Web Press Wednesday - 4/19/2023
The term "heatset" is a little misleading when you're talking about the heatset printing process. Yes, there is an oven that more-or-less bakes the paper as it spins through the web press, but what is the heat really doing?
The function of the ovens on a heatset web press does not dry the ink as oil-based paints need to boil or evaporate to dry, which would be over the burning point of the paper it has been applied to and start a fire. The ovens actually evaporate the solvents in the ink before the paper is fed into a chilling unit which sets or hardens the ink.
Pretty Interesting, RIGHT?
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