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GEW recently launched IsoCure, a UV curing system for mid and wide web printing and converting applications. The system is designed for high performance UV curing of inks, varnishes, coatings, silicone release and hot melt pressure sensitive adhesives. Either conventional free radical or inert atmosphere technology can be supplied for high press speeds and specialized applications.

IsoCure is described by GEW Managing Director Malcolm Rae as "a versatile, fully water cooled UV curing system," designed for medium and wide formats in arc lengths from 50cm (20") up to two meters (78.75"). "Typically, UV systems require large exhaust fans, ducting and manifolds to remove the ozone and heat generated by the UV lamps when curing," Rae says. "IsoCure seals the lamp in its own temperature-controlled micro-climate in isolation from the plant or print room, eliminating the expenditure of ambient air for cooling and ozone extraction. Instead of being ducted to the outside of the building, ozone is safely destroyed within the lamphead. This gives unprecedented savings in UV system operating costs because expensive heated or air-conditioned factory air is no longer consumed. This also yields increased lamp life as airborne contaminants and dust particles are not sucked into the lamphead. Furthermore, since no ducting or exhaust fans are needed, IsoCure allows neater, more compact installation with significantly reduced noise levels."


The company has taken the step to cease manufacturing its UV systems using traditional transformer supplies and now only uses electronics.

Concludes Rae, "IsoCure represents both an economic and ecological advancement to the marketplace with its design and runs on our electronic e-Brick power supply that provides additional benefits in cost reduction as well reducing C[O.sub.2] emissions."
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Title Annotation:UV SYSTEMS
Publication:Label & Narrow Web
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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