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FLEXO Magazine : August 2013
terephtalate glycol-modified (PET-G), poly-vinyl chloride (PVC), biaxially ori- ented polystyrene (OPS), carton board, and unsupported films and laminations. It can work with heat-sensitive and thin substrates, and does well with both rigid and flexible materials. The intensity of the curing can be carefully controlled, allowing for faster or deeper curing depending on the need (something that is difficult to do with typical mercury lamps). And be- cause there is no infrared light to worry about, UV LED is completely film ready. Furthermore, contrary to popular belief, there is a wide variety of inks and pigments tested and available for use with the UV LED system. This includes a variety of coatings (gloss, matte, thermal transfer ribbon (TTR)), as well as metallic inks and shrink whites. Thus, printed materials can make use of a full range of colors, glosses, and metallic sheens—all of which can make for a more attractive product—without addi- tional curing machinery or processes. With most industrial processes, a series of small-but-significant benefits is often the most realistic option, and most likely to make a positive return on investment. UV LED has a significant positive impact on productivity, capabili- ties, and the environment. Innovations have eliminated many of the outstand- ing issues with the technology, making it a worthwhile investment. n About the Author: Gregory S. Palm is executive vice president, new business development, Mark Andy, Inc. SourceS Banallo, Bill. (2012). Exploring UV. Presentation. © IST America Corporation. Heathcote, Jennifer. (2012). Economics of UV LEDs in Pro- duction: General comments and case study. UV LED Symposium, September 26, 2012, Integration Technology Ltd. Heathcote, Jennifer. (2010). UV- LED Overview Part II-Curing Systems. Radtech Report Septem- ber/October 2010, pp. 31-42 . Close, Josie and Jasper Ip, K.H. Lam (2006). Water recycling with PV-powered UV-LED disinfection. Renewable Energy, Volume 31, Issue 11, September 2006, Pages 1657-1664, ISSN 0960-1 Sun, Ke-Xun and Nick Leinde- cker, Sei Higuchi, John Goebel1, Sasha Buchman and Robert L Byer (2009). UV LED operation lifetime and radiation hardness qualification for space flights. Journal of Physics: Conference Series. Volume 153. Siegel, S. B . (2007). U.S . Patent No. 7,175,712. Washington, D.C .: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. www.flexography.org august 2013 FLEXO 73 Improve your balance at any speed 3MTM Flexographic Plate Mounting Systems give you flexibility - a choice of adhesives, foams and thickness to better balance solids and dots to meet increasingly higher customer expectations. Air-release EASY Mount Adhesive provides faster set-up and smoother surfaces for improved productivity and print quality - at any speed. Best of all, 3MTM Flexographic Plate Mounting Systems are brought to you by Anderson & Vreeland, with 50+ years of flexo experience. Tip the balance in your favor. theDiffe rence! Experience flexodaily.com fb.com/ andvre twitter.com/ andvre linkd.in/ AndVre youtube.com/ andersonvreeland gplus.to/ andvre 866.282.7697 fx: 800.223.6869 www.AndVre.com info@AndVre.com Download free Selection Guide at www.AndVre.com/3m_mounting.html