Toppan Printing Company, Ltd. has developed a high quality industrial use ink jet printer, which it will use in its internal printing facilities and which it will also begin selling to other printing companies. Toppan’s ink jet printer incorporates UV curing technology to solve a common ink jet issue, which is to produce print quality equal to offset printing that is also water resistant.
Ink jet printers dominate the office and consumer markets, but have not penetrated into industrial use applications. This is due primarily to the fact that typically ink jet printing costs about 10 times more than offset printing and also has lower water resistance when standard printing paper is used. Toppan solved these issues by using UV curable inks that immediately cure when exposed to UV energy. The new printer incorporates two Fusion UV Light Hammer 6 (LH6) UV curing systems. Fusion UV’s LH6 is a 6-inch, microwave-powered, high output UV curing system. Toppan chose the LH6 because of its long life and stable output, which is so important for industrial applications.
It can print 2,200 sheets/hour with equivalent offset printing quality. The application for this printer is on demand printing.