Under the theme of “Brighter Ideas for Low-Energy Printing,” Sun Chemical is showcasing for the first time in the UK its high performance, low-energy (LE) UV curing offset ink set, SunCure StarLite. Expanding the capabilities of SunCure StarLite, Sun Chemical is also launching at IPEX a new range of inks for LED UV curing systems.
Using the latest generation, “low energy” metal doped UV curing lamp and LED technologies, the SunCure StarLite range is designed for printing on paper, board and certain plastics as well as in non-food packaging applications. While offering the “instantly dry and finish-ready print” benefit of standard UV curing, LE UV systems use iron doped mercury lamps, so they don’t emit the shorter, ozone-generating UV wavelengths that require ozone extraction.
LED UV curing systems, although requiring higher initial capital investment, have significantly longer lamp lifetimes and, as they emit no heat onto the substrate, are ideal for the production of print on a wide range of substrates, including synthetics and low weight materials.
The SunCure StarLite range offers excellent dot gain and trapping properties to ensure the highest print quality output and produces low odor.
The SunCure StarLite portfolio also includes a full range of products for added value printing on LE UV and LED UV curing presses. These include overprint varnishes and coatings to enhance print reproduction and increase gloss as well as improving physical and chemical resistance. Specially adapted matt and gloss “drip off” effect finishes and gold and silver metallic inks are also available, as well as special and Pantone SunCure Lite blend colors on demand.
“With the benefits that LE UV and LED UV presses offer – significantly lower energy costs, an increased range of applications and a smaller footprint – it’s not surprising that there has been a relatively rapid uptake of low-energy presses,” Richard Kemp, business director of UKI and Nordic, Sun Chemical, said. “However, to ensure that print service providers are able to extract the best possible print quality and return on their investment in these presses, we have developed and are showing at IPEX our SunCure Starlite range of inks, which now includes our brand new inkset for LED UV presses.”