What will affect actual UV printer print speed?

Three main factors that affect actual printing speed of UV flatbed printers:
1. Loading and unloading time:

According to a standard plate in the advertising industry, it usually takes 4 minutes to accomplish prints. For example, Assuming that the 2513 UV flatbed printer production mode is calculated at a speed of 16 square meters/hour, one standard plate will take about 12 minutes, adding 4 minutes of manual loading and unloading, it takes 16 minutes, and only can print 4 standard sheets in one hour.

UV flatbed UV  printer

UV flatbed UV printer

2. Pre-printing process:

some materials need to wipe the coating before printing, some need flame treatment, some need to wipe alcohol, etc., these will affect the actual printing speed of the UV flatbed printer, thence, we should pay more attention to these factors.

1800H UV printer

1800H UV printer

3. The stability of printer and the technical level of staffs

Firstly, printer manufacturers are in charge of the former, and there is a big gap between different manufacturers. Some cheap UV flatbed printers have a minor repair in three days and a major repair in five days. Some need 2 to 3 months to repair. Besides, the technical level of staff: drawing efficiency, software operation efficiency, etc. It is necessary to choose skilled technicians so that we can reduce scrap rate a lot.

How to improve the UV printer actual printing speed?

1. The configuration of upgrading the UV flatbed printer includes: increasing the speed of the print head, replacing the higher performance print head, selecting the double-row printing mode, etc.;

2. When choosing a larger format device to make UV flatbed printer print a full part, The processing of the latter materials will carry out simultaneously, therefore,  when printing  the latter part of the material, we can replace the previous part of the material to realize the non-stop printing.

3. Detailed operation: choose a reasonable printing mode, feather volume setting, drawing efficiency, etc., To some extent, different level UV printer technicians will affect it.

How to choose print heads for UV printer?

Nowadays, UV printer heads in the printing market, like Epson, Kyocera, Konica, Ricoh are generally the most common brands. Nozzle life, Accuracy, Stability these factors directly affect the use of subsequent equipment. The core is to look at the price of the nozzle, cheap nozzle is not as good as an expensive one. In fact, there are lots of customers who are not particularly understanding of the nozzles, so here will popularize some of the UV printer nozzle tips for everyone.

1800H UV printer

1800H UV printer

1. Epson printhead

As we all know, Epson nozzles have been independent in the era of Japanese inkjet printer. Epson print heads we mainly see in Japanese series machines such as Mimaki, Roland, Mutoh, etc. At present, domestic inkjet printer has also begun to use Epson DX5 to take the lead. Besides, with the development of domestic inkjet printers, indoor and outdoor piezoelectric wide format printers are all high-performance and high-precision Epson DX5 piezoelectric nozzles.

2. Konica print head

Konica nozzles are double-row ink tubes with uniform flow and pressure. Ensure print quality. Some brands are single row. The 512 Konica printhead is a fully enclosed printhead, waterproof and anti-aging. Konica nozzles have poor ink compatibility and strict requirements for inks in different seasons. They are sensitive to environmental temperature changes. The nozzle plate exposes, and the ink will burn the nozzles. It is easy to break the ink at high and low temperatures. Use Life expectancy is less than 1.5 years.

ORIC UV PRINTER

ORIC UV PRINTER

3. RICOH print head:

Ricoh nozzles are mainly suitable for high-end industrial UV printers. Like most of the one or two million machines imported abroad, using  Ricoh print heads. With the same industrial printhead machine, Ricoh’s printing effect is definitely the best, the clearest, and can basically achieve the printing effect of Epson. Double-row ink tube with fine ink dots and grayscale printing fully enclosed nozzle, waterproof, anti-aging Ricoh Gen5 nozzle has a built-in constant temperature system, the printing voltage is adjusted with the temperature, then achieving a more stable printing state. The circuit board of the nozzle is all metal, so it can be soaked in ink without causing damage to the nozzle. The life of the nozzle is long, and it can be used normally for 3-5 years, so we think this is the most successful piezoelectric nozzle. The single-color control of a single nozzle, the all-steel structure super corrosion-resistant nozzle has both speed and effect, but its disadvantage is that the price is more expensive than other types of nozzle machines.

UV printer VS Latex printer

UV Printing VS Latex printing

UV Printing VS Latex printing

The large-format print industry is evolving rapidly and experiencing growth & change with the influx of technologies in the market.
UV Printers offer many benefits in LFP market. UV Curable printing always offers opportunities to reduce the impact of printing on the environment relative to solvent-based printing. It is still considered to be fast-growing technology in the wide-format market.

UV printers are excellent for any application which involves the printing of a variety of substrates. The inks are cured and fixed with UV light. Both flexible roll materials and single sheets, but also rigid print media and even glass can deal with it. Latex printers require preprint and post print heaters to cure the media, resulting in higher energy consumption compared to other inkjet technologies. Some substrates may buckle under the higher temperatures.

