UV LED Systems for Narrow Web Flexo converting

AMS LED UV Systems Revolutionize High Speed Flexo

UV LED curing technology is delivering deep, consistent curing, top production speeds, heat-less operation and high reliability with unprecedented uptime to tag, label and film producers. The introduction of market-ready UV LED curing inks from major manufacturers, coupled with an all-new ultra-high powered FLEXO Series edition of AMS award-winning XP Series LED curing platform is rapidly transforming energy curing in Flexographic printing. 

AMS recently launched its LED UV FLEXO Series based on its award-winning, patented XP Dynamic Collimation Technology for the high speed flexographic label printing and converting market. 

Market-leading AMS LED UV systems are moving Flexographic printing Full Speed Ahead into a new era of cleaner, faster, heatless curing. Here OMET shows its latest 6-Color 430 Digital Flexo Label Press with AMS FLEXO Series LED UV on Vinyl and 12-micron PET. 

Market-leading AMS LED UV systems are moving Flexographic printing Full Speed Ahead into a new era of cleaner, faster, heatless curing. Here OMET shows its latest 6-Color 430 Digital Flexo Label Press with AMS FLEXO Series LED UV on Vinyl and 12-micron PET. 


LED Meets UV Flexographic Tag, Label and Packaging Production

Flexographic label production represents one of the most difficult application challenges in UV Curing. With a vast array of synthetic substrates, heavy ink deposits, and high production speeds reaching 800 fpm (245 m/min) and faster, effective and consistent UV curing has never been easy. And that's before UV-related downtime enters the picture.

AMS FLEXO Series LED UV for Narrow Web Label and Packaging

A 7 color OMET narrow web food packaging flexographic printing press enhances their pressroom production by way of the AMS FLEXO Series LED UV. Installing the AMS FLEXO Series LED UV has allowed OMET to accelerate productivity and provides an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional UV system it replaces.

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High Speed UV LED Intensities up to 25W

The highest intensities are crucial for effective curing and attaining top production speeds in Flexo UV LED. Through a commitment to research and development of high intensity UV LED, AMS engineers have paved the way for the advancements necessary to achieve incredible results.

For the all-new FLEXO Series, AMS delivers 17W/cm2 (standard) and 25W/cm2 (optional) intensity classes at 385-395nm. With these intensities, the raw power needed to solid cure the heavy blacks and opaque whites in flexographic production is now a reality. And because curing power is optimized via AMS's PEAK Optics, intensity losses are minimized at reasonable working distances from the emitter window.

The AMS FLEXO Series 17W and 25W LED UV Curing Systems have been fully tested and qualified at the highest production speeds with a new generation of UV LED curing inks from FLINT Group, Nazdar and other manufacturers. Shrink films, pressure sensitive labels and other tough-to-cure applications are a reality. 

An Extendable, Flexible, High Power LED UV Modular System

The AMS XP9 Series UV LED module delivers the highest UV LED intensities available, and can be sized to meet any press or web width requirement.  Our FLEXO Series package includes the power drivers, cooling, web mounts and controls necessary to deploy quickly on just about any machine.

Modern tag and label converters rely predominantly on air-cooled mercury (Hg) UV arc-lamp systems, that routinely create costly production downtime from excessive heat, lengthy warm-ups, shutter malfunctions, equipment failures and other faults. Curing degrades promptly with each bulb change. Once production begins, heat is blasted into the pressroom putting stress on air-conditioning and air recovery systems, and hazardous ozone leaks are not uncommon.

With conventional air-cooled UV systems in the flexographic space, costly downtime, speed bottlenecks and inconsistent production results are almost inevitable. But thanks to advances in high intensity UV LED technology, all this is about to change, forever.

AMS FLEXO Series is perfect for high-speed flexible packaging applications involving PET and shrink films, where heat is traditionally an issue. Here AMS LED UV is installed on a BOBST Gidue 9-Color M 630 (25-in) Mid-Web line Designed for Flexible Packaging.

AMS FLEXO Series is perfect for high-speed flexible packaging applications involving PET and shrink films, where heat is traditionally an issue. Here AMS LED UV is installed on a BOBST Gidue 9-Color M 630 (25-in) Mid-Web line Designed for Flexible Packaging.

AMS LED Lamp Units integrate transparently to flexographic presses in a more optimal way than traditional UV lamps, which require bulky housings, hot air exhaust blowers and standby shutter systems.

AMS LED Lamp Units integrate transparently to flexographic presses in a more optimal way than traditional UV lamps, which require bulky housings, hot air exhaust blowers and standby shutter systems.

AMS FLEXO Series LED UV lamps  fit easily into flexographic print units where they achieve faster production speeds, less heat and higher quality output, without mercury and ozone, and with energy savings of 60% or more compared to traditional UV lamps.

AMS FLEXO Series LED UV lamps  fit easily into flexographic print units where they achieve faster production speeds, less heat and higher quality output, without mercury and ozone, and with energy savings of 60% or more compared to traditional UV lamps.

 

Benefits of FLEXO Series LED UV Systems from AMS

Thanks to recent advances in UV LED power, intensity, and efficiency, along with the commercialization of a new generation of LED flexographic inks and coatings, curing with UV LED technology is available TODAY and is set to revolutionize the way curing is accomplished in the tag and label industry.

The FLEXO Series from AMS delivers all the benefits of high speed UV LED curing in a durable, flexible package that can be tailored to any web width or curing scenario. Return on investment for LED in Flexo can be very fast. The following benefits are immediately realized with AMS LED UV curing compared to typical mercury arc lamp curing in Flexo:

 

Simple and Straightforward UV LED Flexo Installations

Whether starting with just one, two or three lamps to remove curing bottlenecks in the existing process, or converting the entire press, AMS LED UV systems are easy are very compact, low profile and easy to install just about anywhere the web travels.  

AMS LED systems can be specified in any length to meet the large variety of web widths in the market today, and our universal UV LED web mounts are quick to install. Press integration is accomplished quickly via normal press interface points, and can expand to cover a host of integration requirements. For new presses, our OEM packages can be specified on all new machines. 

OEM and Retrofit Packages Available

AMS UV LED technology can be specified on new presses, and is easily retrofittable onto existing machines from numerous manufacturers including Gallus, Nilpeter, Mark Andy, Omet, Comco, MPS and others. AMS  works closely with press manufacturers to ensure the highest integration quality is achieved, and automation features of the machines are preserved.

 

Calculating the ROI for UV LED in Flexo

AMS has worked closely with tag and label converters on the deployment of UV LED, and has developed an in-depth understanding of the success factors and ROI drivers. Rather than starting from scratch, we encourage you to contact us and to leverage the models we already have in place.


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