AMS Introducing a High-Speed LED UV System for Sheetfed Offset PressesMarch 7, 2012
Prior to releasing the Titanium platform and the AMS LED UV drying system for general availability, two years of extensive reliability testing took place with early production adopters and testing partners in order to prepare the system for the rigorous, non-stop demands of full market availability. As solid-state technology, an extremely long operating life is possible from LED UV curing modules, and the sub-systems needed for ensuring reliable thermal management to the LED chips were carefully engineered to make this a reality.
The AMS LED UV system was ruggedly designed to even fit seamlessly alongside conventional UV units if required, and they carry the highest level of quality, durability and trouble-free operation available.
All typical sheetfed UV production scenarios have been established with AMS LED UV. From four/four perfecting without marking, heat or cylinder jackets, to multicolor interdeck wet or dry-trapping, to inline coating from flood gloss to strike-through effects, and from coated stocks to uncoated papers to synthetics, the AMS Titanium LED UV system is delivering results that surpass even the highest quality multi-lamp conventional UV printing systems available today.
High Market Availability
Up until recently, high-quality LED UV inks, coatings and varnishes were not readily available in the global print marketplace. This has now changed thanks to significant undertakings on the part of ink and coating manufacturers, whose efforts were recently boosted by the demand for high wavelength, low energy UV formulations that share the same characteristics as LED UV formulas. Any ink or coating engineered for the aforementioned processes is essentially compatible with the Titanium platform.
In a further step, AMS and other industry leaders are forming an independent International LED UV Association to serve as an information-clearing house for new LED UV technology and high wavelength compatible inks, coatings and curing options, and to provide resources and recognition for printers adopting eco-friendly LED technology over mercury alternatives. A new website and online registry of technology providers will be made available to facilitate the association and transition to LED UV.
AMS LED UV was engineered to meet an affordable market price point comparable to that of conventional high-quality UV drying systems and similar to those of high wavelength, low energy UV press options being heavily marketed. However unlike other UV market offerings, the Titanium LED UV components are based on 100-percent environmentally safe UV LED semiconductors as opposed to mercury-arc bulbs, which are coming under growing scrutiny and regulation due to their limitations and challenges.
To further meet affordability goals, AMS and its partners are launching a trade-in program to accelerate the process of replacing existing UV systems.
“The time to make a decision on LED UV technology has arrived much sooner than most people expected” added Steve Metcalf, president and CEO of AMS. “The AMS Titanium platform essentially renders existing UV solutions outdated in many ways. Our customers and partners have proven that LED UV technology is now ready for mainstream adoption, and the production benefits, such as instant start, instant drying, no heat, rapid install, human safety and energy savings are simply too great to ignore any longer. AMS LED technology generates real savings, accelerates the on-demand nature of today’s print, and amplifies the quality of printing across the board.”
Available on All Presses
The Titanium platform and the AMS LED UV system can be specified on presses ranging from the smallest commercial printing machines to the fastest, largest format, multi-color machines used in specialty and packaging production. Through its extensive trial phase, AMS brought the LED UV technology into operation on a number of machines from leading sheetfed and web press manufacturers around the world.
In addition to providing seamless, direct installations on existing presses through a growing network of partners, Titanium can be factory integrated through select press makers. AMS maintains multiple relationships with leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to ensure its technology can be completely and safely integrated into machines at the highest level of compliance and feature compatibility.
About Air Motion Systems
Air Motion Systems | AMS UV is a global leader in both conventional high-efficiency and UV LED curing technologies for the graphic arts and other industries, and has a growing presence around the world. The company’s patented P3 UV system is now the leading system for high quality offset UV printing in North America, and its next generation LED-UV product family (www.leduv.com) and the Titanium curing platform are breaking new ground in the adoption of environmentally safe, energy-efficient, semiconductor-based UV LED light curing for the graphic arts and related markets. AMS technology will be on display at drupa 2012 in Hall 15, Booth 15-A / 21-5.