GEW has developed what it says is the first futureproof hybrid UV curing system, addressing the needs of label, coating, and digital printers.

The company, which is represented by Aldus engineering in Australia, says ArcLED enables an investment in arc technology now to be upgraded later with LEDs, using the same lamphead casing and the same power supply and control.

GEW says operators only need to add the required LED cassettes and the Rhino ArcLED power supply will automatically recognise which type of cassette is installed in the machine and adjust the Rhino control accordingly.

GEW ArcLED-RZDIt says ArcLED is an industry first, switching seamlessly on the same press with the same Rhino power supply from DC power for the LEDs to high voltage AC for the arc lamps.

It is energy efficient with considerable energy savings compared to conventional electronic power supplies, the company says.

“An investment now in GEW’s ArcLED UV curing protects that investment into the future by ensuring an LED upgrade can be simply and cost-effectively implemented. It also gives the possibility to run a fully flexible hybrid curing system,” GEW says.

It says this combination of quick-swap lampheads, reactive detection of the required power and automatic switching will optimise processes, maximise ink compatibility and increase machine productivity.

The UV manufacturer says it is also the sole manufacturer of the advanced characteristic which gives the user the ability of fast and easy switching, a special feature of the ArcLED UV system.

The ArcLED UV curing system is the ‘only futureproof technology for upgradeability and seamless swapping of arc lamp and LED UV systems’, the company claims.

“Printing presses that today are installed with ArcLED technology can at a later stage in an uncomplicated way be upgraded from arc lamps to LED to fully exploit the advantages of both technologies without modifying the power supply,” a GEW spokesperson says.

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