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Whitlam Group Invests in IST UV Technology

Center Line, Michigan-based Whitlam Group has recently installed the latest IST MBS UV system on a renovated Mark Andy press. The six position IST system replaced an older UV system and provides a flexible, quick changeover platform for LED or conventional UV, as well as combining the two as a hybrid system.

The Whitlam Group is a family owned printing and converting specialist, who through continuous investment in state-of-the-art equipment and technology, reinforce their innovative solutions to the automotive, industrial and consumer packaged goods sector.

Whitlam Group is an ISO 14001 and ISO/TS 16949 certified company. Additionally, Whitlam Group has received several prestigious awards from TLMI including a first place award in 2014, a World Label Award in 2013, and a first place innovator award in 2012.

With the ongoing development of LED inks and varnishes, Whitlam was looking to install an efficient platform that provides a high curing dose with traditional UV and allows LED to be added now or in the future. The latest IST MBS system was launched at Labelexpo Europe in 2015 and is a true open platform air-cooled UV system, allowing both UV technologies to be run and easily interchanged to match the job requirements. The product is available from 10 inches to 22 inches and will soon be available in 26 inches.

Payman Mahjoory, president of Whitlam Group, said, ‘At Whitlam Group we continuously strive to maintain the highest level of manufacturing capabilities through state-of-the-art equipment, technology and training. Partnering with the right company to help us achieve our goals is absolutely critical. We were very pleased with the installation process and the end result. The IST technicians were onsite for several days and were true professionals. They were very knowledgeable and their training of our staff regarding the use and maintenance of the equipment was exceptional. This technology has enabled us to monitor and control the dosage when processing harder to cure pigments and coatings. The high efficiency system which results in lower energy usage is an added bonus as well.’

Chris Davis, IST America head of sales – web applications, said, ‘We are delighted that Whitlam Group have given us the opportunity to install their first IST system, this is one of several new generation MBS systems coming into the US. We appreciate that Whitlam Group is looking to future-proof their UV needs with their ongoing interest in LED inks, varnishes and adhesives. As IST manufactures both traditional UV and LED UV, we have extensive experience with the strengths of both technologies. Although LED is often in the spotlight, we do know that in the real world of production, the strongest trend right now is a hybrid combination of traditional UV and LED technology in a common platform.’

Want to discuss more about our new investment?
Contact Payman Mahjoory at pmahjoory@whitlam.com.

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