GEW has announced the launch of a major new product for both the company and the narrow web printing market. GEW’s AeroLED is a fully air-cooled, high-power UV LED for full cure, printing, coating and converting applications less than 600mm wide. The unique air-cooling concept uses a single, remote fan to cool the LED lamp with clean, filtered air eliminating the need for delicate electronics and high pitched, noisy fans inside each unit. No water cooling also reduces cost and complexity while increasing reliability.
The efficient optical design enables the lowest energy usage of all GEW’s products. This typically delivers energy savings of 50-70% and investment returns on new machinery of less than one year. Moreover, AeroLED utilises the same core components as GEW’s long-proven LeoLED (>2000 units installed), so reliability from day one is guaranteed.
A further advantage of LED in the curing process is its predictability and stability of UV output. AeroLED delivers a step change in process control by ensuring stable UV output year after year, and eliminates the uncertainty of conventional UV lamps, reflectors and mechanisms to ensure consistent production quality.
In addition to the sustainability benefits of AeroLED, GEW highlight the ease of installation to those considering a retrofit upgrade to GEW’s new air-cooled LED. Robert Rae, Managing Director of Sales at GEW, explains: “As AeroLED has GEW’s familiar E2C cassette design, upgrading an E2C system with RHINO/RLT power only requires switching to the AeroLED lampheads and the addition of a fan filter unit. All other components on press remain the same. This means that a retrofit upgrade can be implemented in as little as one day, and makes AeroLED the most cost-effective route to LED printing available, worldwide.
“Those new to GEW products will find the cost of a complete new AeroLED upgrade to be highly competitive, and something that pays for itself typically within two years through energy savings, not to mention the increased productivity that LED systems bring to press.”
Summarising his view on the current market, Rae notes: “At GEW we are seeing a record number of orders across all system types and LED business significantly increasing from both OEMs and end customers alike. In the next two years, LED could reach 50% of GEW’s output and we are gearing up for this, with a recent major investment in further new UK production facilities.
“With AeroLED’s unique design concept and highly competitive cost, the case for printers to upgrade to LED is stronger than ever before. The opportunities are huge and we are convinced LED will soon become the dominant technology in our narrow web market.”
Aldus Graphics is the Australian agent for GEW. For more information go to https://www.aldusgraphics.com.au/product-category/graphics/uv-led-curing
AeroLED offers predictability and stability of UV output