Why is LED UV the next big thing for corrugated printing? Find out at AICC Annual Meeting

Baldwin to present greener, safer, productivity-boosting technology and debut “From Beast to Beauty” eBook

ST. LOUIS, Missouri — April 24, 2023 — Packaging is no longer just the medium to get a product from point A to point B; it is also a company’s marketing, branding, and identity. For corrugated printers to keep up and stand out, LED UV technology might be the key.

Baldwin Technology Co. Inc. — a one-stop source for high-performance treating, cleaning, curing, coating and inspection solutions — will make its case for its pioneering LED UV in corrugated at the 2023 AICC Independent Packaging Association Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place at Trump National Doral Resort in Miami, FL on April 26.

Baldwin has also launched a new set of resources for corrugated packaging manufacturers, centered on a new eBook titled “From Beast to Beauty,” analyzing trends facing the corrugated industry. It kicks off the company’s new PrintEnomic$ resource center, which will house separate eBooks, industry organization and trade publication links, and a host of podcasts and instructional guides to maximize profitability in the corrugated, narrow web, and offset printing spaces.

On Wednesday, April 26 during the Supplier Innovations session at 8 a.m., Baldwin regional sales manager, Bill Elting, will present a 6-minute overview of the company’s game changing XP Max LED-UV system. It is designed to cure especially wide substrates moving past it on a printing press, corrugated rotary die cutter, or manufacturing conveyor belt. Instead of one long LED array, XP Max uses numerous 20-inch (508mm) modules. These LED modules are set at an angle to allow for overlap of the LED emitting areas, forming a continuous UV curing array that spans any press or conveyor width needed.

The LED-UV modules within the XP Max system can significantly reduce energy and downtime costs while improving operational safety. LED-UV technology cures ink instantly with no drying time, using much less energy than both IR and arc UV. The modules can be turned on and off to cover only part of the conveyor, saving energy use when curing smaller stock widths. This arrangement also enables individual maintenance, allowing the removal of a single module without shutting down the full system for repairs. Lastly, the LED window temperatures are much cooler than both IR and arc UV, resulting in a much lower chance of fire when the corrugated substrate falls onto lamp heads.

“As Baldwin continues to expand our presence in the corrugated space, we are excited to showcase our products that will help converters provide a safer working environment for the team members, reduce press downtime through fully automated cleaning processes, and deliver higher quality output on the press,” said Baldwin Vice President of Sales Craig Black.  “These all add up to a positive impact on bottom line profitability!  We take the environment seriously and with the leading IR drying and LED-UV curing technology we guarantee significantly reduced energy consumption over traditional suppliers, and our cleaning systems drastically reduce water and solvent usage.”

Fueled by 100 years of innovation, Baldwin supplies new equipment to consumers, maintains and services existing equipment with quality replacement parts and provides highly engineered consumables and engineering services, including upgrades and retrofits in addition to regular maintenance.


Baldwin Technology Company Inc. is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of innovative process-automation equipment, parts, service and consumables for the printing, packaging, textile, plastic film extrusion and corrugated industries. As a total solutions provider, Baldwin offers our customers a broad range of market-leading technologies, with a focus on improving the economic and environmental efficiency of production processes. Through a global footprint of 21 company-owned locations and an extensive network of partners, our customers are supported globally, regionally and locally by dedicated sales and service team members who add value by forming long-term relationships. Baldwin is privately owned by BW Forsyth Partners, a Barry-Wehmiller company. For more, visit baldwintech.com.


BW Forsyth Partners is the investment arm of multibillion-dollar global manufacturing and engineering consulting firm Barry-Wehmiller. Established in 2009, BW Forsyth Partners blends Barry-Wehmiller’s unparalleled legacy of value creation and people-centric culture development with keen investing experience to help companies realize their true potential. With a focus limited to areas known well, BW Forsyth Partners seeks to partner with leadership teams to acquire small- to middle-market companies in the capital and component equipment, and professional services sectors. In each of our operating companies, BW Forsyth Partners deploys operational improvements and strategy development without compromising the autonomy, strategic vision and entrepreneurial spirit of their leadership teams. For more information, visit bwforsyth.com.

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