GEW diversifies into wide web offset and converting

With the launch of its IsoCure UV curing system for web offset applications, GEW has announced its intention to enter new market sectors of the printing and converting industries. Already a market leader in the narrow web sector, the company has its sights firmly set at diversification into both the newsprint and commercial web offset markets as well as coating and silicone release with a UV system they say will bring unprecedented savings to users.

IsoCure is a versatile, fully water cooled UV curing system designed for medium and wide format printing and coating applications in arc lengths up to two metres (78.75”). It can be fitted to existing machines or OEM specified on central impression, in-line and sheetfed presses, as well as laminators and bridge units over conveyers. A compact, reduced cross-section footprint facilitates installation.

When asked what was different about IsoCure, Managing Director, Malcolm Rae said: “Typically, UV systems require large exhaust fans, ducting and manifolds to remove the ozone and heat generated by the UV lamps when curing. IsoCure seals the lamp in its own temperature-controlled micro-climate in isolation from the plant or print room, eliminating the expenditure of ambient air for cooling and ozone extraction. Instead of being ducted to the outside of the building, ozone is safely destroyed within the lamphead. This gives unprecedented savings in UV system operating costs because expensive heated or air-conditioned factory air is no longer consumed. This also yields increased lamp life as airborne contaminants and dust particles are not sucked into the lamphead. Furthermore, since no ducting or exhaust fans are needed, IsoCure allows neater, more compact installation with significantly reduced noise levels”.

Savings can be considerable as determined during on-press tests. Cost savings for each lamp due to the reduced demand on the heating and air-conditioning load is in the area of £100/kW/year. For example on a 50cm (20”) press with 55cm (21.65”) UV lamps, operating at 160W/cm (400W/inch), using 8 lamps, annual energy cost savings could amount to as much as £7,040 per press per year.

Concludes Rae, “IsoCure represents both an economic and ecological advancement to the market place with its design and runs on our electronic e-Brick power supply that provides additional benefits in cost reduction as well reducing the users carbon footprint.”

GEW manufacturers energy saving UV curing systems for all makes of printing and converting machines and supplies both original equipment manufacturers as well as UV upgrades for existing equipment. Since 1991 the company has built itself a strong reputation as the global market leader in UV curing systems for the graphic arts industry. Based near London, England, GEW manufactures all its products in-house, which are available together with spare parts and after-sales service in every continent through its satellite offices and distribution network around the world.

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