Kemtek Print Solutions hosted an exclusive and informative Komori Printology H-UV Conference on 8 April at its new Centre of Excellence in Johannesburg. The conference proceedings highlighted the substantial benefits of Komori’s innovative UV curing system.

Gavin van Rensburg, Group MD of Kemtek Imaging Systems Holdings, announced that Kemtek has sold the first H-UV multicolour press in Africa to CPW Printers in Pietermaritzburg. The machine will be installed in August this year.

Tony Carter, Director of distributor sales at Komori International Europe, gave an introduction to the development of H-UV, and said that Komori developed a new way of drying and a new range of inks to offer a unique technology that has strong benefits for the end user. ‘The technology greatly improves pressroom efficiency and meets printer’s aspirations of reducing production costs, broadening market possibilities, shortening lead times and improving margins,’ he said.

The Komori H-UV System is an innovative UV curing system that uses a UV lamp developed with Komori know-how and high-sensitivity UV ink. With just one lamp mounted in the delivery, this system offers high print quality and reliability as well as excellent economic and eco-friendly performance.

The award-winning H-UV drying system enables jobs to continue straight through to the finishing department immediately after printing – whatever the job and whatever the material. This leads to reduced paper waste and ink usage, lower use of energy, fewer man hours and, because of the H-UV system’s quick drying, the elimination of spray powder and no marking. The system gives users an outstanding improvement in drying time coupled with higher printing quality on various substrates.

Carter also mentioned that using the H-UV system makes printing on carton board and plastic possible and that the inks give higher gloss levels, especially on low grade papers. He said that there was a reduced initial cost compared to a conventional UV system as the H-UV system is mounted inside the printing press, so the power supply unit is very compact. The system is also environmentally-friendly due to the reduction of light emitted in the ozone-generating wavelength of the spectrum that occurs with conventional UV lamps.