Continuous Change, Continuous Challenge
Every printing technique has its advantages and disadvantages. UV printing is no different. Although the colors are often vibrant and cleanup simplified, there are environmental considerations to address. Every printer has a different reason for trying out a new technique or process, but for LogoTech (Fairfield, N.J., www.logotech-inc.com) UV printing has been a way of life since its inception.
LogoTech has been in existence since 1996, but its origins are in Israel. The Tadbik Group, founded in 1982, grew to be Israel's largest packaging group, starting with pressure-sensitive labels, and growing to in mold labeling (IML), shrink, flexible packaging plus label and shrink sleeve application equipment, according to Leslie Gurland, LogoTech's president. In 1995, Tadbik began researching the American market and decided to open a plant here. LogoTech has always produced pressure-sensitive labels at the Fairfield location.
Gurland states that for a mid-sized printer, the company is unique in the services it offers. "We offer three printing methods and also offer silkscreen, hotstamping, and embossing," she says.
UV print shop
LogoTech prints on three Gallus (www.gallus-group.com) letterpress presses, one Arsoma flexographic press, and one HP Indigo (www.hp.com) press. Its Gallus presses can only use UV inks, though the flexo press can employ water-based inks. "We've always existed as a company doing UV," says Gurland. "So it's never been a thought of why certain products would run with UV inks or coatings."
It's also a question of quality. "We believe UV inks offer higher quality compared to water-based," contends Gurland. Anita Sparrow, operations manager adds, "We like the way UV ink transfers onto the substrate. Consistency is a big deal for us. When the pigments come in a certain density, religiously, over and over again, it's a lot easier for us to set up a job and be consistent from a repeat job aspect."