At drupa 2016, Air Motion Systems (AMS) will commercialise a blended wavelength series LED module called MultiWave LED-UV featuring the industry’s first uniform blend of Wide Spectrum UV and LED wavelengths at equivalent power levels, and with a performance range designed for compatibility with many existing UV photo initiator packages, including low-migration formulas. The development means that the ink prices for LED curing can now be similar to those of existing high quality UV inks.
“MultiWave LED-UV is a true industry first,” said Steve Metcalf, CEO of AMS. “With MultiWave, AMS offers a single, 100 per cent LED-based solution capable of curing a much broader range of UV and LED inks, varnishes and coatings at the highest performance levels, without reliance on mercury based arc lamps or proprietary, dual-purpose power supplies to assist. Further, MultiWave LED modules are engineered to be plug-compatible with all AMS LED UV systems in use, providing an easy upgrade path for our existing customers.”
At the exhibition in Germany, AMS will also introduce a new low-profile LED module, called the XD Series, for easy conversion of space-restricted machines to LED printing. The development of XD is a result of working closely with partners and customers who requested a smaller-profile design with easy setup for the numerous low-pile sheetfed offset litho presses in use around the world.
The XD solution will allow small format presses to more easily take advantage of the growing worldwide trend towards eco-friendly, ‘offset-on-demand’ LED printing, including instant drying and the ability to readily print on many papers and synthetic materials.
The company will further unveil an all-new, extendable, high-power Air-Cooled LED UV architecture designed for machines and applications where air-cooling can be realised into the space of the machine. The modules, known as the X-AIR Series, will offer a central connection to a blower manifold instead of relying on a series of on-board fans, which take up space and can lead to maintenance issues. The vastly improved cooling efficiency in a rugged, extruded housing also enables much wider, and seamlessly extendable format sizes for Air-Cooled LED applications than previously possible.
The X-AIR modules will come standard with AMS upgradeable and replaceable high power chip diodes, deliver outstanding working distance, and can be ordered in any format width for uniform output, eliminating the need to position multiple, small LED units end-to-end. With X-AIR, the power and control architecture is also greatly simplified, as each module requires a single dedicated driver to operate.
Based on its track record and focus on LED UV instead of hybrid systems, AMS is the first major LED UV provider to extend a 100 per cent Satisfaction Guarantee on the LED printing process across all standard applications.
AMS will showcase all of its products, as well as numerous examples of LED UV printed quality, substrate variations, special effects and customer successes at its stand in Hall 14, Booth 71 at drupa between May 31 and June 10 in Duesseldorf, Germany. Additionally, AMS LED UV will be running live and on display at partners ranging from KBA, Flexotechnica, BOBST, Uteco, OMET, INX Digital, Argos and Flint Group among others. The company will announce further LED UV activities and strategic partnerships at a drupa press conference on May 30.