Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced today that it has developed a new air-cooled UV-LED curing light that is not only the world's most powerful* 1, but also the world's smallest* 2. The new Kyocera G5A Series is ideal for use in industrial ultraviolet (UV) ink printing applications, including billboard printing, as well as UV-cured coating and adhesive processes.

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G5A Series UV-LED curing light (Photo: Business Wire)

G5A Series UV-LED curing light (Photo: Business Wire)

Kyocera's proprietary technology results in the world's highest UV intensity (24W/cm 2) among air-cooled curing lights for UV printing. This product sets a new industry standard by offering the highest performance in a package that is also both the world's lightest and smallest, at about half the size of a conventional air-cooled UV curing light offering high UV intensity (16W/cm 2).
 
Product Overview
Model   G5A Series
LED wavelength 365nm   385nm   395nm
UV intensity

(WD=0mm)
16W/cm 2 24W/cm 2
Accumulated light

(50m/min)
250mJ/cm 2 350mJ/cm 2
Irradiation area 80mm
Size

(Width x Length x Height)
80.3×88.0×150.5 (mm)
Weight 950g
Production facility Shiga Yohkaichi Plant
Sales target   1 billion yen by FY20

(Fiscal year ending March 2020)
 

Development

UV printing is a printing method that uses ultraviolet light to cure ink immediately as it is printed, thus allowing for printing on a wide variety of non-paper media, including plastic sheets. In addition to its convenience, this printing method is more environmentally friendly, using energy-efficient LED lights. The G5A Series incorporates Kyocera's proprietary ceramic substrate with excellent heat conductivity in a heat-radiating modular design, which allows LED elements to be mounted at an exceptionally high density. Since it employs an integrated air-cooling system which eliminates the need for supplemental liquid cooling equipment, it can help reduce total equipment costs while saving space. Furthermore, its scalable structure allows users to adjust irradiation width, enabling full design optimization to suit a wide range of applications and printing media.

Background

New applications keep emerging for UV printing based on long-lasting, energy-efficient LEDs as a curing source. According to Yole Developpement, a global research company based in France, the UV curing market is expected to expand to approx. USD300 million by 2019* 3. Demand for high-speed UV printing is rising especially among wide-format inkjet billboard-printing applications, coating applications and adhesive applications. Design requirements increasingly specify an air-cooled UV light with high output for higher productivity.

*1 Based on research by Kyocera; among air-cooled UV-LED curing lights for UV printing (as of February 28, 2018).*2 Based on research by Kyocera; among air-cooled UV-LED curing lights with a higher UV intensity than 12W/cm 2 (as of February 28, 2018).*3 Source: Yole Developpement (UV LEDs: Technology, Manufacturing and Application Trends)

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About KYOCERA

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) ( http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of electronic devices, semiconductor packages, printers, copiers, mobile phones, solar power generating systems, cutting tools and industrial components. During the year ended March 31, 2017, the company's consolidated net sales totaled 1.42 trillion yen (approx. USD12.7 billion). Kyocera appears on the "Top 100 Global Innovators" list by Clarivate Analytics and is ranked #522 on Forbes magazine's 2017 "Global 2000" list of the world's largest publicly traded companies.

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