At the meeting in late June in London exhibition Fespa-2013 we noticed a new trend — there were solutions for the conversion of eco-solvent printers, UV.
About the peculiarities of the technology and its prospects for us there at the show we spoke with the director of Business Development Ukrainian IPS Alex Zaika and CEO of Russian «AT DESAYN» Sergey Prudnikov. There is a solution that allows you to turn the eco-solvent printer UV, with inexpensive. If it works, then why developers continue to create specialized UV printers, why not take advantage of all the simple and inexpensive conversion? What’s the catch?
A. 3. In fact, there is no catch. Any specialized solution is designed for a specific task. Before we continue, I want to emphasize that it is necessary to distinguish this innovative technology from its various implementations. At the heart of our named SmartUV — hybrid solvent-containing inks with an innovative component for UV curing source with a very low energy. This technology is similar to that offered by Mimaki model SUV.
Why do it? Conventional solvent printer from Mimaki and Roland when working at high speed consumes about 2.5 kW for the whole system, and with an additional drying — still about 1.5 kW. Trending latex printers have a crazy energy consumption needed for the final «baking» latex on a substrate at a temperature of over 100 ° C. As a result, a small latex printer consumes about 4 kW. Or take a normal UV printer (not with LED source) — only one UV lamp consumes 3.5 to 5 kW. In eco-solvent printers, there are other problems. For example, low resistance to abrasion and fingerprints dry. How to solve these problems? Lamination, but this entails a cost of laminating, staff, and additional power consumption.
What does the conversion of eco-solvent printer? Its capabilities greatly expanded, with investment in conversion is very low. Of course, skepticism is appropriate in such cases. But name another system conversion, allowing approximately 4,000 conventional units empower printing solutions doubled …
You may think that it is a miracle. But if you understand what it is reached, there is no magic. There are innovative hybrid ink system consisting of low odor solvent and unique UV-polymer. With the machine you are doing almost nothing (depending on the structural elements of the printer and its security ink system from the exposure light). Only need to refill the ink, but the owners of printers in the CIS it is not frightening — many perform such an operation every six months. The result achieved by the combination of the best properties ekosolventa (flexibility, strength, lack of textural prints) and UV (mechanical, chemical stability).
Featured print samples really are flexible colorful film in combination with the durability and high gloss. However, a significant distance from the printhead to the range of UV-curing means that the time to spread the drop. Is not there because of this loss of image detail?
AZ Drilling may be lost from the properties of the ink, and the design of the printer is dependent not essential. How droplet spreads depends on the surface tension of the ink — in the solvent is less than in the thick UV. And most of all affect the details of the properties of the ink. Featured prints obtained using the first version of the hybrid ink in Russia will be delivered already the second, upgraded version of the ink SmartUV. Our colleagues from «AT DESAYN» will begin to work with it. Note that the ink is not just flexible — they can not be destroyed without tearing the film on which they are applied. Nothing like this with any other versions of the UV ink on the market can not be achieved.
And would not it possible that by adopting its decision, you are «hooked» on the super-expensive ink customers?
AZ Now our inks are priced «eco-solvent relatively expensive.» But the important thing is that we have only begun. Once in our markets will be about a hundred SmartUV-systems, the price of ink drops to the price of conventional eco-solvent — it is only a matter of time and volume. Ultimately, the cost price is primarily due to volume production. Yes, there is some allowance — call it «innovation component.» But everything is relative -, map, for example, the price of branded OEM ekosolvent or latex ink priced at more than $ 140. Per liter! And do not forget the very significant energy costs.
Cost of printing on our solutions is the cost of printing on ordinary ekosolventnikah. A similar energy because drying printer is not turned on — they are necessary for proper evaporation of solvent component. If this consumption UV lamp — the order of 400 watts. Nominal life — 10,000 hours, which is sometimes comparable to the life of the printer itself. Very similar to the regular lamp fluorescent, daylight. This is a significant savings compared to additional drying, the costs of 1.5-2 kW.
As is the case with a range of printed materials?
3. A. What is better ekosolvent in something — SmartUV. For example, ekosolvent works best photo paper. But for our industry are important parts. Ekosolventniki universal, but there are not ideal. At the same photo paper give a better quality photo printers ink jet. Therefore it is very important to compare. Our positioning SmartUV never stated as «Who will come and all porvёm!». This solution is ideal for various tasks. First — printing on selfglue. And this is — 80% of what makes the owner ekosolventnika. Then — on vinyl banner printing. All vinyl-containing materials are fantastic work with SmartUV. There are also a number of paper products that work well.
How many installations have already taken place?
3. A. Here in Ukraine is already running about a dozen systems.
And already scheduled the following — but they say it is, I will not, they have not yet taken place. The important thing is that two of our industrial customers SmartUV we have already done, and re-install. I think it’s a compliment to the undisputed technology. For example, there is a company that faces specific industrial tasks — printing of refrigerators, their branding. Until now, they have been forced to either print to ekosolventnikah and then laminated (due to the requirements for mechanical and chemical resistance of the image), or to put the UV system with high resolution, because the finest detail. The customer who bought our first system to solve this problem, faced a choice — either something to level the 3-meter Uvistar (this machine is capable of in the mode of interior quality to give the image the desired detail, has a high resistance) for the sum of about 350 thousand. USD. or a pair of Roland printers and execute print lamination, resigned to their high cost. What was done? We bought and installed our system in Chinese solventnik like Zenon DX-5 Pro width of 1.6 m. Works Obtain at speeds of 20 «squares» — 21-24 m2 / h. The cost price — lower than ekosolvente with lamination. It was November, and in February, the second set was installed. The performance of these three systems are equivalent to one Uvistar mode of interior quality. A value obtained by a fraction. The first system is already fully paid off. You will call me any example in our industry when printing solution can pay for itself in six months? I believe that nothing found me examples of repeated installations and payback speak for themselves. Another technology in our sector, offering consumers something like that, I do not see — cheap, effective and has no competitors for their tasks.
SP But the active promotion of solutions on the market no one has yet worked — we start the campaign after Fespa-2013. While the project is set to launch, the main burden fell on colleagues from the Ukrainian IPS. We are connected to this process and will soon announce its launch in Russia. Technical solution — UV drying system — has already been prepared and perfected by specialists IPS. It is constructed using components that are supplied by us from abroad.
AZ Of those solutions that I’ve seen on the show, I think our most technologically advanced.
How much for Russian customers will be converting a conventional 1.6-meter ekosolventnika and how complex this operation?
SP operation itself can perform even a competent printer. Drying — versatile and with a few adjustments within the system for the main printers Roland, Mutoh and Mimaki. The cost of drying will not exceed $ 4,000. The printer should also be replaced on the tube dampers and opaque, especially when applied continuous ink supply system. Otherwise there is a risk of clogging of the heads.
AZ Our colleagues from Colorific even do not change anything. Their customers — only cartridge system design and Roland printers is that they have no tubes that extend outwardly and can be exposed to light exposure.