IST METZ is offering a completely newly developed portfolio of LED products for a huge variety of applications. Following its world premiere release at the recent IST UV Days event held at IST headquarters in Nürtingen Germany, the flagship for the new product range is the water-cooled high-performance LED system known as LEDcure. This variable system guarantees optimum coordination to suit the differing requirements of sheet-fed offset presses. Newly-developed, interchangeable optics ensure optimum light yield on the substrate. The systems are available in different wavelengths or in a mixture of wavelengths, the standard being 385 nm. Water-cooled LED chips guarantee a high level of efficiency and system durability.
IST has long been globally recognized for providing the highest performance, reliable and longest lasting UV platform in the traditional UV curing arena, which we call LAMPcure. We are now providing those same attributes on the LED side, something the industry has been anxious to experience.
Compact. Modular. High performance. A smart modular basic concept in combination with an extremely robust and compact design provide the user with maximum flexibility and versatility. The length of the system can be freely scaled and also adapted to suit all machine formats and installation situations. This allows an IST LEDcure unit to be used in a variety of positions on a press.
The new LEDcure is the final element in the completely reengineered range of LED solutions supplied by IST in collaboration with its subsidiary, Integration Technology Ltd. (ITL). Synergies between the two companies are having an increasing impact here - like the XT8 Booster, for example. XT8 booster technology means that the LEDcure also has up to 30 % more output than currently available LED systems. Other highlights of new LEDcure technology includes straightforward exchange of the optic and the possibility of upgrading the LED chips further down the track.
IST’s LEDcure delivers a very high output at the usual distance of 80 to 100 mm from the substrate, required in sheet-fed offset printing. The issue here is not just maximum radiation intensity, the so-called peak, but the fact that the broad irradiated area of the LEDcure provides extra drying time as well, also referred to as the dose. This is known to be an equally important factor in the efficient curing of LED inks and varnishes.
As a leading supplier of systems, IST METZ has always felt an obligation to support its customers in an advisory capacity, which is why it gives them the option of using customer-specific data to proof-print on the in-house printing press in 3B format with seven print units and a coating unit. In general terms, both UV beginners and experts can expect long-term support with any issue relating to LED and UV technology in the UV/LED Transfer Center also including a flexo web press and highly sophisticated lab facilities at the head office in Nürtingen, Southern Germany. The key role of the Transfer Center is to provide application engineering consulting services in all matters and to support customers in finding the right UV lamp or UV LED system to suit their needs. No other UV supplier has this level of in house application and testing facilities.
IST America is the North American arm of IST METZ providing sales, service, parts and application support for the US, Canada and Mexico. Exhibiting at Print 17 booth 652 they will be providing the latest most comprehensive and accurate information covering any of your UV curing wants or needs.