Nazdar Ink Technologies is working with Focus Label Machinery to promote UV LED curing technology to the narrow web flexo market across the UK and EMEA region.
James Thomas, business development and marketing manager at Focus Label Machinery, explains: “We demonstrated Phoseon UV LED technology at our Open House event earlier this year. Following great feedback from visitors, we decided to fully fit our 6-colour e-flex press with Phoseon lamps and after completing some ink trials are now running Nazdar inks to demonstrate the benefits of UV LED technology to the label and packaging market.”
Nazdar offers a range of flexo inks suitable for UV LED curing, including metallics, peel and reseal coatings and Nestle compliant inks which is said to offer equal colour strength to conventional curing ink systems.
To be honest, switching to LED UV should be a no-brainer given the obvious savings. UV LED lamps use far less energy than conventional mercury lamps and there is no ozone production, so less extraction is required. In addition lower heat output from lamps means it is easier to manage temperature-sensitive substrates. LED arrays also last far longer than Mercury lamps and there’s less heat-up time as UV LED lamps are ready to work in minutes.