Three live applications of different and ground-breaking UV curing systems for wide format digital inkjet printing technologies are a feature of award-winning UK innovator Integration Technology Ltd (ITL)’s stand (F100, Hall 1) at FESPA 2009 in Amsterdam, 12th – 14th May.The principal feature of the stand will be ITL’s new SolidcureTM range.
SolidcureTM represents the very latest generation of semiconductor light matrix technology using UV emitting LED’s.
Specifically designed for inkjet curing applications, the class leading compact footprint and ultra light weight of SolidcureTM is combined with high intensity output to allow for the creation of miniature UV inkjet systems.
Intense commitment to R&D has positioned the ITL brand globally as a byword in innovation and quality.
Founded in 2000, the company designs and assembles a range of highly compact, ultra lightweight, modular ultra-violet (UV) curing solutions for a variety of inkjet and industrial applications at its headquarters near Oxford, UK.
The company, which last month won the 2009 Queens’s Award for International Trade, serves the industry’s foremost printer manufacturers including the major OEMs, integrators and system developers.
ITL is providing FESPA 2009 visitors with a comprehensive update on developments to its range.
On show will be a wide range of lamp heads, power supply solutions, cassettes, bulbs and cables in addition to working solution-specific applications of the company’s designs.
A Comor digital printer fitted with ITL’s SubZero 085 System will be printing on plastic rulers. A digital web printer running new SolidcureTM will be demonstrating LED curing capabilities on temperature-sensitive plastics.
A conveyor fitted with HP heads and Imtech UV technology will be printing bar codes and variable data using differing UV sources in ITL’s VZero, SubZero, MZero and SolidcureTM solutions.
VZero was ITL’s launch product and it 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.
The 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.
ITL has increased the scope of the SubZero with the introduction of the SubZero Pinning range, in both shuttered and non-shuttered versions. The low power output of the lamphead is designed to partially “pin” the ink between inkjet heads before a full UV cure is applied after the end of the printing process. In order to reduce splash back UV onto the print heads the SubZero Pinning range can also be supplied complete with the proven SubZero integral high-speed electronic shutter.
The MZero represents the smallest and lightest UV systems available today, 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.
Also in the range, 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.
ITL’s UK operation is complemented by its regional offices in the USA (its largest market with a 65% share of global sales), China and Korea whilst access to the Japanese market is provided through a distribution relationship with a major local supplier.
Senior representatives from ITL’s global operations will be attending this year’s FESPA including:
David Johnson, Director Global Accounts; Adrian Lockwood, CEO; Jason Smith, CTO; Geoff Knibb, Operations Director; Simon Gibbs, European Business Development Manager; Jennifer Heathcote, General Manager – North America; and Lewis Jun, Korean Business Development Manager.
Also on the ITL stand will be Kenji Takamura from Neopt Corporation (Japan) and Bob Deets of Comor Digital.