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FLEXO Magazine : January 2012
Technologies & Techniques Alternative to Outsourcing Print CMYK + White & Clear ink Prototypes on Any substrate Until recently, production for realistic prototypes and comps was a very complicated proposition, requir- ing either specialized proofing equipment or large, expensive presses to run samples,” says Hiroshi Ono, group product manager, Roland DGA Corp. “Every time a press is stopped, thousands of dollars in production revenue is lost, in addition to the setup, labor and material costs associated with switching the job. “ What’s changed? Ono maintains that, “The VersaUV family of printers and printer/cutters handles prototyping processes as well as short-run label production for an initial investment of less than $60,000 . Low running costs further enhance the value proposition.” T he advanced UV curing and ink technol- ogy incorporated into VersaUV devices allows them to print on virtually any substrate used in commercial printing. In ad- dition, partnerships with color management software compa- nies such as CGS, EFI and GMG guarantee that prototypes are color matched to the press. Versatility, ease of use and the wide range of compatible substrates have made VersaUV very popular, according TECHNOLOGY TO WATCH Roland VersaUV LED Printers & Printer/Cutters • Introduction Date: 64-in. LEJ-640, April 2011; 54-in. LEC-540, Aug. 2010; 30-in. LEC-330 , Aug. 2009 • Benefits: Cost savings on labor and materials and creation of interesting tactile effects including matte and gloss finishes, textures, patterns and simulated embossing • Impact: Automated workflow for complex finishing processes allows for the ultimate in versatility • Experience: Ability to print cost effectively on actual substrates has transformed the workflow for package prototyping • Partners: CGS, EFI and GMG • Watch for: Affordable leasing options • 2012 Exhibitions: Westpack, ISA, INFO*FLEX, East- Pack, PackExpo and SGIA “ 32 FLeXO jAnuArY 2012 www.flexography.org Photo: CsW, ludlow, MA.