Filtration

The Importance of Process Cooling in the Printing Industry

 The Importance of Process Cooling in The Printing Industry - printing press - Parker HannifinFor the last twenty years, the print industry has been on a journey of technological transformation. Printing markets are changing, many publishing products have electronic versions replacing previously printed media. E-books, online newspapers and magazines are taking significant sections of their respective markets, while directories, catalogues and brochures have electronic alternatives.

These factors have seen a shift from traditional products to packaging and labelling, where demand is growing fast. In fact, the print market is forecast to continue expanding for the next five years.

The digital age has allowed machine manufacturers to develop systems that are now so advanced that printing companies have been forced to invest in the latest machinery in order to remain viable in the market.


The Importance of Process Cooling in The Printing Industry - View the Hyperchill interactive - Parker Hannifin


For more detailed information on the importance of accurate temperature control in the printing industry, view our interactive.

 

 


Product designs are now sent online to print companies, which will generally be able to turnaround and deliver finished product within 24 hours. Older methods of waiting for inks to dry have been replaced by UV systems where the ink is instantly cured. The ability to rapidly cure inks has allowed printing machinery to run at higher speeds and significantly increasing productivity.

 

The role of chillers

A consequence of modern machines running at higher speeds is that they use more energy.

This generally results in the liberation of more heat. In most print applications, excess heat is a problem for the following reasons:

  • At higher temperatures, the printing ink viscosity decreases. Over emulsification of the ink occurs leading to smearing and smudging of the print.
  • Increased quantities of low viscosity ink may be required to achieve the print. The use of larger ink volumes results in increased print costs.
  • High heat levels increase the wear on the printing system resulting in more frequent maintenance work.

Chillers play an essential role in printing applications. They are vital in providing the machinery with temperature stability, which is in turn, critical to ensuring the quality and speed of production are maintained.

Most machine manufacturers circulate chilled water through the critical components to reject the unwanted heat and provide stable working temperatures.

The heat load is generally removed by circulating chilled water through the print roller or through the UV curing lamps.
 

Direct cooling of rollers

Chilled rollers provide cooling directly to the product to maintain consistency of throughput. The chilled water passes through rotary unions at each end of the roller.

The Importance of Process Cooling in The Printing Industry - Direct Cooling of Rollers - Parker Hannifin
 

Cooling of UV and LED lamps

UV and LED lamp systems are used to create ultraviolet light that can be directed onto the printing surface. The UV light reacts with the wet ink resulting in rapid curing and drying. The UV curing method is common in modern and large print systems as the printing throughput can be significantly increased. Chilled water is typically passed through a heat-sink attached to the bulb mounts and maintains a stable operating temperature.

The Importance of Process Cooling in The Printing Industry - Cooling of UV and LED lamps - Parker Hannifin

 

Cooling in large printing operations

Larger printing systems often adopt a centralised system, where an integral heat-exchange unit is used to control the cooling of individual components in the line. An externally located chiller is then used to provide primary cooling to the integral heat-exchange unit.

The diagram below depicts a typical large printer installation. Click to enlarge.

The Importance of Process Cooling in The Printing Industry - large printer installation - Parker Hannifin


In many instances, the complete print line is supplied by an integrator that packages a number of OEM systems to provide the customer with the required solution. Ink curing through UV lamps is commonly employed in these larger lines. Hyperchill and Hyperchill Plus chillers offer a robust and cost-effective solution and are ideally suitable to meet the cooling demands from a UV based system.

 

Why Parker chillers?

The Importance of Process Cooling in The Printing Industry - HYPERCHILL CHILLERS - Parker HannifinHyperchill and Hyperchill Plus chillers deliver safe and reliable operation under the varied working conditions typically found in the printing industry.

Design features on Parker chillers can deliver significant benefits to the end-users. Some key features and benefits for printing are as follows:

  • Non-ferrous hydraulic circuit with stainless steel tank, evaporator and water pump maintain the quality of the coolant.
  • Very precise outlet water temperature control (up to ± 0.5 °C), thanks to a PID software developed and tested to give the highest temperature consistency even at variable loads.
  • Medium-high pressure pumps supply constant water flow and pressure to the machine.
  • High reliability, with energy management, to reduce total cost of ownership.

.

 

The Importance of Process Cooling in The Printing Industry - View the Hyperchill interactive - Parker HannifinView the interactive tor more detailed information on the importance of accurate temperature control in the printing industry.

 

 

The Importance of Process Cooling in The Printing Industry - James Brown, compressed air and gas treatment/analytical gas sales manager - Parker HannifinThis post was contributed by James Brown, compressed air and gas treatment/analytical gas sales manager, Parker Gas Separation and Filtration Division EMEA

 

 

 

 

The Importance of Process Cooling in The Printing Industry - James Brown, compressed air and gas treatment/analytical gas sales manager and Filippo Turra, product manager - Parker HannifinFilippo Turra, product manager, Parker Gas Separation and Filtration Division EMEA

 

 

 

 

 

Related content

Defining Our Unique Contribution to the World

Why Accurate Temperature Control Is Important in Brewing and Distilling

What Is Process Cooling and How Is It Used in Industrial Applications?

Sizing a Chiller for Your Application - What You Need to Know

Best Practices for Your Process Chiller System Installation

Water Chilling for Temperature Control in MRI and CT Scanners

Process Cooling Accelerates Throughput in Food and Beverage Manufacturing

Have a question about Parker products or services? We can help: Contact Us!

Comments for The Importance of Process Cooling in the Printing Industry


Please note that, in an effort to combat spam, comments with hyperlinks will not be published.

Leave a comment





Captcha