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UV Curing Monomers

UV Curing Monomers

What is UV Curing? 

Ultraviolet curing (commonly known as UV curing) is a photochemical process in which high-intensity ultraviolet light is used to instantly cure or “dry” inks, coatings or adhesives.  Offering many advantages over traditional drying methods, UV curing has been shown to increase production speed, reduce reject rates, improve scratch and solvent resistance, and facilitate superior bonding.  

Who Uses UV Curing?

Since it was originally introduced in the 1960's, UV curing has been widely adopted in many industries including automotive, telecommunications, electronics, graphic arts, converting and metal, glass and plastic decorating. UV curing is a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry, and now constitutes approximately 4% of the industrial coatings market. UV curing has grown more than 10% per year, displacing conventional water and solvent-based thermal drying processes due to its increased productivity, improvement of product quality and performance, and environmentally friendly characteristics. 

What features UV Curing have?

  • Curing reaction occurs in seconds
    1.In the curing reaction, monomer (Liquid) changes to polymer (Solid) within a few seconds.

    2. Outstanding environmental responsiveness
    Since the entire material is basically cured by solvent-free photopolymerization, it is very effective to fulfill the requirements of environment-related regulations and orders such as PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) Law or ISO 14000.

    3. Perfect for process automation
    UV curable material does not cure unless exposed to light, and unlike heat-curable material, it does not get cured gradually during preservation. Hence, its pot-life is short enough for it to be used in the automation process.

    4. Low-temperature treatment is possible
    Since the processing time is short, it is possible to control the rise in the temperature of the target object. This is one of the reasons why it is used in most heat-sensitive electronics.

    5. Suitable for every type of application since a variety of materials are available
    These materials have high surface hardness and gloss. Moreover, they are available in many colors, and hence can be used for various purposes.

What UV Curing Can Do For You

UV curing offers manufacturers many benefits. Below you’ll find additional information on some of the most significant ones. 

Increase yield and reduce scrap