LED Light-Curing System Improves Process Control, Cuts Costs

The BlueWave LED DX-1000 light-curing system from Dymax Corp. is designed to provide several advantages over conventional lamp-curing systems, including cooler curing temperatures, lower intensity degradation over time, more consistent cure results, lower energy consumption and reduced costs.

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The BlueWave LED DX-1000 light-curing system from Dymax Corp. is designed to provide several advantages over conventional lamp-curing systems, including cooler curing temperatures, lower intensity degradation over time, more consistent cure results, lower energy consumption and reduced costs.

The system uses efficiently cooled, high-intensity 385 nm LED light to achieve consistent frequency and intensity output for better process control, the company says. Its adjustable-intensity capability and long-life LED is said to increase accuracy over “closed-loop feedback” or auto-adjusting units, and its lower energy consumption reduces electrical costs. The system can be configured to operate in either small-area flood or spot-cure mode, and is clean-room compatible. 

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