KBA North America is introducing VariDry LED-UV technology, as an interchangeable curing platform, for use on its sheetfed printing presses.
In summer 2014, KBA will be offering demonstrations of the new VariDry LED-UV curing technology at its customer centre in Radebeul, Germany, on presses like the Rapida 75, 105, 106 and thereafter on the 145.
KBA points to the following advantages of its VariDry technology, including: A savings up to 50 percent in power consumption and energy costs versus conventional UV dryers; no heat on the printed sheet (eliminating distortion of plastic substrates); no spray powders or other chemicals; yields of more than 15 times the lifespan of conventional lamps; and the flexibility to move LED-UV lamps interchangeably on press depending on job printing applications.
“We are the only large-format press manufacturer that can offer LED hybrid presses using both traditional UV and LED-UV processes,” stated Chris Travis, KBA Director of Technology. “At Drupa 2012, we demonstrated LED-UV drying on a Rapida 106 41-inch press – the first and only press manufacturer to do so. Today, we can offer LED-UV presses on all formats with or without traditional UV capability. We also offer traditional UV presses that are LED-UV-ready.
“This means that when a printer wants to switch to LED or complement a traditional UV press,” continued Travis. “It can be easily accomplished with a few modifications since all KBA UV presses are LED-UV ready.”