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ITL broadens UV LED curing offer for wide-format graphics

UV curing solutions specialist Integration Technology Ltd (ITL) has followed up the expansion of its SubZero arc product with complementary developments to the range’s LED counterpart.

SubZero LED

A dedicated curing system for wide format inkjet printers, the newly-expanded SubZero LED range offers ground-breaking performance for air-cooled LED technology combined with the architectural pedigree, features and benefits of ITL’s SubZero UV lamp range.

New 240mm and 270mm cure length models have been added to the range which now offers eight sizes ranging from 60mm up to 270mm, all achieving exceptionally high dose output at an intensity of 8W/cm².

Available as a plug and play system or lamp-heads only, the range benefits also from ease of serviceability with 30mm modules replaceable in the field and routine maintenance parts restricted to air filters.

“It’s a highly viable, cost-effective and fully integrated package for any future development programme, and is the ideal solution for current UV arc technology users seeking the extra benefits of UV LED as well as being an easy retro fit for all existing platforms using SubZero arc products.” says ITL sales director David Johnson.

Models:

SubZero LED 060 Cure length 60mm        Emitting window 65mm x 14mm     L142mm x W 67mm x H 131mm

SubZero LED 090 Cure length 90mm        Emitting window 95mm x14mm      L170mm x W 67mm x H 131mm

SubZero LED 120 Cure length 120mm     Emitting window 125mm x 14mm   L 216mm x W 105mm x H 132mm

SubZero LED 150 Cure length 150mm     Emitting window 155mm x 14mm   L 276mm x W 105mm x H 132mm

SubZero LED 180 Cure length 180mm     Emitting window 185mm x 14mm   L 276mm x W 105mm x H 132mm

SubZero LED 210 Cure length 210mm     Emitting window 215mm x 14mm   L 336mm x W 105mm x H 132mm

SubZero LED 240 Cure length 240mm     Emitting window 245mm x 14mm   L 336mm x W 105mm x H 132mm

SubZero LED 270 Cure length 270mm     Emitting window 275mm x 14mm   L 396mm x W 105mm x H 132mm 

Standard Features:

  • 8W/cm² @ 395nm*
  • Variable power: 0 – 10 (low – high) 0 – 100%
  • Proven air flows that do not disrupt ink jetting
  • High flex cable 8m as standard, up to 12m options
  • Fully field serviceable for extended operating life
  • Similar mountings to SubZero arc products
  • Models to suit all wide-format graphics printers
  • Equivalent output performance to SubZero arc products, e.g. scanning platforms operating at speeds in excess of 1m/sec in a 2 pass mode
  • Comprehensive warranty backed by global support direct from Integration Technology and strategic partner IST Metz

November 2014

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Death of UV pioneer Gerhard Metz

Nürtingen, 14th November 2014: Gerhard Metz, founder of the IST METZ group, died in Waren an der Müritz last Tuesday following a short illness.

He knew almost every one of his 500 or so employees by name – the personal touch was always important to him. He and his wife Renate built up IST METZ, based in Nürtingen-Zizishausen, into a manufacturer of UV systems with international success.

In his birthplace of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, he initially completed an apprenticeship as a fitter and then from 1953 onwards obtained three engineering qualifications at once and was one of the first engineers in the GDR to work on jet engines for planes. When the GDR scrapped its own aeroplane construction programme in early 1961, a move to the West was more than just a career issue for Gerhard Metz and his wife. Their escape to West Berlin shortly before the wall went up finally led the young family to Nürtingen, where Gerhard Metz once again found work as an engine test bench engineer.

His next stop was the appointment in 1966 to Hildebrand, a company based in Oberboihingen, where he initially worked as an assistant to the board and then as design manager and deputy Managing Director. It was here that Gerhard Metz developed the first systems for drying surface coatings using ultraviolet light. These systems were so successful that an independent company was founded with STG, initially under the management of Hildebrand and its partner Werner & Pfleiderer; Gerhard Metz finally took over completely when Hildebrand went into liquidation in 1982.

The UV drying systems business continued to grow steadily, with turnover and number of staff also rising in tandem. Gerhard Metz has to be considered a tireless pioneer of the UV sector, someone with key involvement in ensuring the successful establishment of this technology. The group now comprises 16 companies, including subsidiaries all over the world.

In 2000, Gerhard Metz was awarded the “Wirtschaftsmedaille”, a medal in recognition of his services to commerce in the Baden-Württemberg region. In 2001, he received further acknowledgement of his life’s work when he was appointed honorary president of the surface treatment technology section of the Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (German Engineering Association, VDMA).

After retiring from business operations, the Metzes originally moved to Lake Tegernsee in Upper Bavaria, but later returned to their home in Waren an der Müritz. Gerhard Metz continued to maintain links with Nürtingen, regularly visiting IST METZ GmbH to keep up with events in the company and to meet his friends

November 2014

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UV curing specialist ITL expands further in China

 The world’s leading supplier of UV sources for digital ink jet applications, Integration Technology Ltd (ITL) has relocated its China operations to larger premises to meet growing domestic demand for the company’s LED and traditional arc lamp curing solutions.

The relocation marks a further step in resource-sharing with its strategic marketing partner IST-Metz for UK-based ITL which makes a wide range of compact and light weight UV arc products in addition to cutting edge, solid state UV LED systems and bespoke design partnerships for inkjet developers.

Its new facility in Dapu Road, Shanghai, also brings ITL twice the occupant space of its previous location.

Separate accommodation is provided for administration, including product demonstration and testing and customer training, in addition to assembly of ITL’s SubZero lightweight, high output, miniature UV curing lamps. Added provision is also made for warehousing spare parts.

Sam “Minglei” Yang

Says ITL China Business Development Manager, Sam Yang Minglei:

“A decade spent working on developing our presence in China is paying dividends and we have again needed to expand our corporate footprint here to meet demand for a broader range of products and enhanced customer support facilities.

“Sharing facilities and resources with our marketing partner IST adds to our individual and collective strength in China where we forecast continued growth in market share for our business.”

October 2014

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