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UV LED Technology & the 2013 SGIA Expo
SGIA's Lia Milgram recently sat down with Ken Hanulec, vice
printers that use a lot less energy. The traditional UV curing
president of Marketing with EFI, a 2013 SGIA Expo Platinum
was done by quartz halide lamps. Quartz halide - it's a very
Sponsor and 2014 SGIA Expo Gold Sponsor Mimaki's Paul
intense light that gets very hot. We've never had an LED lamp
McGovern, marketing and promotions manager to discuss UV
failure in five years. We have not failed. They come instant
LED technology and its place within specialty imaging and at
on, instant off. Quartz lamps, have to regenerate themselves,
the 2013 SGIA Expo
and take four minutes to come up to power. They cannot turn
Here's what they had to say.
off and on that quickly. The advantage is there. Lightweight,
SGIA: Talk to me a little about UV LED technology, and its
advantages and benefits.
Ken Hanulec, EFI: The way the majority of UV printers work
today, they work by using heat to cure. Heat is a very disrup-
easy to use, less energy (at least 37 percent less energy) than
any conventional lamp, so you save power. Environmentally
You have to replace quartz lamps every 800 to 1000 hours,
tive process. Thin medias don't like heat; when you apply heat
and that costs up to $600. So whatever bulb technology you're
to cardboard, it tends to bow, so there are some challenges
using, the quartz technology, not only is it super hot, but it
when you use heat to cure. We came out with a system; that
can warp and bend substrates. Again, with the LED, you're not
features a combination of the printer, the software, the ink
replacing for five years, so that's a significant advantage of the
technology, and of course the hardware. We co-developed the
inks with the printing technology, and the curing technology is
designed into the ink system, so when you apply the LED light
to it, it cures the ink with no heat.
I use less energy. I can instantly turn the printing system on
SGIA: What can you tell me about your UV LED equipment,
and what you've brought to the 2013 SGIA Expo?
Ken Hanulec: We came out with LED about two and a half
years ago on our hybrid printers. We have a GS two-meter and
and off in the morning. I don't have to wait for the system to
a GS three-meter LX, or LED. That technology, there's over 175
warm up. It's not heat. It's just a light. Those are all benefits.
of those installed worldwide. We had so much success with
Because I'm not using heat, I can print on a much wider range
that technology, with feedback from the market and the cus-
of substrates, including very, very thin substrates, and very
tomers - they really bought into the value proposition of the
thin cling materials.
less energy, more substrates, lower running costs, lower ship-
If you were to go talk to the 175 installations we have, the
ping costs, just a greener process in general - we announced
number one thing everyone will tell you is it's more reliable.
at [the 2013 SGIA Expo] that we put it on our roll-to-roll device,
Paul McGovern, Mimaki: With LED printers, we came out
with a cost effective curing lamp to go into small tabletop
so we have a three-meter version with LED curing. That's the
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SGIA Journal November/December 2013
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)
Test the Water Before you Commit with SGIA's Digital Equipment Evaluations
How CorelDRAW® Can Help Transform Your Sign Shop
A Time for Leadership: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century
Extracting Lessons from SGIA’s 2013 Industry Data
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