Finishing with UV and LED technology
At the Fachpack exhibition (25-27 September in Nuremberg, Germany) UV system manufacturer IST Metz will be presenting a product portfolio of UV lamp and LED solutions for the finishing of packaging. The company will be exhibiting together with PrintCity Alliance in hall 7A , stand 7A-138.
UV lamp systems are used primarily for print jobs with very exacting and diverse requirements. These are mainly highly-finished products such as packaging in the luxury segment, but also involve print jobs with stringent safety requirements in production – such as printing food packaging.
Compared to conventional UV systems, the BLK LAMPcure from IST Metz offers an increase in drying performance without increasing the UV lamp output. This means more productivity with reduced operating costs, the company says.
A clever modular basic concept in combination with its robust and compact design are said to allow the user maximum flexibility and versatility with the new LEDcure LED system. The system is freely scalable in length and can be adapted to all machine formats and installation situations. This makes it possible to use an LEDcure unit at different positions on a machine.
A speciality of UV printing is the curing of inks and coatings under oxygen-reduced conditions. In this form of UV curing, oxygen is replaced by an inert gas, usually nitrogen. IST Metz’s inert UV systems are gaining in importance, especially in packaging printing, because they enable products with sensory characteristics while at the same time complying with the legal requirements for food packaging.