The curing of varnishes and inks with UV light is a fast, proven and energy-efficient method for cross-linking reactive ink and varnish systems. UV curing is used in many different areas, such as in wood processing or surface coating. The new FREEcure UV system, developed by IST METZ together with BASF SE, represents a new kind of cross-linking technology. The shared patent resulting from the collaboration follows the approach of increasing the UVC percentage in the spectrum of a UV lamp.
FREEcure is a revolutionary technology that achieves outstanding results with the option of opting out:
The BLK LAMPcure was developed for the highest industrial requirements. Compared to conventional UV systems, there is an extraordinary increase in drying performance with the FREEcure. This means more productivity at reduced operating costs. Based on the proven IST UV system BLK, a system was developed, resulting in an increased performance of more than 70% in the process relevant UVC spectral range. This was achieved by a coordinated package of measures including the following points: