Why use ArcLED?
ArcLED enables an investment in arc UV technology now to be upgraded later with LEDs using the same lamphead casing and the same power supply and control.
With interchangeable cassettes, every print station has the same lamphead casing, power supply, cables and control. The printer only has to insert the cassette of choice and ArcLED Rhino does the rest: it automatically recognises which type of cassette is installed in the machine, adjusts the RHINO control to provide the correct power type (AC or DC) and adjusts running parameters – all the printer has to do is to print!
ArcLED allows seamless switching from DC power for the LEDs to high voltage AC for the arc lamps and vice versa. RHINO ArcLED is extremely energy efficient showing considerable energy savings when compared to conventional electronic power supplies.
An investment now in ArcLED UV curing protects that investment into the future by ensuring an LED upgrade can be simply and cost effectively implemented. It also gives the possibility to run a fully flexible hybrid curing system.
GEW's hybrid UV solution LW2
Patented water-cooled UV LED lamphead
- The most effective LED UV lamphead on the market
- Water-cooled design for higher power levels and reliability
- Available as standard in widths up to 60cm (23½in)
- Uniform UV output and wavelength across the curing area
- Cassette-based LED array:
– Easy access for cleaning or inspection
– Hot swap to arc for specific applications
– Easy to upgrade and retrofit
- Long-term consistent output over the full life cycle of the LEDs
- Fast curing: up to 2 times the speed on white silkscreen and base white
- Range of wavelength and power levels available:
Touch Control Panel
ArcLED enables hybrid print stations in every position, allowing the printer to use a combination of arc and LED technology seamlessly on the same press.
The RHINO control automatically logs energy use and displays it on screen at the touch of a button, showing kWh consumption in operation, at idle and % production uptime.
Proactive downtime avoidance
Our Embedded Service Package regularly sends system performance data to GEW for analysis. A system health report is generated, highlighting any out-of-tolerance parameters requiring maintenance attention before a fault can develop.
Working at peak performance
The Event Log continually records system use and operating parameters. The Log can be checked to ensure the system is working at peak efficiency, avoiding energy waste and unplanned downtime.
Multilingual instructions are easily accessible on every screen together with a library of tutorials and videos, troubleshooting and maintaining the system.
Electronic Power Supply
The RHINO ArcLED power supply automatically recognises which type of cassette – arc UV or LED UV – is installed in the machine and adjusts the RHINO control accordingly.
ArcLED switches seamlessly from DC power for the LEDs to high voltage AC for the arc lamps.
Military-grade electronic design protects the UV system from damage caused by incorrect voltage, short-to-ground, dropped phases, mains spikes and lightning strikes. In the event of a serious mains disruption, the system powers down in a safe mode.
Survives the harshest environments
RHINO is designed to run in harsh conditions at ambient temperatures of up to +40°C. The system is also unaffected by dust, ink mist and other atmospheric contaminants.
Minimal footprint RHINO Rack
A compact cabinet that houses up to 6 RHINO power supplies and provides perfect cooling, atmospheric protection and mains power distribution. Cabinets are stackable 2-high, enabling 12 power supplies to fit into a 115cm x 65cm floor area. Power supplies slide into rack and connect quickly, enabling more lamps to be easily added to the system in future.
Lowest operating costs
With intelligent power management the current draw from each mains phase is balanced and harmonic distortion is minimised, reducing the energy demand registered by your electricity meter. Reducing harmonics in operation maximises existing mains capacity because energy is not lost as heat in cabling and transformers.
“The main difference and biggest advantage of this showcased GEW ArcLED curing system, compared to other LED systems, is the ability to combine and interchange conventional arc lamps with LED curing at every print station. This hybrid system also provides MPS customers the flexibility to upgrade to LED at a later stage, so they can fully utilize the advantages of both technologies without the need to re-invest or modify their press.”
Bert van den Brink, Technical Director, MPS Systems B.V.
“Tactical use of UV LED on certain print units has doubled this machine’s productivity and our capability to manufacture special new products. Only GEW was able to offer us this package of efficiency, capability and reliability.”
“The hybrid arc/LED plug and play functionality combined with the Rhino electronic power supply reduces our electricity bill. Our initial investment effort is recouped quickly through faster, stable production with no downtime.”
Chris Ellison, Managing Director, OPM Group
Source: OPM details benefits from use of GEW ArcLED hybrid UV curing technology