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Chapter 18- UV Curing Techniques and Processes (eChapter from A Guide to High Performance Powder Coating) Image

Chapter 18- UV Curing Techniques and Processes (eChapter from A Guide to High Performance Powder Coating)


Author(s)/Editor(s): Bob Utech
Published By:
SME

Published: 06/01/2002
Product ID:
BK02PUB4_E_CH-18
ISBN:
978-1-62104-045-3

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Description

Ultraviolet (UV) curing is a chemical reaction produced when ultraviolet light is focused onto specially formulated inks, coatings, or adhesives. The UV light acts as a catalyst to polymerize the material. The amount of cure depends on several variables. These variables include formulation and thickness of material, speed of process, UV-light wavelength, intensity of UV energy, and exposure time of UV to substrate that is being cured. To properly cure UV material, the process user must know the energy intensity and the total energy or dosage. The information presented in this chapter should provide a better understanding of UV-curing components and methodologies, resulting in a better understanding of UV-curing equipment and application techniques to maximize its potential. There is no substitution for actual testing in a production-like environment