The Label & Print show marks the UK debut for IST’s new LEDcure SCR (stand H28), a dedicated LED-UV for retrofitting to narrow web label machines. This modular system can be tailored to all rotary and flexo presses with a scaleable width of 90 to 540 mm. The system can be retrofitted by IST (UK) engineers speedily and easily. The packaging includes cables, power supply, control and chiller, full light shielding and interlocking for total safety compliance.
‘There is growing interest in LED in both the litho and narrow web markets and we anticipate taking a number of enquiries about the technology and its advantages,’ said Simon Mitchell, joint managing director alongside Chris Schofield. ‘As part of a group we have comprehensive knowledge and 40 years’ experience in UV and can provide conventional UV, LED and LE/HUV options for new equipment and retrofits in the field. ITL, which specialises in UV options for digital equipment, is part of our group and jointly developed our X8 booster, which reduces energy usage with the UV options by up to 30%, and also the new LEDcure SCR.’
IST (UK) will also demonstrate its Hot Swap system which allows printers (litho and narrow web) to adopt and run UV and LED concurrently with transferrable cartridges which use the same housing and energy source. It is a great stepping stone into LED without risk.
Chris Schofield said, ‘The UK is behind the rest of Europe in its take up of LED but there is growing interest. Development in equipment and inks is rapid and this is likely to be a hot topic at Drupa so getting a preview at Label & Print will be a great opportunity for printers. The benefits of dry sheet technology for faster turnarounds coupled with the sharper quality that is achievable means more and more printers are looking at the UV options. LED UV inks are still more expensive but the energy usage is much lower. Simon and I will be on hand to discuss specific business and product needs and to advise on the right version UV technology for the application.’