Since the launch of the Intellicon™ line of ultra-concentrated fountain solutions in September 2013, RBP Chemical Technology has implemented over a dozen installations of Liquid Gold™ UC. Several other installs are pending and are expected to be completed in quarter one 2014.
The Intellicon Liquid Gold UC is an ultra-concentrated, homogeneous solution that incorporates the latest chemical technology for newsprint and coldset applications. Liquid Gold UC fountain solutions can be pumped directly from their original containers with no additional steps required. Printers also have the flexibility to reconstitute the solutions to any desired amount onsite.
According to product developer Jeff Behrens, technical service manager, RBP Chemical Technology, Liquid Gold UC is completely adjustable and allows a press operator to mix and use only the amount of fountain solution needed at any given time by following a simple formula. “Prior to launching our ultra concentrated solution, Liquid Gold was already well-known for providing superior ink and water control,” explains Behrens. “With these recent applications of the UC solution, Liquid Gold has again proven to produce cleaner, sharper print quality with fewer toning and emulsification issues.”
One installation took place at a Midwest-based producer of multiple daily community newspapers. The paper’s production manager says among the greatest benefits of switching to Liquid Gold UC are its better color control, less ink emulsification and excellent start-ups and restarts. He explains, “Overall the printed product looked sharper and cleaner and we can pump right from our 20-gallon carboy, something we could never do before.”
In another installation for an Ohio-based newspaper averaging 70,000+ dailies in addition to regional papers, the switch to Liquid Gold UC has been easy, according to the facility’s production director. “We’ve experienced nothing but consistency, and better yet, zero issues on press. And, we’re benefitting greatly from its delivery system.”
The direct pump delivery system for the Intellicon line is among its unique differentiators, providing users with noticeable freight cost and floor space savings. “Our press operators pump what they need, when they need it and still achieve the same great press results as with pre-mixed solutions,” the paper’s production manager added.
Due to their modest container size, Intellicon products consume less storage space and are easier to handle than pre-mixed fountain solutions. Concentrates utilize much smaller packaging, resulting in reduced freight costs that are passed along to the customer. The products can also be individually drop-shipped rather than skidded, which is beneficial for shipping to hard-to-reach destinations.
Specially formulated to work on all types of dampening systems, including spray and turbo, Liquid Gold UC comes in various pack sizes – 5, 20, 55 and 275/330-gallon containers – and is compatible with most pressroom pumps.
RBP’s technical service specialists created a Frequently Asked Questions reference and is available online at http://rbptoolbox.com/printing/products-by-category/fountain-concentrates/intellicon