Phenix fits GEW UV LED to Omet press

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Pictured (from left): Todd Fatino, vice president of innovation; Chris Smith, senior press operator; Todd Austin, production engineer, all from Phenix Label Company

Phenix Label Company, headquartered in Olathe, Kansas, has specified 10 GEW LW-1 water-cooled UV LED stations for its 16in, 10-color Omet X4 flexo press, intended for self-adhesive label stock, shrink sleeves and thin film substrate conversion.

Todd Fatino, VP Innovation at Phenix Label, commented: 'We chose UV LED for faster run speeds, deeper curing, instant on-off, no mechanical shutters and energy savings. And yes, in every instance UV LED has lived up to our expectations.'

Phenix Label also operates an Omet iFlex with six GEW LW1 LED-UV stations and has retrofitted an Aquaflex Instaflex press with eight LW1 stations. 
 
With the GEW LW1 LED system Phenix Label operates full hybrid UV curing, working with both mercury arc and LED lamp technology on the same press. Mercury arc cassettes and LED cassettes both use the same lamphead casing, the same RHINO power supply and the same touch screen control. The operator simply swaps the required cassette and the RHINO power supply automatically recognizes which type of cassette is installed in the machine, switches from low voltage DC power for the LEDs to high voltage AC for the arc lamps and changes the display on the control panel accordingly.   
 
'Modernizing our plant and investing in high performance machinery ensures we stay competitive in the future,' concluded Fatino. 'The GEW LED lampheads combined with the RHINO power supply bring us consistent curing with low migration inks, at high speeds and with no downtime.'

Phenix Label Company was founded in 1896 and today continues to be a family-owned business run by Hans M. Peter, the founder’s great-grandson. The company's target markets include food and beverage,  beauty and personal products and the pharmaceutical and automotive industries.