Energy curing technology for coatings and other applications continues to grow so quickly that it has spawned another specialized association.
Three technology companies from North America and the UK have teamed up to form the UV LED Curing Association, designed to address what they say is a growing need for researchers, suppliers, integrators and end users to develop and promote use of the technology.
|Proponents say UV LED curing technology can reduce operating costs, increase productivity and is environmentally friendly.|
Developed over the last decade, UV LED Curing is a technology designed to improve the speed, performance and capabilities of a wide variety of curing applications in coatings, adhesives and other areas.
Anticipating Rapid Growth
The association’s founding companies include Oregon-based Phoseon Technology, a global provider of UV LED technology for curing of coatings, adhesives and inks in industrial applications.
“Along with our fellow founders, Phoseon anticipates rapid growth and acceptance of UV LED curing technologies across a wide range of system manufacturers,” said company president and CEO Bill Cortelyou. “The Association will bring together industry players to set guidelines and ensure compatibility across the industry.”
Other founders are UK-based Integration Technology Limited and Lumen Dynamics Group of Ontario.
“UV LED curing technology has been steadily evolving in the market for almost a decade,” said Adrian Lockwood, Managing Director of Integration Technology. “Its application successes continue to generate increased interest.”
“However, industry inconsistencies in language and measurement practices, as well as a general misunderstanding of the technology, continue to breed confusion and delay implementation.”
The association’s founders hope their collaboration “will promote the successful and more rapid adoption of UV LED technology across many different markets,” Lockwood said.
Allan Firhoj, President and CEO of Lumen Dynamics, said the technology had “realized significant breakthroughs” in the last 15 years and had “witnessed a dramatic rise” in both interest and adoption in the last five years.
He said the association would “be instrumental in helping the market gain knowledge and insight about UV LED technology and its numerous commercial benefits.”
Goals: Guidelines, Information
The group aims to increase the knowledge base and promote the use of UV LED Curing solutions across a broad spectrum of applications, including coatings, adhesives, repairs and monitoring.
Its first goals include:
• Demonstrating to system developers how to effectively integrate UV LED technology into applications;
• Defining and establishing guidelines for UV LED curing applications—a goal that the group said would become increasingly important as the adoption rate of the technology continues to rise; and
• Serving as a forum for communication within the industry.
In the first 12 months, the association hopes to reach agreement on industry guidelines for the measurement of UV LED light sources; develop a common glossary; and develop common means of educating the industry about UV LED curing.
The association will focus on a specific subset of the fast-growing energy curing industry, setting it apart from RadTech, IMI and other groups that represent related, but different, areas. But the new association says it will work directly with the others to promote its goals.
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