UV Inks - Environmentally Friendly
Our Ryobi 5 Colour + Coater A1 Offset Press uses environmentally friendly UV Inks. UV Inks are not only environmentally friendly, they also provide a crisper, sharper dot resulting in a superior printed product with more vivid, vibrant colours.
Are UV printed products recyclable? UV printed products can be recycled or disposed of in exactly the same manner as other printed material. They are biodegradable. Even the most heavily printed sheet can be processed by existing processes.
Does UV Printing produce dangerous emissions? UV ink does not contain dangerous VOC's (Volatile Organic Components) like conventional printing inks (which average 35% by volume). UV ink does not give off any emissions. The curing of UV ink by special lamps only produces small amounts of ozone.
Are Toxic materials used in UV inks and coatings? UV inks are formulated from materials other than those known to be toxic. UV inks eliminate VOC's and spray powders from the process and reduce the amount of aggressive cleaning chemicals used due to better stability of inks on the press.
Is UV printing a new product? No. UV printing has been in widespread use around the world for over 30 years, mainly in packaging. UV printing for commercial brochure / book printing is growing at 3 times the rate of other sectors of the print industry. It is very common in Europe and America, in fact in some countries printers are forced in to its use to meet tougher environmental laws. Australian uptake of UV printing has been slow due to the difficulties developing the skills needed.
What are the other benefits of UV printing?
There are many:
- The printed product contains many thousands of very small dots, the UV ink dot does not leach into the paper, as it sits on the top and gives a crisper and sharper dot, resulting in a superior printed item.
- Less waste in the process due to no set off.
- Faster job completion, a job can be printed and cut or folded immediately after printing (normally 4 to 8 hours for conventional inks).
- Higher surface resistance to rubbing or scratching. Using conventional inks requires an additional "sealing varnish" to protect against rubbing or scratching, at additional cost.
- Better quality of finishing options, such as LotsaGloss, LotsaMatt or LotsaDuo Kote are available. These offer opportunities for product enhancement at very little additional cost.
- UV ink is able to be printed on a wider range of stocks of paper, plastic or synthetics.
HP EcoSoloutions - Trained Printing Company
Lotsa Printing uses HP Latex Printing Technologies for our signage products and has a full time representative who has successfully completed the HP EcoSolutions training. This training focuses on reducing the environmental impact of our wide format printing via the HP Latex Printing Technologies. This system seeks to improve our environmental performance and overall wide format printing operation.