How does Océ UVgel technology influence applications versatility?
Low heat process
Océ UVgel technology is a low-heat process. Océ UVgel ink drops are deposited on the substrate at 28°C*, controlled by the media platen. Furthermore, UVgel technology uses LED-curing so that no heat is required for drying; the ink and print are instantly dry when cured. Consequently, with Océ UVgel, media distortion is negligible, even with highly heat sensitive media.
*The platen temperature can be set by the operator from -2°C to +8°C from the default temperature if this is advantageous for the specific customer’s applications mix and commonly used media.
By contrast, evaporative technologies may heat the media to temperatures as high as 100°C, leading to media deformation and distortion.
This fundamental difference in technology makes Océ UVgel ideal for applications requiring high geometric accuracy, such as wallcoverings. It is also well suited to lower-cost applications on inexpensive, thin media.
Reduced water content
Océ UVgel ink does not contain water. Compared with other technologies, this ensures improved dimensional consistency, by eliminating the problems associated with swelling of media. Due to its excellent interaction with a variety of substrates, including heatsensitive media, UVgel is inherently versatile for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications.
UVgel technology’s suitability for outdoor work is enhanced by the high durability of the LED- cured image. The finished prints offer improved levels of outdoor UV light fastness, abrasion resistance and washability/scrubbability compared with prevailing technology inks.
Océ UVgel technology has been developed to be odourless so it can be used for high-margin indoor applications, including those for health sensitive environments.
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