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A carbon infrared (CIR) drying system from Heraeus Noblelight is being used with a Kodak Versamark high-speed print unit to achieve the more cost-effective drying of a range of high-quality tickets at Bemrose Booth’s factory in Hull.

Bemrose Booth is a manufacturer of railway tickets, gift cards, vouchers, diaries, calendars and lottery tickets.

The Kodak Versamark print system is being used in the printing of car parking tickets. An important design feature of these tickets is the use of blocks of black ink to flag points in the final ticket rolls to alert users that rolls are in need of imminent replacement.

The print heads can deliver up to 204.8 million droplets per second of water-based ink; however, to realise the economic benefits offered by the printing system, it was necessary that the ink — and particularly the ink blocks, which require the laying down of large amounts of ink — was dried at speeds to match the printing speeds.

Following trials at Heraeus Noblelight’s Neston Application Centre, a purpose-designed drying system was built and installed at the Hull plant. It consists of a 12.9kW carbon medium-wave infrared system that provides highly efficient drying.

Key benefits of product application

  • Graham Winship, operations manager at Bemrose Booth, said: ‘It was important that the ink was dried effectively and efficiently without detriment to the sensitive paper at line speeds up to 60m/min. The Heraeus system does exactly what it says on the box.’
  • Water absorbs infrared most strongly in the medium-wave section of the spectrum.
  • The system is automatically controlled by an optical pyrometer that measures the temperature of the web after it leaves the heating/drying module.
  • As the line speed increases or slows down, or if ambient conditions change, the system’s infrared emitters are infinitely regulated to maintain a preset temperature.
  • The system has a fast response time and is provided with a cooling fan.
  • On stoppage of the machine, the emitters turn off virtually instantaneously and the fan switches on to ensure that there is no damage to the thermally sensitive paper.

Bemrose Booth uses carbon infrared drying system from Heraeus in ticket production

A carbon infrared (CIR) drying system from Heraeus Noblelight is being used with a Kodak Versamark high-speed print unit to achieve the more cost-effective drying of a range of high-quality tickets at Bemrose Booth’s factory in Hull.

Bemrose Booth is a manufacturer of railway tickets, gift cards, vouchers, diaries, calendars and lottery tickets.

The Kodak Versamark print system is being used in the printing of car parking tickets. An important design feature of these tickets is the use of blocks of black ink to flag points in the final ticket rolls to alert users that rolls are in need of imminent replacement.

The print heads can deliver up to 204.8 million droplets per second of water-based ink; however, to realise the economic benefits offered by the printing system, it was necessary that the ink — and particularly the ink blocks, which require the laying down of large amounts of ink — was dried at speeds to match the printing speeds.

Following trials at Heraeus Noblelight’s Neston Application Centre, a purpose-designed drying system was built and installed at the Hull plant. It consists of a 12.9kW carbon medium-wave infrared system that provides highly efficient drying.

Key benefits of product application

  • Graham Winship, operations manager at Bemrose Booth, said: ‘It was important that the ink was dried effectively and efficiently without detriment to the sensitive paper at line speeds up to 60m/min. The Heraeus system does exactly what it says on the box.’
  • Water absorbs infrared most strongly in the medium-wave section of the spectrum.
  • The system is automatically controlled by an optical pyrometer that measures the temperature of the web after it leaves the heating/drying module.
  • As the line speed increases or slows down, or if ambient conditions change, the system’s infrared emitters are infinitely regulated to maintain a preset temperature.
  • The system has a fast response time and is provided with a cooling fan.
  • On stoppage of the machine, the emitters turn off virtually instantaneously and the fan switches on to ensure that there is no damage to the thermally sensitive paper.

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