Technical Service FAQs

What is the shelf-life of YUPO paper?

YUPO® product shelf-life is dependent on many factors including application, storage conditions and format (roll vs. sheet); it is therefore difficult to set a specific shelf-life time period. As is normal practice, we recommend that stock be used in FIFO fashion using the date-of-manufacture on our label as your guide. At a minimum, you should expect 1 year from date of delivery regardless of date-of-manufacturing as long as product is stored in their original packaging and under typical warehouse conditions (not exceeding 120 ºF). Any product that has been opened and is being returned to storage should be properly resealed. For stock that has exceeded this time period, best practice is to confirm performance under specific application and/or contact our Technical Service Department at (888) 873-9876 for guidance.

YUPO® Product Shelf-Life Statement for the follow Grades –
AIFG, AIFR, AISE, AIUE, AIWE, BLR, FEB, FGG, FGR, FGS, FIG, FIR, FPG, FPU, GUR, HJG, IDS, ISE, ITG, ITE, IZE, KPK, LAR, LBR, LJR, QFF, QJJ(sheet), RMM, RUU, SAR, SGP, TPRA, TPRB, WFE, WFKS, XAD, UAIB, YPBL

Does printing on YUPO require different inks than printing on paper?

Yes. Printing on YUPO requires specially formulated inks geared for synthetic papers. (High solid, oxidizing inks) Click here to obtain more information.

Can conventional inks be used on YUPO?

No. See above. Also, adding dryer to conventional ink for paper is not acceptable.

Can YUPOBlue® be printed on any digital press?

No. YUPOBlue® is designed specifically for HP® Indigo* presses.

Is YUPOBlue® certified for HP® Indigo*?

Yes. Please see RIT and HP websites for updated information.

* HP Indigo is a registered trademark for Hewlett-Packard Development Co, LP.

How can we control static when printing on YUPO?

To avoid static, maintain at least 42% relative humidity. Also, use static elimination equipment such as ionizing air units or static elimination bars at the feeder and/or delivery. Contact SIMCO or other manufacturer for additional information on anti-static equipment.

What is the typical standard drying time for YUPO?

See chart below:**

**Example only: Actual results may vary.

What is the difference between YUPO Original and YUPO ACCEL®?

Improved drying time when printing on YUPO ACCEL® using inks formulated for synthetic paper.
  • YUPO ACCEL® is whiter.
  • YUPO ACCEL® is brighter.
  • YUPO ACCEL® is glossier.

How can we minimize dust build-up?

  • Dry dust on open unit.
  • Minimize impression pressure.
  • Print with yellow down first to minimize effects of dusting.
  • Use coarse blankets versus super smooth.

How can we eliminate set-off?

To avoid set-off, use a good amount of spray powder to reduce the contact between the printed sheets and improve the airflow in the load which will allow the ink more time to dry.
  • Racking lifts no higher than 3-6 inches (depending on ink coverage) will prevent the weight of the lift from causing set-off to the printed sheets.
  • Prevent static from occurring. (See: “How can we control static when printing on YUPO?”)
  • Move / Air the printed piles of YUPO with care.

Can I combine printed YUPO with another substrate?

Yes. However, if YUPO will be combined with another substrate, you should print the entire job (YUPO and other substrate) with inks formulated for YUPO.

Is die cutting possible on YUPO?

Die cutting can be performed on YUPO as long as the blades to be used are sharp and free from nicks. Also, cutting right angles and internal sharp corners on YUPO will cause tearing, so be sure to radius the die. (1/16 inch minimum)