More and more printers are choosing to invest in LED UV press conversions. A retrofit is far less costly than a new LED UV press while keeping up to date with the latest printing technology.
Opal Print retrofitted its Heidelberg XL75 in Spring 2016 and chose rollers from BFS Pressroom Solutions for the newly converted press.
The mixed roller compound from BFS offers outstanding performance when printing pure UV but, in addition, it also allows for UV, hybrid and conventional inks to be used on the same machine without having to change the rollers. This roller has been tried and tested on a significant number of LED UV presses and performs consistently well.
bfs talked to Ally Barron, Pressroom Manager at Opal Print, about the 2016 retrofit.
bfs: What made you decide to convert to LED? How long did it take from thought to actualisation?
OP: We were looking to improve our print quality and turnaround times – specifically on uncoated paper stocks – and six months later after due consideration we made the change.
bfs: What made you choose BFS mixed compound rollers for the conversion?
OP: We had quotes from a couple of potential suppliers and the spec from BFS for the rollers suited us. The cost was also a contributory factor.
bfs: Was the delivery schedule of the rollers met?
OP: The order was delivered on time.
bfs: When the rollers arrived, what were your impressions of how the rollers were packaged and labelled?
OP: The rollers were very well packed and labelled accordingly allowing easy pick and transfer to press.
bfs: How long have you been using the rollers and how have they performed on press?
OP: We have been using the rollers now for over 2 years. Performance has been good and we have had minimal wear with replacements readily available when required.
bfs: Thinking about the contact you have had with any of the team at bfs, what are your impressions?
OP: We’ve been very well looked after from sales to the deliveries by Chris.
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