Screen’s L350UV SAI S Inkjet Press reveals new inline digital primer option at drupa

Screen has announced a significant enhancement to its inkjet press, the L350UV SAI S, with the introduction of an inline digital primer option, revealed at drupa.

The packaging industry uses a variety of substrates, and UV inkjet printing is especially popular due to its suitability for wide substrates and durability. However, traditional UV inkjet printing faces challenges with adhesion and print quality on certain special substrates like low-dyne synthetics or porous papers, which can affect ink density and cause potential bleed.

To address these issues, Screen has developed the Digital Primer Option for the L350UV SAI S. This new feature allows printers to enhance adhesion and improve print quality on challenging substrates. The primer unit is integrated into the existing space of the L350UV SAI S, requiring no additional installation area or extra UV lamps.

The primer unit operates automatically, generating a primer layer based on print data. This automation enhances the ease of use in digital printing. The primer itself can be nearly transparent and used decoratively like varnish, adding value to printed materials. This development broadens the range of materials and applications for digital printing, increases efficiency, reduces waste, and lowers power consumption, thus improving the system’s environmental impact.

With this advancement, the L350UV SAI S allows users to tap into new markets that were previously challenging for inkjet technology. Specifically, in the ANZ market, this enhancement facilitates strong entry into segments such as wine and spirits, where uncoated papers have traditionally posed a challenge for inkjet printing.

Jet Technologies will be installing a new L350UV SAI S, including the Digital Primer Option, in its Sydney Technology Centre in June/July. Additionally, Jet Technologies will introduce the Jet IQ finishing solution with Versatex Print Bar. This combination promises innovative solutions for the wine and spirits segment as well as the broader labels and packaging market.

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