UK-based GEW has launched “a major innovation for UV curing installations.” Its Multi-Point UV Monitor, or mUVm, is a set of one or up to five UV sensors that give continuous monitoring of UV output on a printing press. UV monitoring consists of calibrated sensors positioned along the length of the lamp to continuously measure the UV intensity in a UV curing system. This is vital to avoid the risks and consequences of under-cured product reaching the customer. Its monitors are highly reliable and cost-effective solutions for production monitoring of UV intensity at multiple positions across the web (to eliminate the possibility of an inadequate UV dose). A simple user interface displays the UV output of the lamps on a Rhino System Touchscreen and alarms can be set to warn when the output gets too low or too high. With up to five sensors per lamp monitoring once a second, “unprecedented control over the UV curing process can be achieved,” while potential waste is eliminated and thus efficiency is greatly improved. The technology enables users to easily see when UV lamps reach end of life. With mUVm, it’s now possible to attain 100% UV inspection for every batch when using the API user interface, while generating a ‘UV Curing Certificate’ for every batch by recording live UV outputs for every lamp.
Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.