Why choose LE UV printing?

Maximum efficiency, minimum energy costs and exceptionally beautiful printing. The LE UV offset printing press is a special piece of high technology that allows us, as a printing company, to go in all directions. But what makes this innovation so interesting for you and your printed communications? And for what projects is it best to use LE UV? A little synthesis!

Deadline stress? LE UV guarantees lightning-fast printing

Ink drying usually takes a long time. To speed up that process, on a traditional printing press we use a transparent varnish or blemish powder as an additional protective layer. With LE UV, this is no longer necessary. The ink dries at lightning speed. As a result, your printing will be ready much faster. We can start finishing immediately, resulting in shorter lead times and faster delivery times.

In addition, the LE UV printing press uses push-to-stop technology. As a result, the press operates almost fully automatically. Our printers have to intervene much less. We are able to keep printing continuously, which accelerates the whole production process.

More intense colors and inimitable image quality

The lightning-fast curing of the ink has another advantage: it eliminates the need for antismet powder, which also eliminates the risk of ink transfer to superimposed sheets. In addition, the ink is much less absorbed by the paper. Your printed matter will have much sharper and more powerful colors as a result.

Printing clear images used to be especially challenging on uncoated paper. That absorbs quite a lot of ink, causing colors to lose intensity. Thanks to LE UV, things are different. We can now print on tactile, uncoated paper without sacrificing quality. Especially for a project with many photos, this is a huge asset. For example, do you want to have a catalog, art or photo book printed? Then you can expect unparalleled results. Thanks to LE UV, the images come out beautifully and you get printing of the very highest quality.

Environmentally friendly technology

At Buroform, we continually invest in environmentally responsible technologies and materials. The LE UV printing press is an investment that fits perfectly into our vision of sustainable business. LE UV stands for Low Energy Ultra Violet. Unlike traditional UV offset presses, ink curing is done using energy-efficient lamps with a carefully selected spectrum. In addition, the technology uses barely 2 cl of washing liquid per plate and, thanks to the standby function, requires up to half as much power.

In addition to energy and water, LE UV also saves on paper. The machine replaces, positions and checks its printing plates itself. As a result, up to 10 times less paper is required when setting up the press. So the inschiet – the number of sheets that end up in the trash during setup – is a lot lower. In other words, we need to purchase much less paper for each order. Because of current price increases, this means serious savings, not only for us, but also for you, the customer.

All the benefits again

Is your project suitable for printing with LE-UV offset?

Offset or digital? So which choice is most appropriate for your project? As such, there is no single answer. The ideal choice depends on very different things. Sometimes digital printing is still more interesting. Especially for small runs, it can be cheaper while the results remain very handsome. With large print runs such as books, magazines, catalogs and posters, the situation is slightly different. Then offset printing is a huge value-add for the reasons we outlined above. LE UV’s print quality is simply second to none!

Ready for your own printing project at Buroform? Connect with us through Sarah or Kelly.

Heidelberg launches the Speedmaster CX 104 press

A publication of Graphic News, June 28, 2021.
Author: Aurelia Ricciardi

During “Showtime,” a virtual event hosted by Heidelberg on June 23, the press maker unveiled the new Speedmaster CX 104. At the same time, the machine also had its world premiere at the “China Print” exhibition in Beijing.

The Speedmaster CX 104 has been given a new ergonomic design and new technical features. The offset press shows itself to be very versatile and can be configured as a machine to produce packaging, commercial printing or special applications. “This is a multipurpose and extremely flexible platform. I don’t think there is a comparable press in its category,” explained Jens Kalbantner, the R&D project leader for the CX 104.

A ‘game changer’

Those who opt for the new Speedmaster CX 104 start from a basic model that can be configured in various ways. The press can count up to 15 pressure units so that it becomes up to 30 meters long. “In theory,” specifies Florian Franken, the product director(pictured). He does indicate, however, that two orders for such a configuration are already pending. “It is not always the fastest or the most powerful that survives, but rather the one that adapts best to the situation. And exactly on that point, the Speedmaster CX 104 has strong strengths: the press can evolve and is particularly flexible,” he adds.

According to Franken, Heidelberg wanted to build a press that can adapt to the needs of a wide range of customers: “Commercial printers in Europe or North America are looking for flexibility, but also a high degree of automation. At the same time, we also wanted to meet the needs of markets in Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. There, industrial packaging printers are at work producing up to 15 to 16 million prints per year. They need a sturdy and reliable machine. And finally, customers also want a specialized and personalized machine for special applications.”

The Speedmaster CX 104 produces at a speed of 15,000 to 16,500 sheets/hour and can handle a wide variety of carriers, from 0.03 mm to 1 mm. As an option, Heidelberg also offers some special packs for thin media, for cardboard or for plastic.

Buroform did the test

In Belgium, the press has already been tested in practice at printing company Buroform. Jesse Marynen, the chief print officer of the Mechelen printing company, testified about this on Showtime, “We were looking for a machine that could handle both large and short runs. We print a lot of uncoated paper, and our customers want the best printing and reproduction quality. And those are the features we found in the CX 104.”

