Discover the world of UV, LED and excimer technology at the world's largest in-house exhibition for optical systems
"Tradition meets modernity" is the motto of the ninth annual UV Days, which will take place from 13-16 May 2019 in Nürtingen, Germany. Many industries are increasingly struggling to strike a balance between continuity and change. External pressure, digitalisation, artificial intelligence and autonomous manufacturing are just some of the reasons for this. While the world around is changing faster and faster, many people are looking to change down a gear and find stability. Now the digital hype has died down, analogue is experiencing a rebirth – it's all about 'offline' again!
Finishes on different materials are playing an important role in this, with high-tech meeting high-touch. From wood coatings to packaging, the multi-sensory qualities of finely finished products appeal to us on every level, and have a proven positive effect on brands and their sales. At the same time, digital progress is making the world of finishing more efficient and comprehensive. New curing and finishing techniques, individualisation in batches from the very small to the very large, value-added packaging with augmented or virtual reality and printed electronics offer more variety than ever before.
Every day, people all over the world use countless UV-coated or UV-printed products: a yoghurt in the morning for breakfast, a phone call on the new mobile phone at lunch, the biscuit tin on the table in the evening. The possibilities and applications of UV printing are endless, and more and more emphasis is being placed on technology, aesthetics, quality and sustainability.
Discover your possibilities with our complete optical systems and components for the PRINT, INDUSTRIAL and INKJET sectors. IST UV curing systems boast a number of advantages that can improve the profitability of your production. These include extremely short curing times, immediate further processing, a high degree of gloss in paintwork, high scratch resistance and high chemical resistance. IST Metz offers the world’s largest product portfolio of high-performance UV lamps and UV LED systems.
Extremely short curing times, immediate readiness for use and direct further processing: Accelerate your production process with the latest generation of UV and LED systems from IST Metz. During the UV Days you will get to learn about the latest developments and experience the individual advantages of the various technologies in live demonstrations. We have a 7-colour sheet-fed offset printing system complete with coating unit at the UV Days for print demonstrations. Experience the efficient curing of print inks with UV and LED technology live!
Trends come and go in the blink of an eye and it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between real trends and short-lived hype. The role of packaging has changed dramatically and the unpacking experience has become a central component of brand communication.
At the Print City Breakout Sessions, manufacturers will report on new products and technologies in presentations and tutorials. These tutorials are aimed at everyone in the process chain. They usually start at the creative stage, address specific product management issues and provide printers and converters with detailed information on how to reproduce the same or similar print jobs.
Growing requirements are making for a very dynamic market for packaging printing. The flexographic printing industry is perfectly positioned to handle future requirements. From ever thinner print substrates to the production of packaging materials – flexographic printing sets the standards in quality and efficiency. An event day in joint partnership with the Flexodruck Akademie (Flexography Academy) at UV Days will offer a live demonstration at the DFTA Technology Centre. IST will be offering a free shuttle service to and from the Stuttgart Media University. Registrations for the DFTA Breakout Session can be made via the DFTA.
UV systems from IST Metz are used in the processing of numerous other materials such as glass, stone, carbon fibre, glass fibre and wood. IST offers tailor-made systems and solutions for the healthcare industry, GMP-compliant process development, professional support and laboratory services for a wide range of applications with UV, LED and excimer systems. In the field of display production, IST Metz not only supplies equipment but also development partners in the areas of OLED, QLED, LCD and photo alignment, for example. Applications in the fields of UV cleaning, surface modification and surface activation can be implemented by using excimer solutions.
Experience the wide range of solutions for industrial processes live:
During your time in the exhibition area you may attend the company tour.
A special feature at last year's UV Days was the food packaging produced especially for the event, which was printed with the consideration of Low Migration. At the UV Days, however, not only the various food trucks, who provided the meals in food boxes this year, were very popular with the guests. IST Metz also came up with a number of novelties for the programme: a panel discussion under the direction of the German trade journal Deutscher Drucker as well as impulse lectures by FESPA co-founder Frazer Chesterman took place for the first time. In addition, in cooperation with the VSKE, IST Metz presented a new guideline for the printing of food-safe packaging using UV technology.
or the UV Days event IST Metz came up once again with something special: the PACKbag. The PACKbag is a mixture of “packaging” and “bag” and was printed and refined live during UV Days on the in-house sheetfed offset printing machine, a Heidelberg Speedmaster CD 102-7 LX. Matching the slogan of the event “Ready, Steady, Go!”, the shape of the PACKbag looks like the silhouette of a sports car and at the same time describes the function curve of the new high-performance LED system LEDcure, which was used for the first time during the live print job.