SGIA Journal November/December 2013 - (Page 39)

feature UV LED Printing: Will Your Business Be Left Behind? Typical cost savings result from fewer lamp changes, energy savings, lower cost materials and less waste. Every new technology has its skeptics who take a wait-and-see attitude before getting on board. Now that UV LED technology has been in commercial use for over 10 years, let's take a look at what users of UV LED technology have to say, including press manufacturers, ink suppliers and end users. We'll address the common questions, concerns and misconceptions around implementing UV LED for specialty graphics applications. Is UV LED worth the investment? Foremost in any business owner's mind is whether UV LED is worth the investment. Of course that depends on a lot of different factors such as capital costs, operating costs (energy, ink, labor, maintenance, etc.), productivity and the potential for business expansion to name a few. Prices of UV lamps have come down significantly even as their energy output has increased. And it's also important to calculate the ROI for your business. UV chemistry platform manager, Collins Ink Corporation, said, "The lower energy consumption and longer life of the LED lamps can reduce operating costs sufficiently to make LEDs a more cost-effective option, despite the higher initial costs." 1 Jim Brush, owner of Empire Screen Printing who prints decals, labels, yard signs and more said his UV LED screenprinting press has a return on investment of three years based on energy savings, bulb replacement/disposal and reflector replacement.2 The cost to run a traditional UV press at Empire, based on 5000 hours, is $34,351 per year. The cost to run a UV LED press is only $658 per year, a savings of $33,693. Unlike traditional mercury lamps, LEDs are instant on/off, so the UV is only on when the ink is curing. This can lead to significant cost savings.3 Nazdar, a developer of UV LED screen inks for both the membrane overlay and graphics markets estimated paybacks for two different scenarios. In the first scenario, a six-station in-line mercury UV lamp press, 48-inches wide, is being retrofitted with UV LED lamps. The cost to retrofit is estimated at $504,000 and the annual savings at $184,700, resulting in a payback of three years. In the second scenario, a single-station press, 48-inches wide, is retrofitted with UV LED. The cost to retrofit is $92,000 with an annual savings estimate of $43,883, providing a payback of two years.4 "There is a strong business case for adding a device to an existing personalization business and also for starting a new business focused around UV applications," said Hiroshi Ono, group product manager, Roland DGA Corporation during a discussion about compact UV LED flatbed inkjet printers which now compete directly with pad printing. "In fact, the right UV LED printer generally pays for itself within the first three months, and offers profit margins per print ranging from 40 to 90 percent."5 Are the cost savings really there? The cost savings are a significant factor in any ROI or payback calculation for retrofitting or installing a new UV LED press. Typical cost savings result from fewer lamp changes, energy savings, lower cost materials and less waste. UV LEDs last longer than mercury vapor UV lamps, a 20,000-hour lifetime compared to under 2,000 hours, meaning less downtime, energy savings and lower costs. BFC Digitaldruck und Mediengestaltung, a German printer of outdoor advertising, signage and exhibition stands, reports changing the mercury UV lamps on its previous grand-format digital inkjet printer up to five times a year at a cost of $4,000.6 Because UV LEDs produce much less heat than traditional U V lamps, it's often possible to use less expensive materials that warp, shrink or expand Stacy Hoge, Marketing Communications Specialist, Phoseon Visit SGIA at SGIA.org SGIA Journal ■ November/December 2013 | 39 http://www.SGIA.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SGIA Journal November/December 2013

FEATURES
How to Survey Your Print Customers
Nanography™ and Nanotechnology: A Primer
How to Select Your Next Wide-Format Printer, Part II
Determining & Nurturing Your Areas of Opportunity
UV LED Printing: Will Your Business Be Left Behind?
Making Big Decisions: Will Doing Nothing Destroy Your Business?
MIS: Is Your System Working For You or Against You?
Sustainability and Media
Standardization and Process Control in Wide-Format Printing: Why It Will Change Your Life (And Make Your Customer Happy)
COLUMNS
Test the Water Before you Commit with SGIA's Digital Equipment Evaluations
How CorelDRAW® Can Help Transform Your Sign Shop
DEPARTMENTS
A Time for Leadership: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century
Extracting Lessons from SGIA’s 2013 Industry Data
New Products
SPECIAL EXPO
UV LED Technology & the 2013 SGIA Expo
The Ins and Outs of Color Management
SGIA Bestows “Product of the Year” Designation on Top Entries at 2013 SGIA Expo

SGIA Journal November/December 2013

http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/SeptOct19GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/SummerAPP2019
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/JulyAug2019GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/MayJune2019GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/Spring2019GAR
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/MarchApril2019GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/JanFeb2019GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/WinterGAR2019
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/NovDec2018GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/FallGar2018
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/SeptOct2018GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/TheSGIAJournalGarmentEditionSummer2018
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/JulyAug2018GFXFINAL
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/MayJune2018GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/SpringGAR2018
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/Industrial_Journal
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/GFXMarchApril2018
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/JF18_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/Winter_GAR18
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/ND17_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/Fall_GAR17
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/SO17_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/Sum_GAR17
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/JA17_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/MayJune17_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/j_v5i2_Spring17
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/MA17_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/JF17_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/Winter17_GAR
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/ND16_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/Fall16_GAR
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/SO16_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/Summer16_GAR
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/JA16_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/Spring16_GAR
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/MJ16_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/MA16_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/JF16_GFX
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/j2016_GAR_Wint2016
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol19i6
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/2015_garQ4_fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol19i5
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/j2015_garQ3_summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol19i4
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol19i3
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/j2015_garQ2_spring2015
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol19i2
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol19i1
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/j2015_garQ4_Winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol18i6v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/j2014_garQ4
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol18i5
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/j2014_garQ3
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol18i4
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol18i3
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/j2014_garQ2
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol18i2
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol18i1
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J2014_garQ1
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol17i8
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_v17i7
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_v17i6
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol17i5
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_vol17i4
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_v17i3
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_v17i2_2
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/J_v17i1
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/2012i5_demo_sp
http://www.nxtbook.com/sgia/Journal/carol_demo
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com