SOUTH BOSTON, VA — ChemQuest Technology Institute (CQTI), in partnership with Heraeus Noblelight America, has begun scheduling trials on newly installed, microwave-powered and UV LED wide-format curing systems deployed on its automated flat line in South Boston, Virginia. CQTI’s client-base of raw material suppliers, formulators and OEM end-users are now able to test new chemistries and curing processes using equipment and a line scaled to the production of durable goods.
Kevin Joesel, Director of Sales, UVP, Heraeus Noblelight America LLC, noted, “No other independent facility provides microwave-powered and 30-inch-wide UV LED flat-line curing systems. Comparing different UV curing methods – UV LED, microwave-powered, or arc lamps – is now easily achievable on one line. Heraeus Noblelight America LLC sought to partner with ChemQuest not only to advance UV coating processes but to make hard data collection easier for proving the performance/cost advantages of converting to UV curing.”
At CQTI, coatings can be applied to any flat substrate (e.g., wood, glass, metal, composite, or plastic) measuring up to 50 inches wide, 12 feet long, and 4 inches thick. After an automated spray-application of a coating, the substrate can be exposed to several curing methods for R&D testing, including infrared curing (IR); convection curing; and three types of UV curing — traditional mercury arc UV, Heraeus Semray® UV LED, and Heraeus Light Hammer 10® Mark II microwave-powered UV.
Comparing curing variations of different UV spectra is as easy as switching out the bulb in Heraeus’ Light Hammer 10® system; for example, to determine which UV spectra works best with any of the wide array of new and improved photoinitiator chemistries. Adjustments to the UV wavelength emitted by the LED modules are also easily rendered in the Semray® UV LED units.
CQTI offers the coatings value chain unparalleled services for formulation, process engineering, physical testing, and forensics analysis, especially as these processes use various forms of state-of-the-art UV curing technology.
To learn more about the value proposition of CQTI’s coatings application, curing lines, process development, and how to schedule a trial, contact CQTI Vice President Dr. Doug Corrigan by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 434/570.1400.