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Fujifilm has broadened its product offering by launching an LED UV curing system, Illumina, which it will show for the first time at Labelexpo Europe in September 2017.
This new system allows traditional UV and water-based flexo presses to be converted to LED UV curing, boosting productivity and environmental performance while reducing costs and waste.
The Illumina comprises of a LED UV curing lamp system that is designed to operate with a new flexo ink system called the 300 Series. Combined, Illumina and the 300 Series inks bring the benefits of low energy LED UV curing to traditional flexo presses through a fast and simple conversion process. The compact design of the Illumina unit ensures it will fit easily onto most UV flexo presses of any width, and will also mount directly onto any water-based flexo press without the need to add an extra roller as required by other LED retrofit systems.
The new 300 Series ink range, featuring line and process colours, was developed to maximise print quality. Fujifilm 300 Series inks are compatible with all plates designed to work with UV based inks.
Steve Wakefield, aftermarket support manager, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, said, 'Illumina is the most cutting edge, innovative LED UV curing system on the market. It offers label and narrow web printers the triple benefit of massively lower energy costs, improved productivity and a much healthier working environment. With five customers in the US already enjoying these benefits, Labelexpo Europe 2017 will give European label printers the opportunity to see for themselves how they could also benefit and take full advantage of the latest LED UV ink technology.'
According to the company, the LED chip design produces less heat, and the heat that is produced is dissipated more effectively than it is with competitor LED technologies. The energy efficient design will also lower energy use which enables a potential energy saving of up to 90% compared with conventional UV curing lamps. With energy forming a huge part of label producers' costs, savings of this magnitude have the potential to substantially improve profitability.
Due to the fact that it creates less heat, the unit makes it possible to print on a much wider range of heat sensitive and unsupported films, even without the use of chill rollers. The LED technology and domed lens design helps to deliver up to 44% more energy, curing print more quickly.