Pictured above: GEW’s managing director of sales Robert Rae, during an on-press presentation demonstrating impressive UV LED savings
UV curing systems manufacturer GEW has highlighted an ‘exceptionally successful’ Labelexpo Europe. The company presented its entire product range, focusing on the air-cooled UV LED system AeroLED, launched in 2022.
GEW’s managing director of sales Robert Rae commented, “It was fantastic to return for the first time since 2019. The exhibition was exceptional for GEW, with a record number of visitors to our stand, and a very healthy order book to show for it. We displayed our full product range, but UV LED was top of the agenda for most of our visitors.”
The company staged a series of on-press presentations at the exhibition, demonstrating the substantial energy and cost savings expected when upgrading the curing technology on a press from conventional UV Arc to UV LED.
The presentations took place at the Mark Andy and Omet stands. Many visitors were surprised by the impressive energy savings validated and displayed on large screens during each presentation, with savings of over 70 per cent achieved in every case when switching from Arc to LED.
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Rae added, “Our air-cooled AeroLED UV curing system was the subject of particular interest, and our ability to demonstrate this technology in action, live on OEM presses at the show, meant that we could clearly demonstrate the huge energy and cost savings that printers can expect with a switch to UV LED.
“We measured and published our energy consumption live and were able to repeatedly demonstrate a 75 per cent saving compared to conventional UV arc technology.”
GEW systems were the default choice UV for many flexo press manufacturers at Labelexpo, with the company’s equipment in use on machinery at ABG, Bobst, Gallus, Grafotronic, Lombardi, Mark Andy, Multitec, Nilpeter and Omet, among others.
GEW international sales director Marcus Greenbrook added, “Each time I visit these exhibitions, I am proud, but not surprised, to see that GEW systems are so widely chosen by many manufacturers. There is no better recommendation we could ask for, and this omnipresence must also speak volumes to the show’s visitors.”
GEW also presented a joint press conference with one of the major converters, the All4Labels Group, highlighting the remarkable sustainability drive that has been embarked upon by All4Labels, with the upgrade of around 70 of its presses to GEW’s UV LED technology across 12 sites in Europe and the UK.
Under this program, over 600 UV lamp heads were installed and around 90 per cent of the upgrades involved GEW’s energy-saving air-cooled UV LED system, AeroLED. The entire installation program is due for completion within 2023.