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Adopting LED Curing Technology

UV LED curing technology has arrived. It is no longer an emerging technology, but one that is bringing a host of advanced printing capabilities, says Phoseon Technology

UV LED light sources are suitable for high-speed curing in narrow-web presses and other forms of printing, such as
screen, digital and offset, offering many benefits to printers and converters making it an appealing option. Although there is an expense associated with upgrading to UV LED equipment, the return on investment can be quite fast due to the overall cost savings and operating benefits. Here, Phoseon Technology sets the record straight with some of the myths from the industry.

UV LED light sources are quickly becoming standard in printing and coating equipment as the lamps are ideal where larger lamps simply are not practical.

UV LED light sources are quickly becoming standard in printing and coating equipment as the lamps are ideal where larger lamps simply are not practical.

Recent advances in UV LED curing technology and compatible, eco-friendly inks have fostered the development of a new generation of bench-top inkjet printers.

With these devices, small sign shops and printing firms can diversify their product lines and enter new markets without having to expand their floor space or expose employees to VOCs harmful UVC radiation, or infrared radiation.

Today there are a growing number of suppliers developing inks that work well with LED technology; this has resulted in substantial advanced capabilities for UV printing. 

Users of UV LED curing systems can process a variety of materials (including thin and heat-sensitive substrates) at maximum production speeds with low-input power.

This drastically reduces energy consumption and the surface temperature of the items.

UV LEDs contribute to workplace safety because they don't generate dangerous UV­-C radiation or excessive heat or noise.

Companies that have already installed more environmentally sustainable printing processes report that it has helped them attract younger workers and more customers that prefer eco-friendly processes.