Phoseon Technology, a provider of UV LED products for commercial and industrial applications based in Hillsboro, OR, USA, is targeting its recently released FirePower family of UV LED curing products at the flexographic market.
According to the company, the FirePower products are high-performance, water-cooled LED curing lamps offering either 12W/cm2 or 16W/cm2 peak irradiance and come in standard various widths. The 225 mm wide product is ideal for 10" flexographic web presses. In addition, the products can be scaled to fit 13", 17", 22" or even wider presses. These new products will be on display at drupa in Düsseldorf, Germany (stand 9A46).
"The long-term goal for the narrow-web flexographic press builders is to improve their customers' productivity, efficiency and revenue-generating potential," says Chad Taggard, vice president of marketing at Phoseon. "Working with leading printing press and ink manufacturers in the flexographic market has enabled Phoseon to build rugged products that provide superior performance and allow for easy integration into flexo presses. We feel the time is now for the flexographic market to rapidly adopt UV LED curing."
Taggard adds, "In a joint development project with Flint Group, we have installed our 16W/cm2 FirePower on a Mark Andy 4150 press at the Center for Technical Excellence in Minnesota. Even in early testing, Flint Group has been running tests with their inks at 250 fpm, obtaining extraordinary results and thus, we can ensure flexographic narrow web printers that complete the package of both dedicated UV inks and UV LED lamps are now available."
According to the company, UV LED curing brings significant advantages to the flexographic market. These include: economic savings as a result of an instant on/off control and no need for costly ventilation; advanced capabilities such as straighter print paths and the utilization of thinner, heat-sensitive substrates; and clear environmental advantages as they do not use mercury or require ozone creation.