UV LED Integration for Narrow Web Applications

UV LED light sources are ideal for high-speed curing in narrow-web presses, offering many benefits to converters that make it an appealing option for any size operation.

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.

The first option for integrating UV LED is to ask the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for a new press equipped with such a capability. In general, most press manufacturers today offer UV LED curing capability if you ask for it.

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.

If buying a new press is not feasible, or one is looking to add new capability to existing equipment, the second option would be to up-grade one or two of the existing press stations to start with, and see how the technology performs.

Due to the long wavelength range of UV LED, it has the ability to cure previously difficult inks with reliably higher quality at faster speeds. UV LED inks are available with colours matched to traditional inks for a smooth transition.