Baldwin And AMS Announce Industry 4.0 Cloud Platform And LED-UV Curing Module

XP Quatro Series

The new XP Quatro Series™ LED-UV Curing Module offers a range of new capabilities to increase productivity, maximise output, and access curing at unbeatable speeds, harnessing double the power of standard LED curing solutions.

The recently launched Defender 100% Inspection solution by Baldwin Vision Systems will have its European show debut. This breakthrough suite of data-connected technologies, designed for wide web packaging substrates, are used to identify, track and remove print defects. Empowered with valuable production data and detailed print quality reports, printers can improve their processes and put more work through the press.

Baldwin Technologies’s new Industry 4.0 cloud platform from Baldwin Intelligence Group is designed for connecting and visualising data from machines and devices in printing, packaging and converting in a way that supports advanced decision-making and improved process stability and comparison, regardless of the make and model of printing equipment deployed at a facility. The IoT (Internet of Things) platform, called AMP (Advanced Monitoring Platform), is available for a wide range of deployments at low cost, and comes included with the acquisition of any Baldwin Technology IoT-enabled product.

Available via its dedicated division, AMS Spectral UV®, the new XP Quatro Series™ LED-UV Curing Module is designed to cure LED-formulated printing inks and coatings on sheetfed and web offset printing presses, or larger-format flexo presses and digital print engines. Using numerous new market-leading features and patented technology, the XP Quatro Series™ LED-UV Curing Module provides unprecedented system flexibility and reliability. Hosting two large, high-performance LED UV arrays, the Quatro Series delivers double the available power of a standard LED solution at a lower cost than two individual lamps. These features now enable customers to integrate the technology into virtually any analogue or digital printing press with ease, further increasing print quality while operating at top industrial speeds – driving increased productivity and profitability.

The new Baldwin Technologies XP Quatro Series™ LED-UV Curing Module features:

– Cool Phase™ – dual-pass, high-flow water-cooling system keeps the entire module at the optimal temperature while operating.
– Extendable Profile™ – can be built to any length, providing seamless gap-free curing
Quick Mount™ – universal T-slot mounting rails provide quick mounting to a variety of machinery, making units easy to service.
– Dura Connect™ – industrial strength water and electrical connections for extreme product reliability and reduced downtime and associated costs.
– Chip Connect™ – allows sectional control and the ability to easily upgrade or replace LED chips
– Peak Optics™ – allow for mounting the module at different distances from the substrate while still achieving a secure cure at the highest intensities available.
– The new XP Quatro Series™ LED-UV Curing Module supports a wide variety of substrates including micro-thin shrink films, corrugated materials, cardboard, paper and metal.

Defender 100% Inspection uses the industry’s most advanced defect detection algorithms to quickly classify each defect, driving better print quality decisions. Unique self-learning algorithms monitor the capabilities of the press and automatically apply optimum inspection tolerances to each job. Job settings can be quickly modified and saved. Manual fine-tuning makes it possible to reduce false or nuisance alarms by simply adjusting sensitivity levels for multiple defect types and different substrates. Modern, high efficiency, fan-cooled LED lighting delivers high intensity with greater image detail and low image noise.

Defender Data Central offers more intelligent print inspection by using the visual maps of each inspected roll. Quality control operators can analyse for defect distribution, count, and type. Out-of-tolerance areas are identified for removal, and job-based quality reports can be generated.

Defender Waste Manager can interface with rewinding, slitting, and sheeting equipment to automatically control when they stop/reject — allowing for fast and easy removal of defective material. Defect location data speeds up the converting process by allowing operators to fast-forward to the exact location of the defect within a roll. This combination of technologies enables printers to easily deliver defect-free, perfect print quality to brand owners and print customers. These technologies are all being showcased at virtual.drupa, taking place until 23 April.


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