GEW increases UV productivity at Creative Labels

States Alan Mills, UK Sales Manager for GEW, “We worked closely with the customer over a specified period of time to put in place a program to up-grade their existing UV curing systems with as little disruption as possible to production. The intent was to increase press speed via higher UV curing efficiency while maintaining high quality and reducing heat input to the web in order to run films”.

As stated by Creative Labels: “When the need arose to increase our productivity, we looked at a number of options. When GEW introduced us to their new VCP UV curing concept, we saw it as a cost effective means of up-grading production on our flexographic presses while providing the greater degree of heat management necessary for processing filmic materials.”

The VCP (Variable Curing Platform) incorporates a cold reflector with dual flow aircooling utilising glass dichroic material which minimises heat output while maximising UV output. The fully automatic temperature control of the lamp ensures maximum UV output. The VCP includes a mechanism-free cold shutter giving reliable and fast controllable response. The shutter is parked out of all direct radiation when the press is running thereby keeping it cool. The advanced ceramic laminate construction of the shutter prevents heat transfer to the stationary web when the shutter is closed during press stoppage. The ability to use the existing GEW power supply with the VCP system provides customers using older GEW UV models with a cost effective press upgrade and the ability to run new substrates and enter markets previously closed to them.

As part of its investment programme Creative Labels also recently took delivery of a Vectra SCTR glue-less turret rewinder from AB Graphic International that joins a number of Omega slitter/inspection/rewinding systems. The Vectra turret rewinder will be located after the new press to further streamline label production identical to the set-up of other Mark Andy/Omega/Vectra installations.

Founded in 1974, Creative Labels Ltd having traded successfully as an independent company has seen year on year growth. The company’s philosophy is one of continued investment targeted to such areas as its design studio, printing presses and high speed finishing equipment. The company holds both BS EN ISO 9001 and 9002 certification as well as the British Retail Consortium Category B Hygiene Certificate.

GEW is a recognized major supplier of UV curing systems and technology to the international labels and packaging industry. From its headquarters in Redhill, Surrey, UK, the company supplies and services a global customer base and supports a worldwide operation through its North American facility located in Ohio and representation in over 50 countries.