New Product: ‘BlueWave’ 200 UV curing spot lamp from Intertronics offers long-life operation

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Product Briefing Outline: Intertronics has introduced the ‘BlueWave’ 200 UV curing spot lamp that is designed to provide the highest intensity and the most user-friendly operation. A new, patent pending Intensity Adjustment feature also allows simple, manual intensity adjustment during initial UV process validation and production.

Problem: As with any manufacturing process, defining an acceptable processing window is a crucial step in developing a UV curing process. Low cost and fast curing are key performance parameters for the UV curing process.

Solution: The new Intensity Adjustment feature permits engineers to evaluate the full range of intensity produced by the BlueWave 200 spot lamp, from 0 to 100%. Thus, the upper and lower intensity limits of a UV curing process can easily be identified in an actual production setting. When in production, routine radiometer measurements performed in accordance with good manufacturing practices will determine if any further intensity adjustments are required. The average BlueWave 200 bulb varies less than 1% over 8 hours of normal use, so daily or weekly adjustments are typically adequate to maintain a tightly controlled process.

Applications: The spot lamp primarily emits UVA and blue visible light (300-450 nm) and is designed for UV curing of adhesives, coatings, and encapsulants. It contains an integral shutter which can be actuated by a foot pedal or PLC making it ideal for both manual and automated processes.

Platform: BlueWave 200 features a useful bulb life of up to 2000 hours with 20 watts of UV/visible light curing power, coupled with a choice of 2, 3 or 4 split wand light guides. One unit provides the performance of multiple spot/wand units – thus ensuring faster, deeper adhesive curing of UV and visible adhesives, coatings and potting materials. The consistent high intensity of the spot light eliminates the need for continuous power adjustment and frequent bulb replacement. A solid-state power supply provides consistent performance at any voltage (90-263 volts, 47-63 Hz).

Availability: March 2010 onwards.

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