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OPM – First to deploy GEW hybrid ArcLED UV system

The OPM (Labels & Packaging) Group team (from left to right): Susan Ellison, commercial director, Chris Ellison, managing director, and Gavin Stansfield, print supervisor

UK • In 2015 OPM acquired a customised configuration of a UV curing system installed on a Nilpeter F4* flexo printing press with nine GEW systems comprising five arc lamp stations and four LED UV lampheads together with ArcLED Rhino electronic power supplies and a chill roller with each print unit. The configuration is able to print flexo and coatings on multiple substrates and multi-layer compounds.

The decision to invest in the GEW ArcLED UV system was due to OPM’s desire to reduce energy use, increase productivity and to offer their clients a wider range of products. With the system OPM were able to achieve significantly higher speeds as LED curing is used to target and relieve processes that were bottlenecks with conventional arc lamp UV curing. The high intensity longwave output of GEW’s LED UV lamps enable these processes to be run at speeds of up to 175 m/min (574 fpm). In addition, according to OPM, the hybrid arc/LED plug and play functionality combined with the Rhino electronic power supply significantly reduces energy consumption.

About OPM
OPM was originally founded 40 years ago as a manufacturer of mechanical overprinting machines. In 1988 the business diversified into self-adhesive labels and flexible package printing. In 2013 the group moved to a new modern factory site on the outskirts of Leeds and today produces some 40 million metres of labels, laminate and film per year, mainly for the automotive, chemical, food, cosmetic, horticultural, pet care, household and medical industries, generating an annual turnover in excess of GBP 13 million.

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Armin Karl Geiger

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