Most-Read Stories of 2015
With a full year of UV+EB Technology magazine under our belt and work on the first issue of 2016 well underway, we paused to see the topics with which our readers spent the most time in 2015. The following stories were the top reads for nearly 10,000 visitors to the website.
- Properties of Silicone Modified UV-Cured Acrylate and Epoxy Coatings Films
A wide variety of polymers are used as resins in coatings systems. Often defined by their reactive groups, the myriad of resins offer a wide-range of properties. In the coatings industry, acrylate, epoxy, urethane and polyester coatings are all quite common and have associated typical properties and expectations. Resin manufacturers have spent countless hours and money fine-tuning and expanding the properties of their core chemistry to vary their utility.
- Improving the Adhesion of UV Liquid and Powder Coatings Using Plasma Treatment
UV-cured liquid and powder coatings provide plastic part manufacturers with a number of attractive benefits including improved performance; enhanced appearance; reduced environmental, health and safety risks; and various process advantages. At the same time, the rapid film formation and densely cross-linked chemistry that characterizes UV-curable materials and provides these benefits also increases the likelihood of adhesion-related failures.
- Advancements in UV-LED Curing Technology and Solutions for Print
Printing processes have drastically evolved over the years, originating in the form of labor-intensive manual printing presses and advancing to modern day offset, flexography, digital and 3D printers. While a number of different printing technologies are available, printing with UV inks is a fast growing sector, and UV-LEDs are becoming the light source for curing UV inks in many printing applications.
- Stereolithography: Three Decades of UV Technology Innovation
Since the first patent application in the field was officially filled in 19841, stereolithography (SL) has advanced to become a fascinating technological innovation. This technology uses digital data to create complex three-dimensional structures by curing a liquid resin using a UV-laser.
- UV-Inkjet Printing on Food Packaging: State of the Art and Outlook
Inkjet printing has become the major print technology for sign and display applications (posters, billboards, etc.). UV-inkjet printing is the fastest growing technology within this segment because of its combination of high speed and reliable printing, high image quality and high image durability. UV-inkjet printing, however, is not limited to sign and display. It also is suited for many so-called industrial applications where the print is part of the product.