Energy Curing Technology
Energy curing is a photochemical process in which UV light is used to instantly dry various inks and coatings. In UV/LED curing the drying happens in part of a second compared to several minutes for traditional curing.
UV technology benefits
- Productivity: Seconds to cure vs. minutes or hours. Immediate stackability of finished products
- Lower Overall Cost (per cured part): 100% solids, cure speed, recycling of coating, etc
- Single component formulas: Eliminates mixing errors found in 2 component systems
- Regulatory Concerns (VOC emission): Avoid solvent use in most cases
- Smaller equipment footprint: Less floor space needed
- Energy savings – Reduced Energy costs
Specific UV-LED benefits:
- Energy Saving
- Suitable for heat sensitive, thin substrates
- Cost saving (depends on efficiency, press speed and others settings)
- No Ozone emission
- Alternative to heavy metal containing lamps like Mercury
At iGM Resins, we become greener and support the industry by implementing sustainable change in all our products and processes.
Therefore, we are proud to introduce our new sustainability brand: PureLine™! The home to all sustainable products within iGM
Life Cycle Analysis
Our dedication to sustainability is reflected in completing our Life Cycle Assessments (LCA’s) from cradle-to-gate of Omnirad™ 819, Omnirad™ 1173, and Omnirad™ 184 from our plant located in Mortara (Italy, Europe).
No detectable PCBs
Over the last years, there has been several concerns raised by the market, specifically in Europe, North America, South America, and Japan, related to the recent findings of higher concentrations of PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls) in several sources of the production of photoinitiators. With tight quality specifications and control on the production process of all its photoinitiators, IGM can confirm that all photoinitiators produced in Mortara do not contain any detectable levels of PCB.
Photoinitiators for LED following Hg Ban
Today, the UV technology is still using mercury in lamps to produce UV light. Mercury is a chemical compound with neurotic effect. The European commission has adopted a new package of rules to ban the use of mercury lamps. At iGM, we continuously develop new solutions for UV-LED lamps systems in close contact with lamp producers and our customers to support the industry with this change.
Recycling inks formulation
Our applicative laboratories work closely together with our customer to help them to develop de-inking formulation. De-inking is the industrial process of removing printing ink from paper fibers of recycled paper to make de-inked pulp. This is achieved by a combination of mechanical action and product solutions.
Please refer to our corporate policy webpage, where you can access the following policies :
- CSR (Corporate Sustainability Report).
- Code of ethics and conduct for suppliers.
- Code of ethics and conduct for employees.
- Corporate social responsibility.
- Global labor and human Rights practices.
- Global SHE (Safety, Health, and Environment) policy.