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IST (UK) to heat up The Print Show with Hot Swap

IST (UK) has revealed it will use this year’s edition of The Print Show to debut its new Hot Swap technology in the UK market.

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IST (UK) says Hot Swap allows customers using sheetfed, web or narrow web printers to run both UV and LED-UV on one machine

Hot Swap allows sheetfed, web or narrow web printers to run both UV and LED-UV on a single machine, with IST (UK) adding that the technology also enables users to switch quickly between UV lamps and LED arrays.

The new concept has already attracted praise from a number of sectors and was also short-listed in the Stationers’ Company Innovation of the Year Awards this year.

Chris Schofield, joint managing director of IST (UK), said: “Printers are expected to supply shorter and shorter runs to tighter and tighter deadlines and this is key to the growing popularity of UV, LED-UV and LE-UV systems.

IST (UK) joint managing directors Chris Schofield and Simon Mitchell will be at 
The Print Show this year to talk visitors through the company’s services 

“It is the ability to have dry sheets off the end of the press that is key to investment in this area but there are other advantages including the lift in aesthetic finish, lower energy consumption and the elimination of spray powder.”

The launch of Hot Swap comes at a time when IST (UK) believes that the general trend of using UV technology in print could begin lean the other way to LED-UV.

In 2015, IST (UK) said UV accounted for 89 percent of IST METZ sales and LED-UV for 11 percent, but by 2021, the company says this is on track to switch to a 58-42 balance. 

IST (UK) has already used Hot Swap technology on various printing machines 

As such, IST (UK) will also be inviting visitors to the event to learn more about its UV, LED-UV and LE-UV retrofit services.

Simon Mitchell, the other joint managing director of IST (UK), who will also be at The Print Show this year, adds: “We can offer objective advice across the range of UV options and, unlike many of our rivals, we can provide objective advice on the best inks and chemistry to use. 

“We are very happy to offer a consultative service with no obligation; if printers want a straight explanation of the benefits and differences between the various UV options they are welcome to visit our stand or to call us.”

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