Behind three years of explore and development, Empire Silk Screen Printing, Inc. of Onalaska, WI announces a breakthrough machinery that delivers a fresh level of silk screen printing ability. Working in close cooperation with their partners, Empire is altering the future of silk screen printing by introducing UV LED Ink Curing equipment that provides economically sound and environmentally friendly sustainable print systems.

This improvement was completing possible by pulling together a key set of machinery partners: Phoseon Technology, Nazdar Inks and Coatings, with Kammann USA. These companies consolidated their scientific resources to design, develop, and execute a latest silk screen printing paradigm. With this fresh capability, Empire can provide improved print performance with the information their products are being produced in the most environmentally friendly technique currently available in the silk screen printing industry.


“As a worldwide supplier of technically advanced silk screen printing equipment…I can confidently state the leadership of Empire Screen has forced the world to get a look at what is possible for ecofriendly and sustainable solutions in web silk screen printing. This leadership will ensure the future progression of silk screen printing.”

Steve Gilbertson:  Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kammann USA

Empire is the first company to effectively utilize UV LED Ink Curing technology in a silk screen printing environment. “It feels good and creates us proud that we are pushing technology to transform the way business is done in order to save our environment for future generations.”

John Freismuth: President of Empire Silk Screen Printing

The three key components of an UV LED curing scheme are UV LED inks, UV LED curing, and an UV LED printer. These basics produce a long term sustainable print system through green technology, eliminating ozone emissions and lowering power consumption.


“The effect of the collaboration between Nazdar Inks and Coatings, Empire, Phoseon, plus Kammann is a milestone in the future of silk screen printing. Empire has proven that adopting LED technology is key to increasing productivity, reducing cost, and decreasing their collision on the environment every in one stroke. Contributing to this cutting edge key by developing multiple silk screen printing inks was imperative for Nazdar in support of the industry.”

Phil McGugan: Nazdar Global Vice President of Sales plus Marketing

The benefits a UV LED curing system has over traditional mercury vapor curing are as follows:

  1. An industry first that eliminates ozone emissions and CFM’s (Mercury lamps emit ozone, which needs ventilation systems to remove ozone from the work position, equating to higher power consumption. The amount of air replace is calculated by measuring the CFM’s)
  1. Cubic Feet per Minute: the amount of air substitute leaving and entering a gift
  2. LED lamps pull significantly less power and can be plugged into a standard wall outlet
  3. Manufacturing space is bargain due to the elimination of ventilation system
  4. Lower operating price
  5. Lower heat emission (lights do not produce heat, eliminating the need to warm up or cool down)
  6. Less heat effects in less substrate distortion and eliminates potential fires related to heat
  7. Safer working conditions and improved air excellence
  8. High speed printing with rapid ink curing, significantly lowering power consumption
  9. 14 year LED bulb life eliminates the use plus disposal of mercury bulbs, compared to 1,000 hours of life for a standard mercury vapor bulb
  10. Consistent UV output over the life of the bulb

“We are proud to be supporting territory with our UV LED curing systems,” commented Tom Molamphy, Vice President of Sales at Phoseon Technology, “Empire is a company that understands where the future is headed, and has taken a management role to ensure their customer’s have the newest UV LED curing technology.”

The future of manufacturing depends on companies like territory and their partners to carry on to seek out innovative technology to not just enhance their capabilities, but to offer solutions that improve the impact the printing industry has on the environment.

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