The e-System family comprises UV curing lamps configured for specific tasks. The VCP models are designed for narrow web presses (up to 550 mm) and the eCP lamp head is for mid web presses (from 450 to 600 mm). At the heart of the e-System is the e-Brick power supply. High frequency electrical output increases UV power efficiency by a minimum of 10% thereby reducing electrical costs. Additionally, savings in shipping and handling costs are realised while freeing up valuable shop floor space.
The e-Brick power modules are offered in either a 9 kW or a 12 kW output (power factor >0.97) and measure a compact 280 mm (11”) wide, with a height of just 275 mm (10.8”) and lengths of 580 mm (23”) or 840 mm (33”) respectively. Weighing just 24 kg (66 lbs.) for the 9 kW unit and 32 kg (93 lbs.) for the 12 kW model. In some cases size and weights provide the possibility of mounting the power supplies within the press rather than the large and heavy control cabinets traditionally used. Standard control features and operator warnings include: power supply ready (on start up the unit self checks), missing input phase detector, lamp voltage/current monitoring, high temp. warning, over temp. cut out, power supply fault, fan failure detection and control voltage failure. To further simplify the system, all pneumatics have been removed from the lamphead being replaced by electric actuators.
The e-Brick modules simply plug together in a daisy chain for multiple UV lamp systems and can operate with ease through the GEW colour touch screen. Mains power and the lamphead cables easily plug into the power supply. States Malcolm Rae, MD, “We believe we are now past the point of simply providing bolt-on UV lamps and attached power supplies where we feel we must now offer increased value to our customers. We fully understand the pressure placed on printers from increased value-added demands by their customers. These pressures, new printing techniques and reduced profit margins have guided our product developments to meet these demands.
The e-System is engineered for energy, performance and cost savings and is our UV solution for a changing market.” Concludes Rae, “We will use Labelexpo Europe 2005 in Brussels to showcase our new systems, that have already been supplied and approved by some of our OEM customers.”