GEW (EC) Limited announce the supply of an air cooled eight lamp UV curing line to Systems Labelling Limited, Flintshire. The VCP system supplied is an upgrade to one of the company’s existing flexo presses and is equipped with GEW’s AirFilm solution that permits processing of a wide range of heat-sensitive materials without the need for driven water-cooled rollers on the machine.
States Vernon Pearce, Engineering Manager at System Labelling “Because of the heat sensitive nature of many of the substrates we print and convert the selection of a UV system with good heat management was essential. We can now print plastic on plastic and other filmic products that were previously impossible giving us the potential to explore new markets. We had considered a water-cooled UV system with chill rollers, but felt this to be prohibitive, as it requires a refrigeration unit and piping as well frequent maintenance and space. The solution that was developed with GEW’s on site support was to incorporate air cooled rollers and this works extremely well”.
The AirFilm solution incorporates the rollers immediately adjacent to the UV lamp-head where air is directed through the inner core of the heat conductive rollers and where the removed heat is then exhausted. The VCP system is powered by GEW’s electronic e-Brick power supply that provides considerable energy savings in comparison to traditional choke and transformer technology. Under normal press operation e-Brick can provide up to 30% energy savings, while significantly reducing CO2 emissions.
Serving the food, beverage, chemical, healthcare, cosmetics, industrial and prime label markets, Systems Labelling is accredited to BRC –IOP Technical Standard producing labels ranging from plain to highly decorative eight colour graphics. The increasing demand for high quality graphics and the growing use of unsupported films and flexible packaging materials was a significant factor in the decision to fit the press with temperature-controlled UV curing capability.