We will be showcasing our full product range at Labelexpo Americas 2022, with a particular emphasis on our air-cooled UV LED system AeroLED, which is now ArcLED compatible.
AeroLED is a high power system for full cure, printing, coating and converting applications up to 60cm wide. New at Labelexpo is an innovative design update that makes AeroLED compatible with GEW’s ArcLED system. Using the same fan and ducting arrangement as the industry standard E2C, customers have total flexibility to switch between arc and LED curing on any station. No filters are required due to the high redundancy, making maintenance a breeze and an AeroLED retrofit more cost effective than ever before. Moreover any customers with GEW’s RHINO/RLT power supply platform can upgrade to LED within a matter of hours, by simply changing the cassettes and running a software upgrade.
In an AeroLED system, air is extracted by a single centralised fan sited away from the press. There is no need for integrated fans or electronics in the individual lampheads, which eliminates the high pitched noise and risk of failure that these bring. AeroLED features the same LED chassis and core components as GEW’s LeoLED lamphead, for proven reliability. As with LeoLED, the lamphead has tough watertight seals to protect the LED modules from ingress and to make cleaning easy and safe. Every aspect of the design has been carefully considered to deliver robust performance and long-term reliability.
AeroLED’s efficient optical design enables the lowest energy usage of all GEW products. This delivers energy savings of typically 50-70%, when compared to a conventional UV arc system. In addition to offering greatly reduced operating costs, printers upgrading to LED are able to free up a significant level of mains capacity, which can then be used to install new machinery and subsequently increase production capability. Two AeroLED systems have a lower electrical supply requirement than just one conventional arc UV system.
A further advantage of LED is its predictability and stability of UV output in the curing process. AeroLED delivers a step change in process control by ensuring stable UV output year after year, and eliminates the uncertainty of conventional UV lamps, reflectors and mechanisms to ensure consistent production quality. As is the case with all new GEW UV products, AeroLED uses GEW’s RHINO power supply and control range, for ultimate reliability with Industry 4.0 approved, IoT Remote Monitoring as standard.
We will also showcase our water-cooled UV LED option, LeoLED. Launched in 2019, LeoLED delivers maximum power and UV dose for more demanding applications. Both UV LED models are built to GEW’s usual exacting standards, using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, for robust performance and reliability. Both are available with a 5-year GEW system warranty, for peace of mind.
Robert Rae, Managing Director of Sales at GEW, comments: “UV LED is no longer just a technology for the future, it has become an essential technology for the present day. This change has been driven by the recent and dramatic increases in global energy prices, creating an unprecedented demand for low-energy, sustainable LED solutions as well as improved ink technology and availability. Technological advancement is leading to ever more efficient and cost-effective UV LED products, as is demonstrated by the introduction of AeroLED. The opportunities are huge and we are convinced that LED will soon become the dominant technology in our narrow web market.”
Robert will present a Press Conference at Labelexpo Americas 2022 on Wednesday 14th September at 12.45pm, in the Press Room. He will discuss the future of UV LED, introduce AeroLED and illustrate how the ground-breaking design differs from earlier GEW models, detailing its key features and the many benefits to the customer.
ArcLED compatibility in more detail
ArcLED interchangeable lamphead technology allows the use of a conventional UV arc lamp or LED array on the same print unit. Both arc and LED cassettes are compatible with the same power supply and fit in the same housing for ease of change. GEW’s RHINO control enables any combination of curing technologies to be used on the same press. ArcLED enables the printer to switch between arc and LED UV curing at will, to suit process requirements and ink formulation.
Alongside LeoLED, we will feature the latest mercury arc lamp technology, including our compact E4C system, at Labelexpo Americas 2022. E4C is the highest powered lamphead in the GEW mercury arc range and can deliver up to 200W/cm, to support the most demanding UV curing operations. E4C performs to the harshest cure test procedures and is suitable for Low Migration applications. It is also fully compatible with GEW’s ArcLED hybrid system.