaters, you also have to take into account the shipment and other costs, but the ROI for these products is very high. The use of UV-coating on printed materials has not decreased in recent years and is the type of final touches that the customer often requests.
What brands to consider
Back in 2010, Drytac was one of the few selling UV-coating technology at a tradeshow. Now, eight years later Drytac has moved into the media and substrates market and is no longer selling coaters neither laminators. The market and the industry have grown; many different brands in the different continents have this technology, such as Marabu and Burkle.
Courtesy of Welte Bürkle.