UV banner printing

UV banner printing

Main Advantages of UV Printers over Latex:

1. UV Curing provides more Print options in various substrates
2. Lower Picolitre drop sizes compared to Latex
3. Less Maintenance
4. Less consumables
5. Less Operating Cost
6. Reduced Material Cost
7. Less Downtime in production vs a Full day in Latex
8. 1-2 or even fewer print heads to be replaced compared to 20 to 30 printheads in Latex over its life.
9. Ink Yield is 25 to 30 % more
10. Ink consumption is cheaper than latex.
11. Less Power consumption.
12. Lower cost per sqm.

According to a survey, print service providers have started shifting their buying preference more towards UV printers than latex printer. (50% favoured UV while 32% indicated to purchase Latex).

Latex printing

Latex printing applications

Latex inks have a limited choice of materials because the ink must be fixed under heat. However, UV ink dries instantly, which makes it excellent for non-absorbent substrates such as PVC, carton, wood, aluminium, glass, and ceramics, etc. UV inks are also suitable for printing on rigid and uncoated print media. UV Prints are extremely durable (UV-resistant, water-resistant, scratch-resistant), gives true colour output and exceptionally high quality. It is generally possible to print much faster-using UV ink than with aqueous or solvent inks.

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How to choose right UV ink for printer?

There are four principles for UV printer users to choose UV ink: print head model, material characteristics, ink performance, and after-sales service.

OR-UV6800 Printer

OR-UV6800 Printer

1. Print head model principle

Different nozzles determine that the UV ink used is different. Even the same brand of nozzles, but the internal series, the UV ink used is also different. Common ones are Epson nozzle UV ink; Seiko nozzle UV ink; Polaris nozzle UV ink; Toshiba nozzle UV ink; Kyocera nozzle UV ink; Konica nozzle UV ink; Ricoh nozzle UV ink; Xaar nozzle UV ink.

2. Material characteristics principle

The types of materials of the user’s own products are different, and the UV inks used with them are also different. For example, flexible material UV inks include: wallpaper UV ink; soft film UV ink; leather UV ink; car sticker UV ink; lightbox UV ink. The UV inks of rigid materials are: ceramic UV ink; glass UV ink; acrylic UV ink; mobile phone case UV ink; metal UV ink.

UV ink

UV ink

3. Ink performance principle

Some products pay more attention to outdoor weather resistance, environmental protection, high-temperature resistance, and other treatment processes that are not peeling or dissolving. This is more troublesome and requires special customized UV ink.

4. After-sales service

Usually, UV printer users use the UV ink provided by the manufacturer and enjoy the corresponding warranty service. However, due to personal replacement of UV ink, cleaning fluid, etc., the print head blockage, ink system damage, etc., are not covered by the warranty.

Know More Applications of Digital Uv Printing

I want to say, the world is filled with UV printing applications if you carefully observe, from small stickers to even complex commercial signages. UV printing applications are everywhere. For UV printers, the applications are unlimited, your imagination is the only limitation. Today, to break thinking and create more ideas for you, let’s have a brainstorm.

UV flatbed printer Print on small or big items

UV printing capabilities cannot be easily duplicated by the other digital printers owing to the special nature of UV inks. UV printers can print on a large sort of materials, including wood, metal, acrylic, glass, leathers, textile, ceramic, vinyl, flex banner and so on. In the meantime, SinoColor UV printers have variable sizes to meet different sized media needs. For example UV flatbed printers: we have 900*600mm, 600*600mm, 2500*1300mm, 2000*3000mm, and A3 size printers.

Customized products

UV printers can offer you a possibility to make a large number of personalized products and unique souvenirs for customers anniversary.
Because in the operation of UV printers, the UV lights cure UV ink instantly without dots of wet ink spreading out.
Through consistently printing in one place, embossed effects will show. And you will turn normal products into extraordinary goods.
It’s often used to make phone shell, unique gift, T-shirt and fine-art printing.

UV flatbed printers

Home decoration

Nowadays, more and more people pay attention to improve the quality of life. When they go back home from the office, they would like to stay in a comfortable warm place. From YouTube lots of “Room Tour” vlogs, we can see there is a large market in home decoration.
You may ask the question, why is UV printing suitable for home decoration?
That is the special UV inks applied release zero VOC’s, making it a greener process for our environment and be safer. In addition, finished products are scratch-resistant.

Glass, wood, metal printing

The UV printers can use three kinds of inks, including color inks, white ink, and varnish. When you print on transparent or dark materials, you can use white ink as a substrate, and when the printing is complete, you also can print varnish to add gloss pleasant.
Additionally, with the UV inks strongly adhere to the substrate, and
immediately dry up, the high resolution and saturation will lead to
brilliant printing quality.

Signage & Displays
At last, we have to mention signage & displays in UV printing applications. No matter window decoration, vinyl, outdoor signage, indoor displays, UV printing provides flexibility and versatility for the advertising industry. With large size UV printers, we can use CMYK, white, varnish to make rich colorful signs to leave customers deep impression. We can print on vinyl, PVC, acrylic, banner and other sorts of materials.
In short, with UV printers, we can produce unlimited possibility for our life! Keep moving!