Jesse speaking on ‘Showtime’. © Heidelberg

Other improvements and technical features

  • The CX104 is controlled by Prinect Press Center XL 3 with IntelliStart 3.0, a new operating system that is “as easy to use as a smartphone.
  • A new vernis unit that is “completely reimagined” and scores especially on ergonomics.
  • A new grid roller for the vernis unit simplifies the replacement of Anilox rollers: a single operator suffices. Because the roller is lighter, it can be replaced 75 percent faster – in 1 minute 20 instead of 5 minutes 30.
  • The WashAssistant, in turn, optimizes washes.
  • A new exhaust system reduces ink mist and emissions so the air in the workshop is cleaner.

Novelties in finishing

Also presented at Showtime was the XL 106-D rotary punching system, in a single-unit configuration. This reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint compared to the previous model that had two units. Polar, for its part, proposed a new cutting system, the DCC-12. That makes it possible to increase productivity by up to 25 percent and produce 10 packets per minute instead of eight. Another development from Polar: the AirGo Jog that automates the preparation process. Heidelberg also presented the new folding cylinder PerfectGrip, which combines new materials with a new geometry.

Meet Werner: the man behind the machine

Pleasant! I am Werner Beuckelaers, a passionate printer for more than 20 years and a proud member of the Buroform family since about six years. Though feel free to call me “Prince Buroform” as well. Here I am not only at the buttons of the printing presses, but also at those of the radio. When Prince pops out of the boxes, the warehouse turns into one big dance floor and I dream of dancing in the “purple rain”!

The creators of
Werner demonstrates his passion for printmaking to illustrator Inez Maes.

At Buroform, I am responsible for…

“The production of offset printing. I prefer to print books and magazines, because those are the most challenging. Printing involves much more than simply operating a lever and waiting for the paper to roll off the press again. I have a tight schedule to keep to and strictly monitor the quality of the printing. By the way, I recently started printing with the new offset press, about which several articles have already appeared in the newspaper!”

What do you think of the new offset press?

“I am very honored to work with this new press. For Buroform this was a big investment, but one with an eye on the future. The set-up times are a lot shorter, so the real work can start much faster. After printing, the ink is cured immediately, which means that the printed matter can be finished immediately. We no longer have to allow for drying times. A luxury, both for myself and the customer.”

Werner was, of course, not to be missed in the promo film of our new offset press.

I got my job at Buroform through…

“I joined Buroform as an interim. Because I was so passionate about my profession, I was offered a permanent contract not much later. Of course I said ‘yes’ then!”

What does your morning ritual look like?

“I always try to get out of bed with the right leg. Starting the day right away in a good mood is important to me. Then, to the rhythm of the music, I knock down a choco sandwich and a cup of coffee before leaving for Buroform. I start very early, so the longer I can enjoy my bed, the better.”

On Werner’s recommendation: a video so you too can start your day off right.

What people don’t know about my position is….

“That printing is definitely not as easy as it seems. Many people think that the machine does all the work, but that is by no means the case. I am constantly on my guard as long as the press is running. Quality control is also done with the utmost care. I have a great responsibility in this regard. Absolutely nothing can go wrong.”

My proudest moment at Buroform is….

“The moment the new LE UV offset press was delivered. Construction took almost a full month, which was a tremendous experience to witness up close. Then I received an intensive training of almost two months. Very enriching! I know the press inside and out.”

What I like most about working at Buroform is….

“The bond with colleagues. A team spirit like here, you don’t find it anywhere else.”

Would you like to be part of the #buroformcrew? Then take a quick look at our job openings and there might be something for you.

See you soon!

LE UV printing press: an investment in the environment and in quality

Great news, because we have equipped our machine park with the LE UV Heidelberg Speedmaster CX104-4, a full option offset press of the “Push-to-Stop”generation which allows faster, more efficient and more sustainable printing, resulting in sublime print quality!

LE UV curing technology: great energy savings

The offset printing press is an investment that fits perfectly into our vision of environmentally friendly business. Like ourselves, this printing press has a heart for the environment, which is expressed in several ways. LE UV stands for
Low Energy Ultra Violet:
in contrast to traditional UV offset presses, ink curing is done using energy-efficient lamps with a precisely designed spectrum. On top of that, the use of washing liquid is reduced to as little as 2 cl per plate and a standby function ensures that half as much power is needed as normal.

Also nice to know: 918 trees were planted during the production of the press. You can view the certificate here.

“Choosing environmentally friendly printing and paper is not just an aspiration for Buroform, but a condition in itself. The LE UV is an investment that fits perfectly into our vision of sustainable business.”

The LE UV speedmaster CX 104-4

Faster delivery times, deeper colors

LE UV technology has numerous other advantages. The ink is cured in an instant and can be finished immediately, allowing for shorter lead times and faster delivery times. This rapid curing means that hardly any antismet powder is still needed, and the risk of ink transfer to overlying sheets is completely eliminated. Because the ink has no chance to be absorbed by the paper, the colors are also much stronger, brighter and deeper. Thus, the quality of printing increases gradually!

High productivity, sublime quality

It’s not just the rapid drying process that allows us to serve you faster. The LE UV press uses push-to-stop technology that increases productivity: it operates almost fully automatically, requiring far fewer human actions. For example, plates are replaced, positioned and checked by the machine itself. The insertion (the paper loss) shifts down almost by a factor of ten AND the press is set up and ready to print within a minute. Every hour we can process up to 16,500 sheets, resulting in sublime quality!

All the benefits again:

And in closing, another solemn “bye bye” to our old press: