For the seventh time in succession, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) welcomed printers and production managers from around Europe to benefit from additional expertise in coating applications.
Around 120 attendees visited the exclusive four-day Coating Days learning event.
The event focused on the Heidelberg Saphira range of LED coatings for matte, gloss, and drip-off applications as well as a relief coating application, where comparable coating amounts are applied using screen printing.
‘Heidelberg’s Coating Days are the most efficient way for Heidelberg to share expertise aimed at further optimising the productivity of coating applications in conventional, UV, and LED jobs,’ said Bernhard Steinel, head of the Lifecycle Solutions Business Unit at Heidelberg.
Over and above these highlights and special applications, Heidelberg showcased a wide range of formulations for standard applications involving dispersion and UV coatings and how best to use them in combination with its press, consumables, and service. The agenda primarily featured already tested solutions that allow customers to reduce their optimisation overheads and provide profitable printing services directly. The presentations and workshops had a strong production focus, looking at the right way to handle coatings, from setting the coating unit and the screen rollers to clamping the coating plates through to measuring viscosity and cleaning. Attendees’ questions from their own production environments were answered directly by the application experts from Heidelberg as well as by technical support staff over the four day event.
Heidelberg is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of water-based and energy-cured coatings for offset printing through its full subsidiary Hi-Tech Coatings International with production locations in Zwaag (Netherlands), Aylesbury (England) and Reutlingen (Germany), supplemented by license production in Australia, India, and in the Middle East, and with its own coating production facility in Taylor (USA).