Drupa 2024: Numex becomes first in Asia to invest in Shine

Mumbai-based trade shop, Numex Blocks, has become the first in Asia to invest in Shine LED lamp kits, innovated by Miraclon. Nitin Patil of Numex made the decision to invest in Shine LED lamps to retrofit his two exposure units at Drupa. Patil said, "The faster exposure times, better plate consistency, reduced waste and obvious cost benefit of not having to replace the two exposure units with new ones, made it an easy decision."

31 May 2024 | By Rahul Kumar

Numex Blocks specialises in pre-press and flexo plates. Over the years, the company has invested in new, leading-edge technologies to ensure it keeps its competitive advantage as a leading flexo-focused trade shop. Patil said, "We like to keep abreast of the latest technology to ensure we keep growing. When Miraclon, who we’ve been enjoying a long, consultative relationship with, introduced us to Shine LED Lamps, I was excited about the path it offered us to simply and quickly retrofit our existing fluorescent devices with LED lamps instead of having to make a significant investment in new ones."

He added: "The investment will also deliver a good range of sustainability and productivity benefits: we’ll be able to significantly cut exposure times by around 20%, which allows for big energy savings."

As per a company press note, the Shine LED Lamp kit is Miraclon’s innovative solution to providing fluorescent users with a simple, low-cost route from inconsistent fluorescent exposure to the multiple advantages of LED technology. The press note said, "By utilising customers’ existing fluorescent exposure frames, for a fraction of the cost of a new LED exposure unit users benefit from consistent, predictable intensity over a much longer operating life (up to 5,000 hours compared to 800 hours for fluorescent tubes), faster exposures, and enhanced sustainability performance.

These features won the Shine LED Lamp Kit a unique double at this year’s FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards, winning top awards for both Sustainability and Technical Innovation.

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