AMS – La Gerunda fits LED-UV on Uteco’s Onyx
USA • Air Motion Systems (AMS) announced it will fit a flexo LED-UV curing system to a new Uteco Onyx 8C-CI press due for delivery to flexible packaging print specialist La Gerunda Merletti, near Milan, Italy, in late summer. The press is specified with eight 1.2 metre wide (3.9 ft) printing stations, each with an AMS Peak LED-UV CI XP series curing lamp. The cassette-based slide-in, slide-out lamps are mercury-free, switch on and off instantly (10 milliseconds), and feature low energy, ozone-free operation, the company said. The chip diodes have a working life of up to 30,000 hours and do not emit heat into the substrate or fumes to the atmosphere.
The managing director and founder of La Gerunda Merletti Pino De Gradi expects the new press to deliver a 40% uplift in turnover – to more than EUR 12 million per annum – as he expands his business into new market areas.
The decision to be the first to fit AMS’s new CI optimised LED-UV curing to the mid format flexo press followed good reports from nearby ACM where Massimo Raffaele, having pioneered the system on his Omet Varyflex F1 530mm (20.9”) narrow web flexo press last year, just commissioned a nine-unit Bobst narrow web 100% AMS LED-UV low migration flexo press.