Lightweight, micro UV curing breaks new ground for ITL at FESPA 2008

Lightweight_micro_UV_curing_breaks_new_ground_for_ITL_at_FESPA_2008_34The potential of the compact size and low weight of a new generation of UV inkjet curing systems to expand process applications has impressed visitors at April’s FESPA 2008.

New MZero is the latest development from Integration Technology Ltd (ITL), a pioneering designer and developer of ultra-violet (UV) curing solutions for inkjet printing and emerging technologies.

‘Baby’ MZero is particularly suited to variable information printing, small/medium size printer/plotters and production line marking and encoding.   Features attracting potential customers include the high intensity reflector system, the quick change attachment and rapid warm-up and cool-down.

The new range has been a long time coming at the Oxfordshire, UK based innovator.

The relatively protracted gestation of MZero from original concept in 2002 to prototype in 2006 and subsequent full production reflects the complexity and precision demanded in the miniaturisation of UV technology, where manufacturing tolerances are ultra-critical, explained ITL managing director, Adrian Lockwood, adding that it nonetheless had proved worth the wait.

FESPA visitors were taken with MZero’s compact size and low weight, said Adrian.

The industry appreciates that the miniaturisation of the technology equates with a contrasting expansion of application potential, and that’s an exciting prospect for all.

The ITL range

MZero represents the smallest and lightest UV systems available, offering a highly versatile and cost effective solution for small format printers, coding and marking and small scale industrial applications. The range is suitable also for marking and encoding (bar codes, date codes, product I.D. etc.), small area printing (e.g. wine bottle caps) and the manufacture of contact lenses and other optical products.

VZero was ITL’s launch product in 2000 and remains one of the most effective, high output, high quality UV emitters for its size on the market today. The VZero is configured for a variety of inkjet and industrial applications including large and grand format inkjet printers.

Sub Zero range is currently the leading selling UV inkjet system and is suitable for OEMs developing medium format printers and marking and encoding applications using 20mm inkjet heads. With a reduced footprint and ultra-light weight, it offers the most effective, lightweight, high output, miniature UV emitter on the market.

PZero was originally conceived for applications where partial (low power) curing might be required mid-process. New market applications such as digital web printing demonstrate growing potential for the solution.

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