5 Advantages of Using UV InkPosted by John C Arkin on December 28th, 2009
Ultraviolet ink or UV ink has many benefits compared to normal printer inks. People by now should be taking advantage of the UV ink. As a matter of fact, the UV ink benefits the user or the print buyer, the printer, and the environment. Hence, companies and homeowners should be taking into consideration by now the various benefits UV ink can bestow to them. Let us discuss each benefit of the UV ink.
How UV ink benefits the printer
First and foremost, the UV ink is not the type of printer ink used in traditional printing. Instead, the UV ink is a dual state substance, which means that it is in fact a solid that remains in liquid form until the moment it is exposed to UV light. Applied on a press during the printing process in the same way as traditional printer ink, however UV ink is dried within seconds by lights mounted on the press.
So in what way does UV ink benefit the printer? It is actually uncomplicated because the UV ink immediately dries as the as the sheet passes under the light, the sheet is prepared for the next production move as it comes off the press. With traditional printer ink, the printer must let the sheet dry completely. This involves a lot of time which may either be several hours or even overnight. Hence, UV ink is more classically efficient as it allows more work to be done in less time spent.
UV Ink benefits the user/print buyer
Aside from the efficiency of UV ink, which is its core advantage for the printer, it also has several benefits to the user or the print buyer. There are certain scenarios wherein UV ink is ultimately the better choice.
For those who are doing a rush job, time is of the essence. UV ink is very useful in a rush-job situation. As already specified, it dries quickly compared to traditional printer ink. For that reason, the user or print buyer gets a faster turnaround on a job.
If you are using uncoated stock, and you prefer to have a crisp look to the text and graphics, then UV ink is the ink you need. Traditional inks sink into uncoated stock. On the other hand, UV ink is cured really fast, even seconds on the press, which means that it does not have time to settle into the stock. Only through UV ink that the user can have a crisp look to the text and graphics with the use of uncoated stock.
In addition to that, if you are using coated stock and prefer to have a softer finish, UV ink can provide you with that look on coated stock. UV ink can also help you control the amount of smudging and abrasion given the fact that it flash-dries on press which enables it to resist the smudging and scrapes.
UV ink can also be an invisible ink. Used during espionage during various wars, this can also be used in protecting company information. In corporate feuds, invisible ink may be advantageous to whoever uses it.
How UV ink benefits the environment
UV ink allows printers to use ink that has no toxins unlike the traditional solvent-based ink. Since it does not have solvents, UV ink can be applied to both flexible and hard surfaces. Conventional ink is actually harmful to the environment. When it dries, traditional printer ink releases solvents that evaporate to the atmosphere and volatile organic compounds (VOC). These VOCs imperil the environment. This transpires because 60 to 70 percent of traditional printer ink is made up of those harmful solvents. Usually it is this 60 to 70 percent of the traditional printer ink, which are wasted during the printing procedure. On the other hand, UV ink is really environmentally friendly. There is not a fraction of it that is wasted during printing. Since it is a two-part acrylic epoxy, UV ink, which is part A, has receptors that are activated by the UV Light, which is part B. It is the UV rays that harden the printer ink. Thus, nothing evaporates unlike traditional printer ink. What is very important is that the capacity of UV ink follows an instant dry process, which indicates that there is no time wasted.
UV ink has advantages to the printer, the print buyer or user, and of course to the environment. Although the equipment required for the usage of UV ink is still quite pricey, it is still prudent to consider using UV ink due to its inherent benefits.