Screen Australia first with Truepress Jet L350UV showcase at PacPrint13
12th March 2013
Dainippon Screen Australia will be the first Screen subsidiary to showcase a working, commercially available Screen Truepress Jet L350UV at a major trade fair, with the official release date to be announced soon after PacPrint13. The local showing follows the technology demonstration at drupa and LabelExpo Americas less than a year ago.
“We’re very excited about bringing the L350UV to PacPrint,” says local Managing Director Peter Scott; “it’s not just that it is our newest digital press but the specifications and performance place the L350UV right at the top level of currently available digital label presses.”
Scott nominates features such as the 350mm web width and 50 metres-per-minute linear speed amongst the class-leading features, saying, that, “at 350mm, or 13.7 inches, the L350UV is more in tune with the expectations of Flexo and Offset label printers where 350mm is a standard web width.
“As a UV press, this means the L350UV can take most of the standard stocks a label printer will have as inventory, without the need to order special narrower widths. There is no currently available digital label press faster than 50 linear metres-per-minute, or over 16 square metres-per-minute of printed labels,” he says.
According to the company, research conducted by the worldwide authority on the packaging, paper and print industry, PIRA (now Smithers-PIRA) shows that by 2016, 25.7 per cent of all labels used globally will be digitally-printed. Also, according to another leading research organization, IT Strategies, by 2015, 44.3 per cent of new label presses installed will be digital.
“It’s a good growth market for both label printers and digital press manufacturers,” says Scott.
The Truepress Jet L350UV prints in wide-gamut CMYK, with the option of adding white ink from the beginning of 2014. The print resolution of 600dpi with small 3 picolitre droplets, plus UV curing, ensures fine detail, excellent colour and resolving of very fine type. Each printhead delivers 4 levels of grayscale which, together with specific screening algorhythms, makes for very smooth gradations and vignettes.
“Productivity, ink and maintenance costs will place the L350UV way ahead of its nearest rival in efficiency and closer to UV Flexo than any other machine but with the advantage of short runs printed digitally,” says Scott. “It is engineered with Screen integrity and can comfortably produce 1.4 million square metres of labels per year. We are working with leading finishing manufacturers who will easily integrate Hotfoil stamping, Laminating, Die-Cutting and Stripping inline with the L350UV.”
Distribution for Screen’s Truepress Jet L350UV will be through its existing Flexo partner, Jet Technologies. “Jet Technologies’ deep understanding of the narrow web market, coupled with their success with our Flexo CTP platemakers, makes them the obvious choice,” says Scott. “At PacPrint, the press will be on the Screen stand but Jet Technologies is right across the aisle from us.”
Screen is on stand 1638 at PacPrint, with Jet Technologies on the adjacent stand 1238