Is Your Water Wet Enough?

A key component to help wash the surface of a printing blanket is water. Many presses are equipped with automatic blanket wash systems. These systems allow for water to be sprayed onto the surface of a blanket during the washup cycle. When water is combined with the correct solvent or Pro-clean cloths during a washup cycle, it helps remove calcium and paper buildup on the blankets.

In many shops, the water used in automatic washup systems is less than efficient with regards to wetting characteristics. The wetting ability of water is referred to as surface tension. This is the force present within the surface layer of a liquid that causes the layer to behave as an elastic sheet. If the surface tension of water is too high,


Why Control Humidity?

When printing with an offset or digital press, one important factor to monitor is the humidity of your pressroom. Why? Because a critical component used in the printing process is paper. Since paper is hygroscopic in nature, it will either absorb moisture from a damp atmosphere or release moisture to a dry atmosphere.

Drastic changes in the moisture content of paper can cause serious issues. An environment too low in humidity will pull moisture from a substrate causing its edges to lose dimensional stability. This will allow the paper to curl and compromise its stable delivery through the press.


Ferrari California T

‘Older,’ But Not Obsolete

In 2014, Ferrari introduced the California T with an all-new 3.9-litre V-8 twin-turbo engine. It produced 552bhp and raced from 0-60 in 3.6 seconds. Fast forward to 2018, and I doubt anyone who owns this ride would suddenly scrap it because it is just a ‘few years old.’ On the contrary, a car of this caliber will continue to provide many years of driving bliss with the proper care.

A few years ago, many companies purchased new HP Scitex FB500/FB700 printers. These machines have superior print characteristics and high productivity features. However, now that these printers are ‘older,’ have they suddenly become obsolete and destined for the scrapyard? Not as long as they receive the proper care.


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During February 26-28, the 2018 Print UV Conference will be held at the exclusive Encore resort in Las Vegas, NV. As an ‘Industry Sponsor’, Prisco is looking forward to seeing you there to learn more about the energy-curable market. While this market continues to grow, so does Prisco’s product offering when it comes to LED and HUV technologies. In fact, our major product lines – blankets, founts, coatings and washes – are working extremely well with these new presses and inks.