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AMS Introducing a High-Speed LED UV System for Sheetfed Offset Presses

March 7, 2012
RIVER FALLS, WI—March 7, 2012—Air Motion Systems | AMS UV, a leading U.S. manufacturer of high-performance UV systems for the graphic arts industry, announces the general availability of a high-speed LED UV drying system for sheetfed offset printing that installs quickly on presses from half size to large format and from all leading manufacturers. The new platform, known as Titanium LED, is the first and only LED UV solution for sheetfed printers to achieve safe, instant-start UV drying with less energy at both interdeck and delivery locations.

The new LED UV platform will be first showcased at Print UV 2012 (March 11-13 in Las Vegas), where AMS customers and partners will be on hand to answer questions, and at drupa 2012, from May 3-16 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The system works without heat, mercury or ozone, providing a long operating life and featuring no moving parts. It operates at full press speeds on four/four process to straight multicolor work with inline coating effects on materials ranging from paper and board to foil and plastic.

LED UV Technology

AMS Titanium LED was achieved through several groundbreaking innovations in LED UV curing performance on sheetfed-offset presses arrived at via AMS’ patent-pending PEAK LED-UV product family. Titanium features two, all-new high-power LED UV module series—the XP3, designed for general commercial printing, and the XP5, intended for folding carton packaging, coating, plastics, point-of-sale and extremely high-speed printing.

Central to the innovations are breakthrough intensity levels at greater working distances available from a newer generation of high brightness UV LED chips equipped with AMS' proprietary Mirror Optics (MIROLED). The combination delivers LED ultraviolet intensities that surpass those of mercury-based UV lamps, and at working distances that accommodate any press drying location, from interdeck to delivery, at up to just one quarter of the electrical energy required of conventional UV systems.

With AMS Titanium, printers can replace conventional sheetfed interstation or end-of-press UV lamp modules outright with LED UV units through an innovative adapter, and can also introduce, and even interchange one or more low energy, ozone-free standard UV lamp modules in specific locations on a press if required to preserve compatibility with the entire range of existing UV ink and coating chemistries available on the market. 

“For the first time in sheetfed offset, we are providing printers an opportunity to completely specify high-performance LED UV drying units on a press, or to replace their existing UV interdeck and delivery cassettes outright LED units without concerns about cost, performance or availability of inks and coatings” said Hans Ulland, executive vice president of AMS. “Our extensive work on this technique with early adopters, ink partners and press makers has been nothing short of remarkable, and it will change the landscape of UV printing for many years to come.”

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