Thieme Printers has upgraded to a Genius 52UV with coating unit to print a variety of premium quality commercial products – resulting in new product streams and a significant increase in efficiency.
Thieme Printers has many years of experience in printing on non-absorbent plastics and papers. The new GENIUS has been introduced to complement their existing pressroom line-up, which includes a 6-colour Speedmaster 76 and a 4-colour Speedmaster 52, both with varnishing units.
Operations Manager Ulrich Thieme explains that the new GENIUS is "the ideal printing machine" for his requirements: "This machine is simply made for low-cost production. With it, we have been able to offer many products far below competitor prices, and that without any compromises in terms of quality or flexibility.”
Specialists in the extraordinary
Thieme Printers specialises in developing sophisticated and highly customised products in both paper and plastic. Its primary focus is on quality and reliability at all times and its production facility in Meissen, Germany, bristles with highly versatile, next-generation technology, across all processes in the production chain.
As well as a wide range of plastic products, the company produces creative catalogues and brochures for the State Porcelain Manufacturer in Meissen, and for the internationally acclaimed opera house Semperoper in Dresden. Thanks to the GENIUS, Thieme has been able to establish a significant competitive advantage with their commercial print products featuring matt, glossy or gold finishes, and their special finish packaging.
Coating unit highlights advantages
In future, the coating unit is expected to play an increasingly important role in adding a one-step finish to its premium quality printed products, so creating added value for its customers and giving Thieme Printers a crucial edge in the marketplace. Among the different varnishes, the UV-varnish usually achieves the most highlights. Since a varnishing unit can process higher coat thicknesses than an inking unit, it is particularly well suited for printing a rich white reverse coating on transparent foil. Ulrich Thieme is particularly excited by the quality produced on the GENIUS: “We now have important new options at our disposal, with which we will be able to increase production as well as quality in our UV offset printing processes. We are able to complete our print jobs more efficiently, and can achieve visible quality improvements for our discerning clientele."Waterless KBA-MePrint anilox short inking unit
Genius 52UV reaches its full economic potential in small and medium-size print runs. A distinct advantage is the short set-up time required and low run-up waste (typically just 10 sheets) until the first “good sheet”. It is "inked up" much faster than other offset machines in this format class – a fact that is particularly advantageous for frequent job changes. A key characteristic of GENIUS 52UV is the compact, V-shaped arrangement of its five anilox short inking units around a single large (x4) central impression cylinder. Each sheet is printed true to register without gripper transfers. Register differences are therefore completely eliminated. Anilox inking roller, plate inker, plate cylinder and blanket cylinder all have identical diameters to ensure ghosting-free print. Ink control with the anilox roller and collecting blade quickly enables optimised inking for problematic shapes. A thin coat of ink is transferred to the inking roller with each rotation of the ceramic-coated anilox roller. A doctor blade removes surplus ink for consistent print results. The plate cylinder and anilox roller are temperature-controlled for a stable printing process. Genius 52UV prints exclusively with UV colours that are UV-cured before reaching the coating unit. Any subsequent coating is therefore applied to fully cured inks. A final drying and hardening process follows after coating. The sheets are dry immediately, and can be passed to the next processing step right away. Conventional offset printing risks, e.g. depositing and batch blocking are eliminated.Last but by no means least
...the GENIUS is a friend to the environment – it requires no spray powder, no water and no alcohol.