COVID-19 Crisis Breaking News

Over the last several weeks, we at INPRO have been searching for how we can utilize our knowledge, competencies, contacts, and technologic resources to contribute to the larger humanitarian response to the current COVID-19 crisis. We have had several conversations – internal as well as with members of the medical, scientific, and manufacturing communities – in which we’ve been able to explore how we could contribute. We are proud to say that we have now officially partnered with the COVID-19 Healthcare Coalition (c19hcc.org), and have been asked to develop a proposal for providing equipment for in situ UV decontamination of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help mitigate the PPE shortage sub-crisis being experienced by healthcare professionals everywhere.

In these extreme circumstances, much of the testing and qualification normally needed for devices and processes like this is being circumvented in the short term. This places INPRO and its industry partners in a position to help now. Following commitment from the coalition, we will be turning our focus toward producing as many conveyor systems as we can to aid in the fight against the coronavirus. Due to the urgent nature of this activity, one of the courses of action that INPRO has decided to pursue is solicitation of our customers and industry partners for any parties willing to support by providing their existing UV lamps and conveyor systems to INPRO for modification/integration into a system designed for this application.

The impact to our business is unknown at the moment, but we have committed ourselves to serving a cause larger than profitability during this time. While we will take measures to ensure we are able to remain operational in the post-crisis environment, capital motivation remains secondary to service to our national and global communities.

Every minute healthcare professionals go without these systems is potentially a minute they go unprotected, putting them at significant risk of infection, and potentially death. Let that be the motivator that drives our sense of urgency in succeeding in our mission:

INPRO Technologies seeks to make healthcare processes safer, more reliable, more efficient, and more productive by engineering solutions and working alongside our customers to connect them to the technologies that meet their needs.

Achieving the Ultimate Wavelength UV LED Curing Systems

SEPTEMBER 11, 2019  INDUSTRIAL PRINT MAGAZINE

UV LED curing is used throughout the print process to dry or cure anything from ink to coatings. It works very quickly compared to other curing processes like conventional UV and mercury arc lamps in addition to many other advantages. Consequently, the speed of curing allows for heat-sensitive and thinner materials to be used – unlike longer curing processes where a thinner material may melt – expanding application options. For manufacturers in different industry verticals, a customized UV LED curing solution is essential to increasing efficiencies in their organization.

Implementing digital printing into a manufacturing workflow can also mean integrating UV LED curing technology. Adoption is prevalent in a number of industry verticals primarily because of UV LED’s rapid curing abilities, energy efficiency, and variety of applicable applications.

Read this Industrial Print Magazine article to hear about the latest innovations in LED UV curing technology from a number of industry experts, including Excelitas’ OmniCure Senior Product Manager Pamela Lee.

The article also features our Duracote case study, which details how Excelitas implemented Duracote’s recent changeover to customized UV LED curing for its manufacturing processes.

When the company’s traditional UV lamps approached their end of life, Duracote needed a curing system with minimal heat generation to prevent unwanted curing or substrate deformation. Low electrical consumption and lower life were also important for lower overall cost of ownership. The system had to provide uniform irradiance, even over time as the UV LEDs age, across multiple UV heads spanning a 66” wide product.

OmniCure AC9 Series LED UV curing system

Excelitas’ OmniCure AC9 Series LED Large-Area UV Curing System revealed several advantages of UV LED curing to the Duracote team. The patented individual UV LED module control and factory calibration of the OmniCure AC9 heads enabled fine control of UV irradiance over the full 65” to 66” wide product, even when all four heads were adjoined. This level of control enabled the heads to deliver UV irradiance with a high degree of longitudinal uniformity to better than +/-10%. Precise control of the UV irradiance using intelligent system monitoring ensured that the correct dose of UV energy was delivered on every exposure. This level of control was very difficult to achieve with microwave UV lamps. The controllability of the system also enabled Duracote to easily use the OmniCure system in a number of manufacturing processes, each of which use different materials and require a different curing profile.

Jack Pallay, Duracote’s president, sums up the integration of the AC9 Series UV LED Curing System for its application: “It exceeded expectations”, he said. “The performance of the system validated the vendor’s claims. The UV LED curing concept, in general, is ‘as advertised’. There is no doubt that, in our opinion, it is the way to go.”

UV LED System with Touchscreen Controller, Power Supplies, and N2 Purge