Since 2002 Phoseon Technology has been providing the global industry with custom and patented LED solutions for UV curing and life sciences needs. Phoseon owns over 250 patents and their products go through extensive testing to ensure zero defects and maximum reliability. To find out more about their LED solutions we sat down with Marine Faucher, Marketing Communications Manager at Phoseon Technology:
Q: Marine, could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Phoseon Technology?
A: In 2002, Phoseon Technology pioneered the use of LED technology for UV curing applications. As the world leader in UV LED curing, Phoseon provides patented LED technology to deliver rugged, high-performance products for application specific solutions. The company is focused 100% on LED technology and provides worldwide sales and support capabilities.
Phoseon’s UV LED curing products are currently being utilized in the printing, coating and adhesive industries. They offer enhanced system capabilities due to being a solid-state device. They lower operating costs and offer environmental benefits with safer workplace environment and no hazardous materials. Application areas in UV LED curing include: label printing, wood and vinyl coating, electronics, automotive, and many others.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your LED technology?
A: Phoseon’s patented Semiconductor Light Matrix™ (SLM)™ technology encapsulates LEDs, arrays, optics and thermal management to ensure curing performance. Each of these four components is a strictly engineered system that provides maximum UV energy and superior performance while also increasing long-term robustness for demanding applications.
Phoseon Technology pioneered the use of LEDs for curing in both commercial and industrial applications, offering equipment manufacturers superior technology, products and solutions. Phoseon products use 365nm, 385nm, 395nm, and 405nm wavelengths and offer product families with both air-cooled and water-cooled UV curing systems.
FireJet™ for example are high capability air-cooled UV LED curing lamps aimed primarily at UV Inkjet wide format systems and is capable of curing at the highest speeds for small, medium and grand format digital printing systems. It’s also ideal for many large single pass UV inkjet and wood coating applications.
All Phoseon’s products are available in custom configurations for unique applications.
Q: You’ve recently announced Phoseon Technology Exhibits LED Curing Solutions at Label Forum Japan 2017; could you tell us something more?
A: At Label Forum Japan, Phoseon will demonstrate why LED technology is a perfect fit for printing applications due to the compact size, ease of integration, and high intensity output achieved through optimized LED thermal management. Users of Phoseon LED curing systems can process a variety of materials, including thin and heat-sensitive substrates, at maximum production speeds with low-input power.
UV curing technology is utilized for drying coatings and other UV sensitive materials through polymerization. UV LED improves on that existing process by enabling thinner, heat-sensitive substrates while reducing harmful byproducts such as ozone, and improving workplace safety. Additionally, UV LEDs can be turned on and off instantly, and utilize input power efficiently to enable lower operation costs over the application lifetime. Phoseon Technology will be demonstrating and explaining all these benefits during the show on July 6th and 7th.
Q: What makes Phoseon Technology a good choice?
A: UV LED curing technology has arrived. It is no longer an emerging technology, but an enabling technology− one that is bringing a host of advanced capabilities to screen printing, flexographic, and digital printing. These advances and new capabilities are helping industrial, graphics, and specialty printing operations be more productive, versatile, and energy efficient.
Today, Phoseon’s UV LED lamps are dramatically improving the print quality, throughput speeds, and capabilities of devices used to print everything from bottles, labels, and backlit signs to Braille lettering.
Owners of printing equipment that use state-of-the-art Phoseon UV LED curing lamps are reaping measureable and marketable benefits including:
• the ability to print on many thin or heat-sensitive substrates
• substantial energy savings compared to arc-lamp curing
• improved print quality, particularly with multi-color imaging and fine text
• higher levels of workplace safety
• increased productivity with longer-lasting, lower-maintenance ink-curing systems
Developers of printing equipment are choosing Phoseon UV LED curing technology because its advantages are undeniable. For example, the curing heads are small enough to be used in smaller, more compact machines. Without generating a lot of heat or consuming high levels of electrical power, UV LED curing units can produce deep, thorough curing on a huge range of substrates. UV LED lamps can provide controlled curing intensity on thin plastics, foils, and films that would soften, warp, or discolor under the heat produced by UV arc lamps.
Q: What are your plans for next six months?
A: Phoseon’s R&D team has extensive knowledge in the development of LED systems and the capability to design and build leading edge products to meet the industry’s technical demands and continuously works on the improvement and optimization of LED solutions. With over 250 patents and trademarks, Phoseon has earned a worldwide reputation for innovation, quality and reliability.
Phoseon products are constructed with LED curing technology that uses Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) which are semiconductor devices that emit light with a specific peak wavelength. These UV LED curing systems are developed to specific application and machine specifications. The UV LED curing lamps are available in both water and air-cooled formats and Phoseon incessantly develops new features to meet customer needs.
Performance and power of UV-LED lamps have increased dramatically since UV-LED lamps were introduced in the market- that trend will continue. Much of this increase is due to continually more efficient LEDs. As LED efficiency increases, air-cooled lamps become more favorable vs. water-cooled due to overall cost savings of air-cooled solutions. Advanced air-cooled technologies, such as Phoseon’s WhisperCool™ technology, enable LEDs to perform more efficiently and provide more power while keeping noise to a minimum.