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JEC 2020 – Ushio Europe To Unveil Composite Binding Light Sources

UPDATE: JEC World 2020 Delayed Due To COVID-19 Coronavirus Outbreak

The organisers of JEC World 2020 released a statement on February 26th 2020 informing exhibitors and attendees that due to the COVID-19 coronavirus infections spreading across the world, the trade show will be postponed. However, an online week of business meetings will take place on 6-10 July 2020. The article below has been updated accordingly, as USHIO intends to appear as planned on the new dates. The official statement from JEC Composites is as follows:

Yesterday evening, based on the latest assessment of the situation and after consulting its board and key stakeholders of the composites industry, the JEC Group decided to postpone the 2020 edition of JEC World to May 12th to 14th 2020.

The recent spread of the coronavirus in new countries last week, and especially countries playing an important role in the composite materials industry such as China, South Korea and Italy, has obliged the JEC World organization team and key stakeholders of the industry to reassess the current situation. Increased travel restrictions from authorities, but also at corporate level, both from exhibiting and visiting companies, have drastically reduced the potential attendance to the show. Moreover, the latest developments of the Coronavirus have significantly increased the concerns of participating companies about the health of their employees. JEC Group has the same concerns, having health and safety of their exhibitors, visitors, partners and staff as a number one priority.

Being the leading trade show of the composites industry, as well as the festival of composites, JEC World brings together the whole industry value chain, as well as professionals from application sectors, experts from the scientific and academic world, associations and media from more than 112 countries. But the context does not allow the composite industry to get the event it deserves, which is why  the JEC World team, with the full support of key stakeholders of the industry, has decided to postpone the event.

We are aware that this decision will require industry professionals, exhibitors, partners, engineers, researchers and buyers to re-schedule their attendance, which will have a significant impact on their organizations, as it will for the JEC Group. We trust though that given the current situation, which is continously evolving, everyone involved will understand our common and industry decision.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM JEC COMPOSITES, PARIS, FEBRUARY 26 2020

Excimer’s “Cold” Light Grabs The Headlines; IR and UV LED Solutions Complete USHIO’s Line-Up

As the year draws to a close, Ushio Europe is already gearing up for the commencement of the next trade fair season. The first major show on the calendar takes us to Paris-Nord’s 76,000+ m2 showground at Parc des Expositions de Villepinte for JEC World 2020. Descending on the French capital from 12th to 14th May will be over 43,500 international composite material industry professionals, many of which will be looking for the solutions provided by USHIO, at Hall 5 Booth M92.

EmitFit Turns Up The Heat With Revolutionary IR-Lamp Mounting Mechanism Release at JEC 2020

Alongside their long-established speciality lighting solutions, USHIO is happy to announce the launch of its new EmitFit line of infrared lamp fittings. Replacing the old EasyFit line, the newly upgraded quick-release ceramic base allows swift lamp exchange without costing a moment of production time. The main benefit of the new design is the reduced size of the light fitting, which maximises the area which can be devoted to the IR emitting section of the device. The EmitFit series simplifies a time-consuming and specialist task by introducing the following advantages:

EmitFit Makes IR Lamp Exchange Easier, Faster, and Secure

  • While inserting the EmitFit IR-lamp in the lamp holder, the emitter is both electrically integrated and mechanically mounted at the same time
  • No technically trained personnel are required to exchange the emitter
  • Supporting springs hold the EmitFit IR-lamp tightly in the lamp holder; therefore any mounting position is possible
  • The EmitFit technology can be combined with all single-tube IR-lamps – even with customised ones. EmitFit is individually adjustable and combines convenience and functionality
  • IR-lamps with an additional outer tube/jacket can be designed to work with EmitFit
  • Owners of the previous IR mounting system, EasyFit, can rest assured that the old style lamp fittings will still be available exclusively from USHIO.

JEC 2020: Composites Industry Applications Mastered by USHIO’s Speciality Light Sources

  • Activation
  • Adhesion
  • Cleaning
  • Curing
  • Drying
  • Epitaxy
  • Fibre Placement
  • Fibre Winding
  • Matting
  • Moulding
  • Photobonding
  • Priming
  • Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM)
  • Tempering
  • Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP)
  • Spot Welding
  • Thermoforming

“Testing the waters” with Ushio Europe’s Innovation Labs, at JEC 2020

After “testing the waters” at JEC World 2019, Ushio Europe was encouraged by last year’s delegation to commit to a larger presence at the show in 2020. As the market leading manufacturer of speciality light sources, USHIO provide bespoke solutions for a multitude of industrial processes. USHIO is already well respected within the realm of the conventional UV and IR lamps, and its mastery of surface science has extended the possibilities of increased material bonding and coating adhesion through its pioneering excimer lamps and UV LEDs. The relatively young composite materials industry has permeated every aspect of daily life, and industries looking to capitalise on this will be well aware of how USHIO can increase the quality and cut the costs of their manufacturing processes.

