KBA Newspaper Printers win accolades after installing PRIME UV

Within one year of installing a PRIME UV System on their Koenig and Bauer AG Commander Coldset Newspaper Press, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been recognized by WAN-IFRA as an exceptional color newspaper printer and has been inducted into WAN-IFRA 2012-2014 International Newspaper Color Quality Club. The Milwaukee Journal is the sole U.S. newspaper to win this prestigious accolade. This recognition demonstrates that the Milwaukee Journal consistently meets exacting ISO standards and can reliably reproduce color images of the very highest quality.

Another coldset newspaper of distinction, PRIME PRINT, in Moscow, Russia installed their PRIME UV System on a Koenig and Bauer AG Comet 4-high web offset press. Designed to print cover stocks as well as newspapers for their thriving list of customers, the PRIME UV system is configured with three high intensity UV lamp systems on each side of the web. Included with the UV system is the PRIME UV Positive Pressure/Air Filtration system which keeps the UV system and critical components clear of contaminates, thus ensuring that the press will consistently cure at top press speeds.

Known worldwide for their high-speed UV curing systems for newspaper, semi commercial and commercial web presses, PRIME UV Curing Systems are exceptionally reliable and provide KBA press operators the surest way to reproduce true color images on coated, supercalendered, and newsprint stocks. PRIME UV Curing Systems enable printers and publishers to print jobs previously printed on heatset presses with No emissions! No VOCs! No permit issues! Best of all, printing with UV inks achieves superior quality because there is no evaporation in the printing process. With PRIME UV Dryers consistent color is achieved at maximum press speeds exceeding 2,000 fpm and 80,000 iph.

Barnsley Chronicle Becomes First UK Newspaper to Install UV Curing

“Yorkshire Web’s installation of Prime UV equipment on our existing GOSS Community high speed newspaper press adds a new dimension to the newspaper” explains Adrian Sanger, Production Manager. “One of the main benefits of the new equipment is being able to print on glossy papers – full glossy publications or adding glossy covers to newsprint publications.”

The new Prime air-cooled UV curing system provides Yorkshire Web with high-speed UV curing and complete drying in-line. The UV System was installed and commissioned in June 2012 on Yorkshire Web’s GOSS Community 4-High newspaper press, allowing the Barnsley Chronicle printer to cure UV inks on both sides of the web running at speeds up to 35,000 impressions per hour.

The Barnsley Chronicle has been in operation for 140 years, and serves Barnsley, and surrounding communities in south and west Yorkshire.  

Sir Nicholas Hewitt, Chairman of Barnsley Chronicle, LLC., stated that “the whole company is excited about this new addition.  We’re very excited about opportunities, quality of work we can publish with Prime UV equipment, and markets we can now pursue.” 

Mr. Sanger continued “With the UV process running on our GOSS 4-High, we will be able to expand our commercial web printing business, and our product lines. This will allow Yorkshire Web to gain new customers and eliminate the need for customers to send work to heatset print houses.” Unlike heatset, UV printing is environmentally friendly and is identified as a green technology.  There is no evaporation or VOC emissions, and the quality of printing is exceptional.

Elinor Midlik, President of Prime UV, notes that “another benefit of adding Prime UV is that UV printing eliminates any offsetting problems, which are a major concern for traditional coldset web/newspaper printers. Traditional newspaper inks, especially when heavily applied, offset onto opposite pages of the printed work, and cause blurring and smudging.”

Sanger adds, “The UV process rounds out Yorkshire Web’s ability to meet the needs of its customers. We can now print large volume UV glossy web, and/or cold web newsprint. We consistently find that customers want to deal with one printer that knows their business from computer to plate, start to glossy finish.”

Beyond adding new customers, this UV installation reaffirms Yorkshire Web’s own commitment to the environment. UV printing cuts down on wasted paper, eliminates harmful air pollutants, and reduces its carbon footprint with a 21st Century technological solution.

Prime UV Systems, headquartered in Carol Stream, Illinois is the worldwide leader in providing high speed UV systems to the newspaper printing industry, and has installed Prime UV Systems throughout the world, including all countries in the British Commonwealth.