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Beau Label installs Fujifilm’s Illumina LED-UV retrofit system

PKBR Staff Writer Published 22 March 2018

Beau Label has installed Fujifilm’s Illumina LED-UV retrofit system to increased productivity and cost savings.

Fujifilm said the UV energy emitted at Illumina’s 20% power setting is the similar as the 100% power setting of other LED-UVcuring systems. Patented LED technology delivers up to 44% more energy toward the substrate, resulting in rapid curing.

The Illumina LED-UV cure is an instant on/off process, which can significantly lower energy usage and stress on lamp bubs experienced in conventional ‘always-on’ UV mercury lamp curing system. The LED-UV also removes the costs generated by cooling air blowers, ozone extraction and heat makeup systems.

Illumina uses additional technology to achieve even more savings, resulting in financial savings per retrofitted press per year. The design is claimed to produce less heat than competitive LED technologies and heat-dissipation is also much more effective.

Beau Label also selected Fujifilm’s 300 Series inks when it converted existing UV presses to LED-UV. The LED system has been optimized to work with Fujifilm 300 Series flexo inks and the inks have also been designed to perform equally well under the LED-UV or conventional UV-arc curing.

Beau Label president Vincent ‘VJ’ Melapioni said: “We recently converted our nine-color conventional UV, and our eight-color water based ink press (now fullLED-UV) to Fujifilm’s Illumina LED-UV retrofit system.  Our install took only about a half day. It was a very pleasant experience. We were up and running again very quickly.”

Melapioni said: “We made the switch primarily due to the cost savings in electricity. Prior to our conversion, we were running 110 or 120 amps of 480 volt service to a press to run the UV’s, and with Illumina, we are now running 10 amps of 480 volt service. That’s a significant savings.”