USHIO is able to customise its products to your specific needs, and can even replicate your own in-line processes at the Infrared Innovation Laboratory in Steinhöring, Bavaria. The IRtenser LC220 and ExciJet Demonstrators at JEC 2020 are simply a taster of what to expect, and exemplifies how the USHIO experience encompasses research, development, and implementation. The unique L-shaped IR module, which will be presented to delegates at JEC, will display the heat levels achieved throughout treatment of various common substrates.

Widely implemented in the thermoforming and moulding of composite materials, you will experience a live demonstration of USHIO’s versatile infrared heating equipment. Regardless of which application you strive to conquer, the power of infrared light has been harnessed by USHIO to enable your process to achieve maximum efficiency.

USHIO focuses on customised IR solutions, but has also developed a series of “IRtenser” modules and auxiliary components which serve as the basic building blocks for many typical IR processes. The standard portfolio consists of IR modules with wavelengths ranging from 0.8 µm to 1.5 µm and power densities ranging from 150 kW/m² to 300 kW/m². All IR modules feature integrated cooling, a quick exchange mechanism for IR lamps, and are ready for immediate use. For your experimental IR heating needs, USHIO proudly presents the IRtenser series. Customised versions or individual solutions are available upon request.

A facility similar to the aforementioned IR Innovation Lab has been developed for USHIO’s excimer technology, which allows clients to experiment on their production materials before committing to a purchase order. In the past, USHIO has provided successfully excimer solutions to research pioneers such as the Fraunhofer ILT PhotonFlex project and original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) like SteriLux SA. The beauty of excimer is its adaptability, able to be installed as an independent large scale solution or as a compact module which integrates directly into existing production lines.

Who Will Be At JEC 2020?

  • Automotive and Road Transportation
  • Aerospace
  • Railway Vehicles and Infrastructure
  • Maritime Transportation and Shipbuilding
  • Building and Civil Engineering
  • Equipment and Machinery
  • Renewable Energy
  • Oil and Gas
  • Pipes, tanks, water treatment, and sewage
  • Defence, Security, and Ballistics
  • Electrical, Electronics, Telecoms, and Appliances
  • Medical and Prosthesis
  • Sports, Leisure, and Recreation (excluding Maritime)
  • Design, Furniture, and Home

Excimer: The Composite Future Is Adhesive-Free

Emitting ultraviolet rays at an ideal 172 nm, USHIO’s vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) excimer technology is revolutionising many relevant processes such as surface activation of sensitive composite films, curing of acrylate nanocomposite coatings, and the production of carbon nanotube reinforced composite materials.

Excimer has already begun generating significant interest from aerospace and automotive firms who wish to explore the weight reduction possibilities of photobonding and the elimination of adhesives. Dielectric barrier discharge excimer lamps hold a unique ability to bond materials, such as polymers and glass, without epoxy or other chemicals. By pressing two non-identical substrates together during treatment, a permanent bond is formed at a low pressure & temperature.

VUV light also enjoys a rather shallow penetration depth which leaves a thin polymerised film on the upper layer of UV-curable coatings. This effect leaves deeper layers unaffected, yet the resulting shrinkage leaves behind a homogeneous matted finish and brings scratch resistance to your composite coatings.

This polymer substrate was masked with a metal USHIO stencil then had excimer light projected through onto the substrate. When water is sprayed on to the irradiated surface, the water clings to the USHIO logo with a surface contact angle of 0 degrees.
During USHIO’s Excimer Surface Activation Demonstrator, a polymer is irradiated with VUV light to improve coating adhesion.

Excimer Blindsides Complacent Corona and Plasma Treatment Manufacturers

As an alternative to corona- and plasma-based surface treatments, excimer’s cold light drastically reduces the excess heat produced by comparable methods. In fact, the IR emissions from excimer are almost non-existent, as is the presence of any thermal stress to the substrate. This reduced thermal load means no damage to the surface structure, which in turn assures better bonding results.

Corona and plasma are both direct electrical discharge methods, so the object being treated receives a heavier impact on its surface. Electrical discharge occurs when fluid in the air surrounding a conductor is ionised, which in the case of corona and plasma, is created by applying a high-voltage between two electrodes.

