After our announcement of NewV cure earlier this year, many customers, partners, and fair visitors have expressed interest in this new method for UV curing. As we have received many questions, we answer the five most frequently asked questions here.
What is NewV cure?
NewV cure is an innovative solution for measuring the curing degree of UV inks, developed by hubergroup. It will revolutionize UV curing since it is the only objective and science-based method for determining UV curing. In contrast to previous methods, it considers the hardening of the total ink and varnish film thickness in offset printing. NewV cure will increase security in packaging production and reduce waste as well as rejects due to incomplete curing.
How does NewV cure work?
For the NewV cure method, samples of the printed product are placed in a test liquid. An electronic measuring procedure then determines whether the ink is cured sufficiently. The method uses a marker in the printing ink that serves as an indicator of the curing degree.
The test field is determined by a software based on the print file and punched out and tested by the printer. The test device provides a clear result, which shows whether the print is properly cured and obtains an approval or whether further machine adjustment is recommended.
The test can be deployed at any stage of the printing process, but we recommend conducting it at the beginning. Of course, hubergroup will provide trainings to all NewV cure customers.
What is analysed and how?
NewV cure analyses a predefined extract of a print sample using UV/Vis photospectroscopy.
Will NewV cure work with all types of fluids, coatings and varnishing as well as inks?
Currently, we are in the industrialization phase. In a first step, NewV cure can be used for the process inks of three hubergroup UV offset ink systems. In future, further extensions of the method are planned.
When will the product be available on the market?
NewV cure will expectedly be available from the first quarter 2020.
For more details, please read our technical papers:
European Coatings Journal, edition 06/2019 [English]
FARBE UND LACK, edition 07/2019 [German]