November 2005. GEW has won the FlexoTech Environmental Innovation Award for its new, e-system UV curing concept designed to provide energy savings and a total system approach to radiation curing. Assessed by an international team of judges, the Award recognises companies designing products considered to enhance the living and working environments.
Empirical data submitted by GEW compared the operation of a traditional transformer powered UV system versus the electronic system with significant energy and cost savings. Assuming an annual power cost of 0.055 £/kW hr and an annual running time of 3,600 hours, a transformer powered UV lamp will cost the printer £1,586 while the electronic system will operate at £1,047 giving equivalent performance. Accordingly the e-system will provide a running cost saving of 14.9 pence/hour/10kW lamp. Considering most presses supplied today are configured with eight print units, these cost savings are significant.
Utilising the e-system as the UV curing building base, enhancements are in place for film converting, use of low odour/migration inks for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries plus curing of silicone coatings.
The Award was sponsored by Focus Label Machinery Ltd. and presented by Anthony Cotton, Technical Sales Manager of Focus Label Machinery Ltd. at a Gala Dinner that took place at the London Metropole Hotel in October.