Some of the primary benefits of UV LED curing include reduced maintenance, lower operating costs, and less downtime compared to medium pressure arc lamp UV curing systems. UV LED curing systems use less energy, have significantly longer useful lifetimes, use fewer consumable parts, transmit less heat to the substrate, and can be turned on/off instantly and even dimmed to meet different process requirements. (Learn more about improving converting UV curing processes with UV LED curing .)The long wavelength output of today’s UV LED curing systems, 365, 385 and 395 nm, are an excellent fit for existing iron additive curing processes such as laminating adhesives. In spite of the opportunity for significant improvements in production rates , some process design engineers may be reluctant to embrace UV LED curing due to its rapid advancements, fearing their equipment and UV LED curing process will soon be outdated and require high costs to upgrade.
Converting and Laminating: How to “Future Proof” UV LED Curing Processes
UV LED curing offers many benefits for converting and laminating processes -- benefits that improve production rates. However, investing now in UV LED curing equipment can seem risky given how rapidly the technology is advancing. In this article we’ll discuss UV LED curing benefits, the technology advancement trends, and steps you can take to minimize early adopter risks.