Curing and matting in seconds with UV and excimer technology
Friday 14. February 2020 - At PaintExpo, which takes place from April 21-24 in Karlsruhe, Germany, UV equipment manufacturer IST Metz will be presenting its range of high-performance systems for curing and matting industrial coatings in seconds using UV, LED and excimer technology in Hall 2 at Stand 2628.
Extremely matt, scratch-resistant and a very energy-rich emission with low penetration depth – these are the core properties of excimer technology, which is making its way into more and more industrial sectors and applications. At a wavelength of 172 nm, a polymerization process starts in the uppermost part of a layer of UV-curing coating. Due to the comparatively low penetration depth of UV radiation, this process leaves a micro-folded film on the wet coating without affecting deeper layers of coating. These can then be cured using conventional UV technologies. Since excimer lamps are cold light sources, heat-sensitive materials such as plastics and thin films can also be treated.
The most economical UV system of its kind
With the BLK LAMPcure, IST Metz will be showing the best-selling UV system of up to 2.30 m in an industrial environment. It has been developed for the highest industrial requirements and has been scoring points for many years for its reliability and performance. The water-cooled BLK unit is currently in its seventh generation. It convinces with a significant increase in drying performance compared to air-cooled UV systems without increasing the lamp output. The BLK has always been capable of outputs of more than 200 W/cm and, thanks to its slim design, can be integrated into existing machines in the direction of throughput.
High-performance LED technology for industrial applications
With the LEDcure, IST Metz has developed a water-cooled high-performance LED system that scores points with its extremely robust and compact design. The LEDcure is based on a modular principle, which guarantees the user variability and versatile use. The system is freely scalable in length and can be adapted to different machine formats and installation situations.
UV-curing adhesives and resins are used in particular in complex assembly and manufacturing solutions where controlled curing and immediate handling stability are essential. With the HANDcure, IST Metz will also be presenting a mobile and battery-powered LED handheld unit for spot and surface irradiation at PaintExpo. It has a spectral range from 365 nm to 415 nm and with its basic weight of 1.0 kg, makes fatigue-free work possible.