The transition towards UV-curing inks and varnishes with LEDs has begun. In many situations the move is technically and financially not fully understood to make an investment in a machine fully equipped with LEDs. GEW have addressed the needs of many printers by developing the first truly futureproof hybrid UV curing system called ArcLED.
ArcLED enables an investment in arc technology now to be upgraded later with LEDs using the same lamphead casing and the same power supply and control. One simply adds the LED cassettes required, fits a water cooling system (already available on many machines) and the RHINO ArcLED power supply does the rest. It automatically recognises which type of cassette is installed in the machine and adjusts the RHINO control accordingly; all the printer has to do is print! ArcLED is an industry first, switching seamlessly on the same press with the same RHINO power supply from DC power for the LEDs to high voltage AC for the arc lamps.
RHINO ArcLED is extremely energy efficient showing considerable energy savings when compared to conventional electronic power supplies. An investment now in GEW’s ArcLED UV curing protects that investment into the future by ensuring an LED upgrade can be simply and cost-effectively implemented. It also gives the possibility to run a fully flexible hybrid curing system. This unique combination of quick-swap lampheads, reactive detection of the required power and automatic switching will optimise processes, maximise ink compatibility and increase machine productivity. The advanced characteristic that gives the user the ability of fast and easy switching is a special feature of the ArcLED UV system, a technology that GEW is the only manufacturer to implement. The new ArcLED UV curing system is indeed an industry first UV technology advance. It is the only truly futureproof technology for upgradeability and seamless swapping of arc lamp and LED UV systems. Printing presses that today are installed with ArcLED technology can at a later stage in an uncomplicated way be upgraded from arc lamps to LED to fully exploit the advantages of both technologies without modifying the power supply. This will give the operator maximum freedom and flexibility and will thereby avoid getting locked in to one type of curing technology.
GEW RHINO ArcLED curing systems are supplied, as standard, with GEW’s Embedded Service package which allows remote monitoring of the system running condition, allowing the manufacturer’s service engineers to detect and correct out of tolerance parameters. This type of remote preventive maintenance ensures the entire UV system operates at peak performance at all times thus avoiding unplanned machine stoppages. GEW offer all RHINO systems with a comprehensive 5-year warranty which gives users total peace of mind about their investment well into the critical payback period of the project.
GEW (EC) Limited designs and manufactures UV curing systems for the printing and packaging industries. Specialist applications include UV systems for wide web CI presses, silicone release coating, inkjet and industrial applications. GEW is headquartered in England with subsidiaries in the US, Germany and India and operates a network of international distributors worldwide.
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