Instead, USHIO excimer lamps utilise VUV light to treat the surface, so there is no discharge reaction or damage to your substrates, nor is a significant heat load applied to the surface. Ultimately, this lower heat load makes excimer an ideal solution for temperature sensitive substrates, such as foils.

Many corona and plasma treatment manufacturers have ignored the development of excimer, and quite often cannot tell you the pros and cons of their product when pitted against excimer technology. For this reason, we have prepared another informative article for you. You can learn more about this subject by reading our surface treatment learning resource, Corona Vs Plasma Vs Excimer.

Excimer has been deployed into lab and industrial environments with modules suitable for the treatment of composites on any scale. The application of excimer lamps has already extended to the following composite material treatment processes:

  • Surface activation
  • Surface cleaning
  • Surface modification
  • UV-reactive curing
  • Disinfection & removal of contaminants from surfaces, gases, solids, and liquids such as water
  • Photobonding: eliminates use of heavy adhesives
  • Optical ashing
  • Matting with high homogeneity / uniformity
  • Facilitates improved bonding of inks, coatings, and lacquers to surfaces
  • Allows 3D electronics to be printed directly onto treated surfaces

USHIO’s UniJet UV LED Modules Cure Composite Woes at JEC 2020

USHIO has not been afraid to launch itself into the UV LED market, and has found success with its customisable UniJet modules. Designed for the highest performance in printing, curing, and image processing, UniJet has been launched in three distinct lines. The UniJet A, E, and i-Series have been developed specifically with the commercial and industrial printing industries in mind. JEC World 2020 visitors will have the opportunity to speak directly with USHIO representatives who have first-hand experience of using these devices, with the flagship UniJet E-Series taking centre stage on this occasion.

The entire range of USHIO’s UniJet UV LED modules holds a clear advantage over their traditional UV curing counterparts. With a total absence of mercury within the device and the complete eradication of ozone emissions, UniJet offers safer operation conditions while ensuring unprecedented energy efficiency. The compact and easy to operate UniJet units are designed to remain fully operational for over 10,000 hours of use, and are available with either water or air cooling.

UniJet E-Series features customised optical distribution system

The air cooled UniJet E-Series modules have proven themselves to be particularly adept when installed within an inkjet or 3D printing device. Offering the UniJet E-Series in three different varieties, USHIO has developed a series of optical systems that allow the user to choose the most suitable intensity distribution for their particular application. The E-Series modules can be linked together, up to three times in the standard series and twice for the E II-Series.

For full specifications of the UniJet series, please download the brochure here.

The Air Cooled UniJet E-Series

  • Mercury Free
  • Ozone Free
  • Energy Efficient
  • Compact Design
  • High Peak Irradiance
  • Dimmable
  • Long Life > 10,000 Hours
  • Air Cooled
  • Available Wavelengths: 365 nm, 385 nm, 395 nm, 405 nm

UniJet E-HD (High Dose)

The UniJet E-HD offers a high dose of accumulated irradiance which makes it the ideal solution for deployment in quick drying applications, such as inkjet printers.

UniJet E-HC (High Condensing)

Focusing the light using an integrated rod, the UniJet E-HC is able to achieve higher peak irradiance than the E-HD. The High Condensing model is most suitable for UV curing and other side emitting applications.

UniJet E-U-DOS (USHIO Directional Optical System)

The UniJet E-U-DOS model offers a shift in the irradiation area angle, which in turn provides effective light focus. This unique technology prevents clogging in the print head.

The UniJet E-Series features several optical distribution options for the optimisation of client applications
The UniJet E-Series features several optical distribution options for the optimisation of client applications

 

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee with USHIO at JEC 2020

If you would like to meet with an Ushio Europe representative at a specific time during JEC 2020, please send an email to our UV & IR Sales Manager, Florence Guilloux at Florence.Guilloux@ushio.eu, or simply visit our booth and enjoy a coffee on us!

You can pick up your conference entry badge from the JEC World 2020 website, here.

JEC WORLD 2020
The Leading International Composites Show
Parc des Expositions de Villepinte
Paris, France
Hall 5, Booth M92
3 – 5 March 2020 

 

Further Reading

USHIO Excimer Irradiation Solutions Brochure (EN)

USHIO UniJet UV LED Modules Brochure (EN)

USHIO General IR Brochure (EN)

Ushio Europe: Excimer – The Technology Explained

Ushio Europe: Surface Treatment Alternatives For Sensitive Substrates

External Research: UV Curing and matting of acrylate nanocomposite coatings by 172 nm excimer irradiation

Patent: Honda patent for process for producing carbon nanotube reinforced composite material

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