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UV LED Technology is arriving as the new approach for the curing of UV inks, coatings and adhesives. UV Process Supply has recently introduced the UV LED Cure-All. This lamp is powered by a UV LED array that is instant on/instant off, emits no heat and has a lamp life of over 50,000
hours. 1. The design and engineering of UV LED curing systems a. The structural makeup of a UV LED i. Makeup of UV LED's 1. AlN (Aluminum Nitride) 2. GaN (Gallium Nitride) 3. InGaN 4. AlGaN 5. AlInGaN 6. AlInGaN/InGaN 7. Organic LED ii. LED array options 1.
Wafer size a. 50mm b. 100mm 2. Flip chip vs. Mounted chip 3. Geometry iii. Electrical specifications iv. Light transmittance/ spectral output graphs 1. Wavelength variance a. Upper range: 415nm, 400nm, 390nm b. Lower range: 385nm, 370nm, 365nm, 350nm 2. Intensity
variance b. How to assemble arrays for large scale curing systems i. Electrical requirements ii. Back-end heat dissipation techniques iii. Light uniformity management c. Wavelength Optimization i. Mixture of chip/spectral output architecture ii. Curing responsiveness to
mixed output iii. Curing effectiveness of intensity vs. wavelength 2. UV LED technology vs. conventional UV curing a. UV LED benefits i. Very low voltage requirements/electrical consumption ii. 100% efficient in wavelength output iii. No front-end heat generated, therefore
no cooling required iv. Instant on and off capability b. Applications that benefit c. Speed and effectiveness 3. Associated curing considerations a. Improve cure rate/effectiveness via materials i. Matching chemistry to lamp ii. Designing lamp geometry for curing iii.
Secondary cure lamps b. Improve cure rate/effectiveness via techniques i. Inert gas inclusion ii. Pulsed light iii. Modified intensity 4. Industrial applications that this technology has been (and can be) applied to 5. What the future holds for this technology This technology,
while in its infancy, shows great promise to revolutionize the methods and effectiveness of UV curing. The very nature and size of the UV LED allows for increased flexibility, scalability and market reach. The limits of current UV curing can and will be expanded by these and other innovations.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2003
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