It is primarily geometrically simple, two-dimensional objects such as paper, cardboard, plastics, wooden panels and sheet metal that are coated with UV varnishes. For the curing of three-dimensional components, the use of several UV lamps had always been necessary in order to ensure an even exposure of the entire component.
With the new UV system MBS®-3D from IST METZ, the exposure of three-dimensional components is now possible with just one lamp, meaning consistent and cost-efficient results. Specially developed solvent-free UV varnishes from Lankwitzer Lackfabrik GmbH contribute towards an optimum end product.
The reflector in the UV coating system can be flexibly adjusted to the shape of the object. Through the inertisation of the radiation room, coating and curing are further optimised. Setting the MBS®-3D is easy to simulate on computer and this means it can be adapted quickly to new component geometries.
In addition to the known benefits of UV technology, such as being free from solvents, quick curing and requiring little space, there are further advantages for the user: considerably reduced investment in the UV system, electricity costs and spare part costs, as well as reduced hourly usage of the machine. The process reduces energy consumption by up to 50 percent when compared to a conventional UV system with several lamps.
The UV system jointly developed by Lankwitzer and IST METZ offers plenty of flexibility in the curing of varnish layers for all kinds of technical components in the automotive industry: wheels, diesel fuel injectors, shock absorbers and valve units can be coated. The new technology can even be used in the cosmetics industry.
The Environment Week will be taking place this year for the fourth time in the park of Schloss Bellevue. Companies, associations, institutes and initiatives will be presenting their innovative projects across more than 3,000 square metres of space. The exhibition will include an accompanying programme of specialist talks and discussion rounds.