Presstek Offers UV Option for Offset Digital Presses
Headquartered in Hudson, N.H., Presstek—a leading manufacturer and marketer of digital offset printing business solutions—introduced a UV printing option for the Presstek 52DI and 34DI digital offset presses at drupa, which took place May 29th through June 11th in Dusseldorf, Germany.
“Printing with UV waterless inks on Presstek’s DI presses expands Presstek’s opportunity to provide the highest quality, lowest cost four-color offset solution for a wider range of markets, including consumer packaging, point-of-purchase and direct mail,” said Klaus Schleicher, Presstek group product director, digital printing business unit. “This new UV option for DI presses will open new doors for Presstek, our customers, and their clients by offering a ‘best of both worlds’ scenario.”
Presstek DI presses are designed to produce fast turnaround short-run, high quality color work on a wide range of substrates. By adding the UV printing option, the already flexible Presstek 52DI and 34DI presses can switch between standard waterless inks and UV waterless inks for an increased competitive advantage.
UV printing represents a significant growth opportunity for print service providers. With the DI implementation, even faster turnaround is achieved with the UV waterless inks drying instantly, as each sheet exits onto a transport ramp, under UV lights and into a high-pile delivery system. UV waterless inks have the potential to achieve greater densities than conventional waterless inks and provide superior printing on a full range of plastics and specialty substrates, including lenticular.
Faster drying times and high-fidelity reproduction on non-porous materials and uncoated stocks result in faster turnaround times and a higher quality process for the production of labels, direct mail, packaging, point-of-purchase materials and general commercial printing. These light-fast inks also offer increased durability and quality when printing on foils, vinyls, films and plastics.
“In line with our overall strategy, UV waterless inks are environmentally friendly, with no VOCs, reduced energy consumption, less makeready waste and faster drying times,” continued Schleicher. “The already wide range of applications that can be cost-effectively produced on Presstek DI presses just got wider, making it easier for printers to differentiate themselves in a very competitive marketplace, with even faster turnaround times.”