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Heidelberg launches LED drying technology in Europe

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Press release from the issuing company

Full range of UV applications – full UV, LE UV, and LED

  • First installation in Switzerland – customers impressed by quality
  • DryStar LED scores full marks for radiation and energy efficiency
  • Complete integration into the press and remote capability ensures straightforward operation and excellent reliability
  • Package includes perfectly coordinated Saphira LED consumables

More and more industrialized commercial print shops around the world are utilizing the benefits of UV technology. Arriving completely dry in the delivery, the sheet can be forwarded directly to postpress, while the range of suitable substrates stretches from paper to plastic and films. Very high levels of gloss can be achieved, thus supporting an extensive range of special effects. As a result, print shops can gain a competitive advantage by standing out from the crowd and handling short print runs and multiple job changes in the shortest possible time. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) supports print shops by supplying the best drying and radiation technology to suit their specific needs – from lamp technology for full UV and LE (low energy) UV to new diode technology with LEDs (light emitting diodes). Naturally, the products are complemented by fully comprehensive consulting services that ensure print shops are using the best system for their needs.

Many commercial print shops have already opted for the environmentally friendly DryStar LE UV dryer. Now, companies can invest in the next level of innovation – DryStar LED, the most advanced drying technology available to date. Developed by Heidelberg, the DryStar LED system has been designed specifically for sheetfed offset and scores top marks in radiation and energy efficiency values, cutting energy consumption by an additional 50 percent compared to the DryStar LE UV and as much as 90 percent compared to the DryStar UV. Heidelberg offers a complete package for LED that comprises machine, consumables, and service. Thanks to full integration into the press, intuitive operation via the Prinect Press Center, remote services compatibility, and perfectly coordinated Saphira consumables, DryStar LED delivers excellent process reliability and outstanding productivity at up to 18,000 sheets per hour. This performance has been proven on more than 20 presses installed in Japan since 2013. Japan was the first LED market for Heidelberg due to the country's very stringent legal regulations on energy savings. Now the company is using the expertise and positive feedback gained there to launch the technology onto the European market. The first systems in the USA will then be installed at the end of the year, while the roll-out in the rest of the world is scheduled for the start of next year. Saphira consumables will be continuously developed in parallel and a larger range created.


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