BELGIUM • In Brussels the company showed Illumina, an LED UV retrofit curing system, for the first time to the European market. According to Fujifilm this system allows traditional UV and water-based flexo presses to be converted to LED UV curing, boosting productivity and environmental performance while reducing costs and waste.
According to Fujifilm the new LED UV curing lamp system is suitable to operate with a new flexo ink system called Fujifilm 300 Series. Combined, Illumina and 300 Series inks shall bring the benefits of low energy LED UV curing to traditional flexo presses through a fast and simple conversion process. The unit is set to fit onto most UV flexo presses of any width, and will also mount directly onto a water-based flexo press without the need to add an extra roller as required by other LED retrofit systems.
The new 300 Series ink range, featuring line and process colours, was developed to maximize print quality. According to the company Fujifilm 300 Series inks are compatible with plates designed to work with UV-based inks.
Illumina’s LED chip design produces less heat, and the heat that is produced is dissipated more effectively than it is with competitor LED technologies. According to Fujifilm the new solution enables energy saving of up to 90% with conventional UV curing lamps. The company further states, that its LED technology and domed lens design helps to deliver up to 44% more energy, curing print more quickly.
According to Steve Wakefield, Aftermarket Support Manager, Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, the new LED UV curing system is offering narrow web printers the triple benefit of lower energy costs, improved productivity and a healthier working environment.
According to Fujifilm, in the US the company has five customers enjoying these benefits.class="shariff-text">info