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Jochen Christiaens Promoting Growth of UV LED Curing Community in Europe

The UV LED community is increasing its number of members in Europe

In just a few years, the UV LED Community has reached over 100 members. This shows the growing interest and the acceptance of UV LED technology in a wide range of applications. Now uvledcommunity.org is getting some additional support in Europe to increase its reach and to promote the adoption of UV LED technology.

Members who join the Community are key players in advocating for of UV LED in various fields. Members include suppliers of materials, resins, photo-initiators, adhesives, inks, coatings, equipment, measurement and end-systems. These companies have the common goal of accelerating the adoption of the LED curing technology through education and knowledge sharing.

Following the rapid growth of UV LED solutions in Europe, the UV LED Community will now be supported locally by Jochen Christiaens, European site editor. Jochen will be assisting local suppliers and manufacturers to promote the community site and grow the number of new members (membership is free to qualified suppliers and end users of LED technology).

The Community website is an educational forum that enables participants to share their knowledge of UV LED curing technologies, applications and chemistry, as well as to exchange news and information.

The Community has two primary goals:

  • To provide a forum for UV LED curing conversations.
  • To foster communication between suppliers and consumers of UV LED solutions.

“As an advocate of UV LED curing technology for years, I have been involved in the development of various inkjet printing projects for over 15 years. It is a great pleasure and honor to be part of educating the market and support the UV LED technology, and help growing the community web site,” said European site editor Jochen Christiaens.

To date, we have posted over 200 industry articles on LED curing, and we are looking forward to our members to contributing to the unique content of the UV LED Community by providing news, technical articles, and in joining the active discussions about UV LED applications.”

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Ink World: EU’s Return to Economic Growth May Boost Printers, Ink Manufacturers

The European Union is now returning to a period of steady but slow economic growth, after a series of short-lived recovering since the big financial downturn of 2008. The current revival is expected to last at least two years, although it may be hampered by unexpected events like the Ukraine crisis. It could be a timely boost for a fragile European printing sector and hard pressed suppliers like ink producers.

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World’s first UV LED Screen Printing Press

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Empire has teamed up with three technology partners to create the world’s first ultra violet LED screen printing machine.Empire Screen Printing says this new technology is revolutionizing the industry. Never before has there been a screen printer that has used UV LED lights to cure the screen printing ink, but now there is.

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Why UV LED Curing Printers are the Better Investment

Mercury vapour lamp technology has been around since 1880. Today, mercury lamps are inside most UV curable wide format inkjet printers. One of the major disadvantages of mercury lamp technology is the broad range of wavelengths they emit, including a lot of infrared — and therefore: heat.

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L&L: Low-Down on Low Migration

There’s more to low migration in food packaging than just the inks

Product recalls resulting from the imperceptible transfer of some toxic printing ink substance into dry or liquid foodstuffs are the stuff of nightmares for brand owners, and fortunately don’t happen very often. But perceived or otherwise, such risks have led many brand owners and packers to demand low migration (LM) inks and coatings for food packaging where some form of radiation curing is used.

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Labelexpo Reports Record-Setting Numbers

Labelexpo Europe 2013 has reported its largest ever edition with record-breaking attendance figures. The show, which took place 24-27 September, covered seven of Brussels Expo’s exhibition halls for the first time and attracted 31,795 visitors (up 11% on 2011) from 158 countries (up from 123 in 2011) and just under 600 exhibitors (up from 550 in 2011). Underlining the show’s importance to what is the fastest growing sector of the wider print industry, Labelexpo Europe occupied 31,000sqm; its largest show floor size in its 33 year history.

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UV curing for sheet-fed screen-printing – are we being ‘led’ astray?

Alan Shaw compares LED UV systems with the latest developments in conventional UV technology

Recent articles and comments proclaiming LED UV to be ready to supersede conventional mercury UV curing systems and be a fully developed working solution for screen-printing applications has prompted Natgraph to publish the following article that compares LED UV with standard UV and the latest electronic UV technology. This is intended to confirm if we are being ‘LED’ astray.

Natgraph is a major global manufacturer of conveyorised dryers for sheet-fed screenprinting applications, with in excess of 13,000 installations located in more than 100 countries since 1979. As a part of its complete in-house manufacturing process over 4,000 UV transformers have been produced in the company’s 3,700 square m (40,000 square ft) factory located in Nottingham UK, these being installed within the company’s range of UV dryers.

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