The H-UV curing system has positioned itself as world benchmark in low consumption UV offset technology being the most efficient offset process for high quality printing.

H-UV is the Energy-efficient UV offset technology tested, proven and endorsed by a greater number of offset printers around the world. To date, they are more than 500 H-UV installations worldwide. More specifically, in Europe, exist (until September 2015) 125 offset printing machines with H-UV technology: 35 on France, 20 on England, 15 on Germany, 15 on Italy, 5 on Spain… etc.

On Spain, for example, they have been installed in a very short period of time. From December 2014 to August 2015, all of them; which shows the excellent acceptance and confidence that this offset process is having In our country.

Komori's exclusive H-UV technology, in a true industrial process, and with more than 2,500 H-UV units in production, has revolutionized and revitalized offset printing.

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Komori H-UV is by far the market leader of this kind of energy-efficient UV offset printing technology. Its exponential growth has sparked desire among its most direct competition and of course, and now everyone is experimenting with low-energy curing systems like UV LED.

Actually, UV LED curing was the starting point of the H-UV revolution. However, extensive testing of the UV LED process by Komori revealed certain limitations that did not meet all of their technical and commercial expectations.

This decision made it possible to create a unique solution for the market. In collaboration with partners who are experts in ink and curing technologies, they launched a joint R&D program and jointly determining the necessary criteria to obtain maximum efficiency in the H-UV offset process.

The number of installations, more than 500 H-UV offset printing machines worldwide, endorse its irresistible advantages in terms of quality, production and economy.

Komori is proud to be leader of this marketAs such, it regularly monitors and tests the different UV LED evolutions of different LED lamp manufacturers. This allows them to know exactly what is the status of low power UV offset technology.

“One of the main arguments of our competition is to suggest that the proven technology will be replaced by a new one. But the reality is that any low-energy production system requires experience and knowledge; and at Komori we have both. Today, H-UV accounts for approximately 70 % of the total production of configurable Komori models " remarks Philippe Fiol, Group Business Development Director Komori International (Europe) BV

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An in-depth analysis of the Komori H-UV revolution, which has breathed new life into the offset printing process for commercial printing, through user testimonials; allows us to know, first-hand, the fundamentals of H-UV technology and how it fits perfectly with your business model:

1. The energy consumption single lamp H-UV is perfectly aligned with the curing range of high sensitivity H-UV inks.
2. It takes a lot less electricity to dry the leaves
3. The thermal emissions are drastically reduced.
4. The visual impact and the impressive effects expected of UV ink but with a minimum point gain, a High brightness ink and actual dot shapes.
5. No need for antimaculating powder (and none of the problems associated with its use).
6. No ozone emissions or odors associated with conventional UV printing.
7. Without 'dry back'. The H-UV color does not change over time. High ink coverages are not a problem.
8. Color effects on uncoated and matte paper.
9. And the ability to print on virtually any media thatThe machine supports: thick materials such as cardboard, metallized paper, foil, and even plastic and film, susceptible to heat deformation in conventional UV process.

But for printers, the main difference It derives from fast deliveries enabling instant drying and business growth that make these benefits possible.

As printing evolves, with a clear rise in digital and inkjet technology and nanography looming on the horizon, H-UV has breathed new life into offset, the basic platform for the commercial industry.

They all agree, it will be for something. These Komori H-UV user testimonials perfectly explain the differential factors of this technology:

High productivity

"The productivity with H-UV it's huge, plus a great print quality, which offsets the higher costs of H-UV ink. Sheets come out of the machine dry and ready for finishing. The H-UV process it is clean, respectful with the environment and productive; in addition to very profitable when compared to conventional UV technology. It was a good investment. Thanks to Komori and H-UV, we have achieved a competitive advantage over other printers. We offer the highest quality with very fast deliveries. We have no problems in a wide variety of supports, including plastics, and we have many new options to offer more added value " Eckart Stork, Schröerlücke, Germany

Punctual deliveries

"Help to meet delivery deadlines because sheets can be processed as fast as digitally printed ones. The image quality is superior from the point of view of dynamic range and friction resistance. The H-UV process creates very vivid colors even on uncoated or matte coated paper, which becomes easier to handle. Visually, the contrast between the structure of the uncoated paper and the image of saturated colors creates a visual impact that cannot be achieved by printing on coated paper " Refik Telhan, Ofset Yapimevi, Turkey.

The Komori Difference

“What really mattered to us was that Komori had real experience with the H-UV technology and what had I already done many facilities all over the world. Additional benefits such as low energy consumption, automatic plate changing, quick set-up systems and low waste were certainly positive factors, but what seemed decisive to us was the high productive performance and the great knowledge and experience of Komori with the H-UV process " Leoš Tupec, HRG, Czech Republic.

Graphic effects

"The point gain it is less with H-UV inks and brightness levels they are a lot greater, which is a plus for the graphic expression. In fact, the range of expression is much greater with H-UV. With conventional UV ink, we added a layer of gloss varnish but sometimes we didn't achieve enough gloss either. Now the high gloss achieved by H-UV inks allows us to even consider using a matte varnish " Akihiro Takamoto, Toppan, Japan.

High print quality

“All of our guests were impressed with the exceptional print quality and the time saving. What used to be three days of work, we now achieve in one. For printers like us, who are dedicated to high-quality short runs, the H-UV process is a great advantage. Now we have very fast deliveries, which allow us to tackle job after job and meet tight deadlines" Laurence Soens, Cassochrome, Belgium.

Less waste

“We compared Heidelberg LED UV, Ryobi LED and Komori H-UV machines with the different drying options. After long deliberation, we opted for the Komori Lithrone G40P 8-color H-UV removal machine. We found the more efficient in consumption of paper and consumables, and the large number of facilities gave us even more confidence. H-UV makes sense, it minimizes marks on the removal drum… and it's better for the environment. " Trent Nankervis, CMYKhub, Australia.

Packaging application

“The 40 % of our work is commercial printing and packaging production, which is why our customers are looking for improvements in high quality and special effects that allow us to create UV applications on uncoated paper and specialty materials, such as varnishes for packaging applications. Currently all work is done on demand and must be delivered very quickly. When it comes to putting ink on paper, the Komori H-UV system is very attractive because the entire printing process does not use antimaculants" Terry Storms, McCallum, USA

Instant drying

“I am not a printing machine operator, but I amI knew that the biggest problem in the shop was anti-scale dust and marks on the printed matter. When the work reached the finishing department, scratches and repaints due to printing with conventional inks were common, so I thought that instant drying would be a very good solution " Masahiro Arita, Akomi, Japan.

Value added

"H-UV is a very special technology what it is nothing like what we already knew. These machines use high sensitivity inks that dry instantly when passed under the light of a special H-UV lamp. We can now print on all kinds of specialty media and creative papers, including the Arche series, rubber media, plastic, and even pre-laminated paper. There are very few printers that can compete with us with these materials.. In addition, we can print with a screen line of 300 lpi, very close to photographic quality. We can print many products that we did not even consider before. And nothing inspires us more than elaborate creations - printing on non-standard media, embossing, cutting, folding, gluing… Also, the workshop now works 24/7, even on weekends and holidays ” Eric Broche, PPA-Mahé, France.

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