At drupa 2012, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be
unveiling a very special UV dryer that minimizes energy costs. The
DryStar LE (Low Energy) UV impresses with its improved
price-performance ratio and makes it easier for commercial printers
to enter the UV market. This energy-saving dryer is suitable for
four- or five-color commercial products, with or without a coating,
produced on the Speedmaster XL 105 or Speedmaster XL 75. It is
based on the proven technology of the DryStar UV, which has been
adapted to the specific requirements of commercial printing. The
DryStar LE UV consumes less electrical energy than the original
version - an important step on the way to sustainable print media
production. It will be on show at drupa on a Speedmaster XL 75 at
the stand of Heidelberg partner IST Metz in Hall 2 as a response to
the HEI Eco market trend.
UV applications are enjoying continuous growth in both
high-quality packaging printing and high-end commercial printing.
In the production of high-gloss brochures, for example, UV printing
opens up totally new possibilities in terms of gloss, feel,
protection, and rub resistance. By offering such solutions, print
shops can stand out from the competition in the fiercely
competitive commercial printing market and win over new customer
segments. Three factors are key for the economic success of UV
printing - machine capacity utilization, purchase price, and
High flexibility and innovative technology
The DryStar LE UV is suitable for presses employing both
UV-only and hybrid operation. This flexibility makes it a
particularly attractive option for commercial print shops that are
looking to enjoy the advantages of UV printing, benefit from an
excellent price-performance ratio, and stand out on the market.
Like all dryers in the DryStar UV series from Heidelberg, this new
energy-saving version is perfectly integrated into the press. The
special URS (UV Reflection System) reflectors filter out thermal
radiation very efficiently and are effective in reducing the
transfer of heat to substrates. This optimum heat management
protects temperature-sensitive materials and ensures an ideal
register. The compact supply cabinet of the DryStar LE UV is just
2.20 meters (86.61 inches) long, which makes it ideal for print
shops where space is at a premium.
The DryStar LE UV is available with one, two, or a maximum of
three lamps for each machine configuration. One lamp can dry up to
four UV inks, whereas at least two lamps per machine configuration
are needed to cure UV coatings. The DryStar LE UV is equipped with
an activated carbon filter and does not need any additional exhaust
The output of each lamp is freely selectable between 80 and
200 watts per centimeter, depending on the requirements of the
print job. This wide range of settings makes it possible to cure
both conventional and highly reactive UV inks and coatings.
Although highly reactive inks require less drying energy, the
savings in terms of energy costs are nowhere near enough to
compensate the higher ink costs. The DryStar LE UV has sufficient
capacity in reserve not to be restricted to a single ink series.
The DryStar LE UV is available with one, two, or a
maximum of three lamps for each machine configuration. The output
of each lamp is freely selectable between 80 and 200 watts per
centimeter, depending on the requirements of the print job. This
enables fast drying and curing of both conventional and highly
reactive UV inks and coatings.
Images and further company information are available in the
press portal of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG at
The press conference of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on the
occasion of drupa 2012 will take place on May 2, 2012, at 4:00 p.m.
in Düsseldorf in hall 1.
Heidelberg at drupa 2012
Today's print media service providers are faced with a
dynamic and challenging market. Companies that want to achieve
success in such an environment need to optimize their business
models by seizing on market trends in the industry and using them
to their advantage.
During drupa 2012, from May 3 to 16, Heidelberg will be
showcasing in Hall 1 an extended portfolio of products and
solutions that have been developed specifically for the latest
The trade show presentation, held under the banner "Discover
HEI", will center on lean production (HEI Productivity), green
printing (HEI Eco), web-to-print (HEI Integration),
short-run-printing (HEI Flexibility), differentiation through
coatings and special effects (HEI Emotions), the future of
packaging printing (HEI End), and gaining an edge through the
latest know-how (HEI School). The company is exhibiting solutions
that enable print shops and postpress businesses to meet the latest
market requirements in full.
For further information, please contact:
Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG
Corporate Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0)6221 92 5066
Fax: +49 (0)6221 92 5069