RIVER FALLS, WI – Air Motion Systems, the world leader in high-power LED UV curing solutions for the graphic arts industry, will showcase its revolutionary high-speed Flexo XP Series™ LED UV system for flexographic presses at the upcoming LabelExpo Americas 2016 (Rosemont, IL) in Hall C, Booth 3801. The company also plans to unveil its new Label XD Series system for flexo label presses, featuring a super-compact form factor, at this year’s event.
When compared with existing drying and traditional UV-curing methods most often used in flexographic label and packaging printing, AMS’s LED UV curing systems provide significant improvements in quality, speed, efficiency and environmental impact to press operations of all sizes.
“LED UV curing obviously has dramatic advantages over conventional drying methods when it comes to flexo printing,” noted AMS President Steve Metcalf, “from the ability to use more stable inks and achieve a higher print quality, to drastic reductions in heat on the press and in the web, to greatly reduced energy costs.”
Metcalf continued: “At this point, LED UV has bypassed traditional UV curing, too; it makes press rooms safer by eliminating mercury and ozone from the environment, bulbs don’t need to be replaced every 500 to 1,500 hours like with standard UV systems, and maintenance and downtime are significantly reduced.”
AMS Director of Business Development Joel O’Leary added to this comment, pointing out that the main reasons to install LED UV systems are economically straightforward.
“At LabelExpo, we’ll be focusing on the message ‘Go fast. Stay cool.’ The fact that flexo presses equipped with the AMS LED UV system can run significantly faster, while maintaining notably lower temperatures, is one of the main benefits to printers,” O’Leary explained.
“For example, printers who mainly run shrink film can potentially double their productivity just by switching to LED curing. And thanks to the elimination of heat to the press and in the substrate, printers can use thinner substrates than were possible before. We anticipate huge growth with the adoption of LED UV curing for shrink-film presses, as printers come to realize how impactful LED curing can be to their bottom lines.”
In addition to having its Flexo XP™ and Label XD™ LED UV modules on display, AMS will provide samples of LED UV-cured films and labels, printed by Seattle-based packaging experts RevereFlexpak (a division of The RevereGroup), at its booth (3801). Additionally, printers will have a chance to see the AMS LED UV system in action at Bobst’s exhibit (booths 5721/5722/5726/5728), where it will be installed on a Bobst M6 10-color 530mm press.
ABOUT AIR MOTION SYSTEMS:
AMS LED solutions are #1 worldwide in the graphic arts industry, based on installations of high power (12W and greater) LED UV systems spanning offset, flexo and digital applications at 250mm and greater curing widths. AMS world headquarters are located in River Falls, Wisconsin, just outside of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, in the USA.