IST (UK) launches LED UV retrofit option for narrow web labels

By Richard Stuart-Turner, Thursday 31 January 2019

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IST (UK) has launched a dedicated LED UV system that can be retrofitted to narrow web label presses.


IST (UK) jointly developed LEDcure SCR with ITL

LEDcure SCR is a modular system that can be tailored to all rotary and flexo presses with a scaleable width of 90 to 540mm.

Commercially available with immediate effect, IST (UK) said its engineers could typically retrofit the system onto an existing press in around two days. The package includes cables, power supply, control and chiller, full light shielding, and interlocking for total safety compliance.

“Our existing hybrid system enables you to print with conventional UV, and then if you decided to switch to LED at a later time, you could switch the lamp head using the cassette to LED UV,” said Simon Mitchell, joint managing director of IST (UK) alongside Chris Schofield.

“But LEDcure SCR is a dedicated LED system that can actually be retrofitted onto a machine to convert a press to LED 100%. It’s like an add-on system – you don’t need cabinets and all of the infrastructure for things like cassette holdings and housings, so it is more economic.”

IST (UK) jointly developed the new system with sister company ITL – both are part of the IST Metz Group. It will receive its UK show debut at Label & Print 2019, which will take place at Birmingham’s NEC from 27-28 February.

IST (UK) operates from a 400sqm facility in Skipton which includes training and presentation areas, systems and spares storage, as well as being the main base for its sales and service team. The business provides conventional UV, LED and LE/HUV options for new equipment and retrofits in the field.

“There’s an adjustment to move on from conventional UV inks to LED UV inks – there is a slight increase in cost – but benefits include energy reduction and the amount of spare parts and consumables is reduced significantly,” said Mitchell.

“So a cost analysis can quickly see that there is a cost saving to be had.”

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