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An investment of £180,000 in carbon infrared (CIR) emitters from Heraeus Noblelight has allowed GI Solutions to achieve the rapid drying of water-based inks at line speeds of up to 300m/min on printing machines at its Leicester factory.

GI Solutions offers many aspects of modern communications, including personalised direct mail and secure transactional mail. It invests in the latest technology in both printing machines and printing heads. For example, high-volume personalisation runs are carried out using Kodak Versa Mark technology, where printing heads can print at up to 300m/min. It is essential that this ink is dried completely and quickly to ensure high-resolution final quality.

The 288kW CIR drying system installed at the Leicester factory comprises two drying units: one fitted to a new vertical tower and one fitted horizontally to allow the drying of duplex (two-sided) printing. Each unit is fully enclosed with its own air exhaust module and each is fitted with 18 8kW CIR emitters, which can be switched on in banks of three to optimise power if only a few printing heads are used.

The control panel features two sets of controls, which allow separate regulation of each unit, either by a 0–100 per cent potentiometer or via an optical pyrometer, which measures the exit temperatures of the web.

Key benefits of product application

  • Two-sided printing is possible due to vertical and horizontal fixing of systems.
  • Each unit is fully enclosed with its own air exhaust module.
  • CIR emitters can be switched on in banks of three to optimise power.
  • Two sets of controls allow separate regulation of each unit.
  • Since installation, the CIR system has already proved its worth, with energy costs reduced.

Infrared emitters from Heraeus Noblelight help GI Solutions to reduce energy costs

An investment of £180,000 in carbon infrared (CIR) emitters from Heraeus Noblelight has allowed GI Solutions to achieve the rapid drying of water-based inks at line speeds of up to 300m/min on printing machines at its Leicester factory.

GI Solutions offers many aspects of modern communications, including personalised direct mail and secure transactional mail. It invests in the latest technology in both printing machines and printing heads. For example, high-volume personalisation runs are carried out using Kodak Versa Mark technology, where printing heads can print at up to 300m/min. It is essential that this ink is dried completely and quickly to ensure high-resolution final quality.

The 288kW CIR drying system installed at the Leicester factory comprises two drying units: one fitted to a new vertical tower and one fitted horizontally to allow the drying of duplex (two-sided) printing. Each unit is fully enclosed with its own air exhaust module and each is fitted with 18 8kW CIR emitters, which can be switched on in banks of three to optimise power if only a few printing heads are used.

The control panel features two sets of controls, which allow separate regulation of each unit, either by a 0–100 per cent potentiometer or via an optical pyrometer, which measures the exit temperatures of the web.

Key benefits of product application

  • Two-sided printing is possible due to vertical and horizontal fixing of systems.
  • Each unit is fully enclosed with its own air exhaust module.
  • CIR emitters can be switched on in banks of three to optimise power.
  • Two sets of controls allow separate regulation of each unit.
  • Since installation, the CIR system has already proved its worth, with energy costs reduced.

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