Premier Printing in Canada Installs 2nd LED UV Long Perfector
Premier Printing Ltd. of Canada recently announced it became the first commercial printer in North America to successfully convert two long perfector sheetfed offset presses from conventional solvent inks into LED UV printing.
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and founded in 1962, Premier has long been a leader in the long perfecting world, with three perfector machines distributed across its facilities in Canada. The company adopted its first AMS XP7 Series LED UV system on a MAN Roland 700 8-Color Long Perfector in September 2014, and recently installed its second LED system on a Heidelberg XL 105 10-Color Long Perfector.
"LED is the future of commercial printing'" declared Tom Bennett of Premier who shared their story at the PRINT UV 2015 Conference held earlier this month in Las Vegas as he played a video showing the LED presses in action. "With LED we're achieving excellent cure even at our highest speeds, our turnaround time has decreased by 40%, we have immediate bindery processing, and the ink has better holdout for brighter, more intense color".
After years of printing with conventional inks, LED printing, which is based on energy efficient UV Light Emitting Diodes, means less hassle and better productivity for Premier. There is no time lost cleaning dried ink from the delivery pans, and no more cleaning spray powder from the press deliveries or bindery equipment, which was typically a bi-weekly occurrence. The eco-friendly LED UV lamps are instantly activated and produce no harmful heat or ozone, and pose no risk of mercury contamination to the pressroom or printed sheet.
With LED printing, paper is saved via smaller sheet sizes that do not require the traditional "gutter space" for slow down wheels in the delivery needed to prevent the marking of conventional inks. Impression cylinder jackets are no longer required to prevent wet ink transfer and spray powder/protective varnishes are completely eliminated. Added Bennett, "With LED-UV marking on the down-side of the sheet, or in the bindery is a thing of the past… PERIOD".
"I'm one of the guys in our shop who's responsible for implementing LEAN principles, so all of my waking hours are spent looking for ways to do things more efficiently, more cost effectively, and with better quality" said Bennett. "LED-UV enabled us to move from traditional batch production to continuous flow, with our main objective being lower turnaround time. With conventional inks we always had the dry time between press and the next process in the bindery. With LED we have gone from 3 days with our batch workflow to 3 hours with continuous flow. We liked it so much... we converted another press to UV LED".
"We are thrilled with the success Premier has achieved in such a short period of time on not just one, but two LED perfecting presses" remarked Steve Metcalf, CEO of Air Motion Systems | AMS. "The success of UV LED curing in sheetfed offset printing has reached a tipping point well beyond our expectations. We congratulate Premier for their vision and leadership in the printing industry".