In physics terms, light is a form of electromagnetic radiation. Light visible to the human eye is in the wavelength range between 380 and 780 nm. The UV (ultraviolet) and IR (infrared) ranges are just outside either end of this range. Systems which cure by means of radiation accordingly use UV light (wavelengths between 100 and 380 nm) to cure inks, varnishes, silicones, seals and adhesives, for example. Besides UV arc lamps, LED systems have seen increasing use in industrial curing since the turn of the millennium. When LEDs (LED is an abbreviation of the English “light-emitting diode”) are used in industrial applications, they are combined in small construction units to suit the output required.
Compact and cascadable for an enormous range of requirements
LED systems for curing inks or adhesives can be cascaded as a function of module width, and thus varied in length. The power supply cables present a challenge to cascading. If modules are now lined up with one another, parallel switching of these power supplies would be required. To get round this issue, this requirement was taken into account back at the layout design stage and solved by means of an internal power supply system.
Benefits of LED curing technology
LED technology is used in industrial drying and curing wherever its specific advantages are required.
Advantages of light-emitting diodes, such as
- instant readiness for use
- high-frequency cycle operation
- low heat input
- high efficiency
- long service life and
- compact size
are also valued in private, everyday use. They are a significant reason for the success of LEDs, e.g. in homes or in the automotive industry. Another common example of the use of LED technology is the polymerisation (curing) of plastics in dental Technology.
LED UV is used in many industries
LED UV systems are used both in the printing industry and in numerous other industries on various substrates where coatings and adhesives play a role, such as
- mechanical protection
- chemical protection
- visual effects
In principle, there is a variety of potential applications for LED curing technology in the industrial drying of inks, varnishes, silicones, seals or adhesives on different substrates. Retrofitting is also a possibility. If you are pursuing new approaches, talk to us! We will be pleased to help and promise to maintain confidentiality.
MEASURING TECHNOLOGY FOR LED SYSTEMS
W/cm² has become the established unit of measurement in LED systems. This value indicates the maximum intensity per unit of area. However, since the intensity decreases with increasing distance, the value directly below the exit window is often cited. For comparable measurements, the location at which the power was measured is decisive. Values can vary depending on whether measurements are taken at the chip surface, at the exit window of the emission or at the substrate level. The spatial and temporal distribution in the measuring field must also be taken into account.
Furthermore, it is important to ensure that a suitable UV measuring system is used. This is characterised by a high and as uniform a sensitivity as possible in the wavelength range emitted by the LED. Please contact us for more information.