Hillsboro, Ore. (PRWEB) November 14, 2007
Tikkurila Coatings, in cooperation with Phoseon Technology, has developed a new UV-curing coating method UVITEC® 2D for two-dimensional objects such as parquet boards, doors and other furniture components made of wood or wood-based materials. The new method is also suitable for plastic materials such as PVC flooring and plastic panels. With the new method, it is possible to replace traditional UV-curing devices in UV painting/coating lines.
The method includes UV-curing coatings LUMINOL and UVINOL, and a Semiconductor Light Matrix (SLM) UV-LED light source from Phoseon Technology.
The main benefits of the new method are:
- Very long lifetime for the UV LED light source (>10,000 hours typical)
- Very low energy consumption (5-6kW/light source)
- UV light source can be turned on/off even for seconds
- Excellent deep curing of coating, also for pigmented products
- Curing under inert atmosphere significantly improves surface resistance
- Innovative low-flow inerting system requiring only compressed air input
- Suitable for all wood materials and heat-sensitive plastic materials.
- Water-cooled UV light sources - no ventilation needed
- Minor UV power reduction during UV lamp life
- No ozone formation during UV curing.
The investment need for the new device is estimated to be slightly higher than the traditional UV - curing devices on the market. Though the longer lifetime of UV light source, the reduced consumption of energy etc. will result in a pay back time similar to the traditional UV - curing devices on the market.
The new UVITEC 2D device will be supplied by Tikkurila Coatings in cooperation with partners, and the lacquers and paints will be supplied by Tikkurila Coatings.
The method will be launched on 13th of November, 2007 at the RadTech Europe Conference & Exhibition in Vienna, Austria. The first customer trials for the system are scheduled for early 2008.