“An Insider’s View of the UV Revolution!”

The use of ultraviolet light as a curing mechanism for protective coatings is not a new concept. In fact it was the Egyptians in the times of the Pharaohs who figured out that certain resins, when exposed to sunlight, would mysteriously solidify into very hard and durable coatings. Consequently we are still able to observe the mummified remains of some of their most sacred dead, thousands of years after their interment.

What is new is the level to which science and technology have been able to refine this naturally occurring phenomenon into a highly effective industrial tool. It is no exaggeration to say that this “tool” is truly revolutionizing the way we manufacture virtually every kind of product on the market today or on the drawing board for tomorrow.

This revolution has been gathering momentum for at the past 30 years. UV technology has become a major driving force for competitive industrial improvement for many large and small companies worldwide. Surprisingly, in spite of this fact, many people remain unaware of its existence or its value.

So, what exactly is this revolution about and why is it revolutionary? In a nutshell, “revolution” is the operative word here because uv curing technology truly provides cutting edge advantages to industrial challenges that would be impossible by any other means. We are talking about a method of instantly changing a liquid to a solid simply by exposing that liquid to an intense ultraviolet light.

The liquid, specially formulated of 100% solids plus a photo-reactive photo-initiator, is activated only when exposed to a specific range of UV light. The resulting photo reaction occurs at the speed of light, affecting an almost instant cure. It does not take a proverbial rocket scientist to imagine the potential for this breakthrough technology.

In addition to the “cure speed” factor, UV curable coatings are also super clean and super efficient: zero solvents to flash off and degrade the environment, zero hazardous materials to avoid, zero water to evaporate, zero energy draining bake cycles and zero time-dependant catalysts to mix. There is no out-gassing, no shrinkage, no waiting time and absolutely no waste from prematurely cured material.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this technology is the fact that it can be formulated into unique hybrids. Unlike conventional resins each of which require a unique cure mechanism, UV curable materials, from epoxies to urethanes, polyurethanes to acrylates, all share the same cure mechanism: ultraviolet light. What that means is that UV coatings can be created by incorporating the best characteristics of, for example, an epoxy, with the best characteristics of a urethane and so on and so on. The possibilities are endless. Truth is that some of these hybrid coatings are already leading the way in hard, scratch resistant coatings designed to protect all manner of products. It might surprise you to discover that this technology is already heavily integrated into many commonly used products, for example: scratch resistant eyeglass coatings, window film, cell phones, pager windows, watch crystals, all kinds of electronics, concrete, hard wood or vinyl flooring, furniture, compact discs, credit cards, and beverage cans…the list is enormous and continually expanding.

In conclusion, UV technology brings dynamic and revolutionary “tools” to the table of industrial development. It gives manufacturers the ability to dramatically increase production through-put, eliminate waste material, decrease the number of employees and production floor space, thereby improving cost and time efficiency. With the ability to create unique, targeted, hybrid coatings, all in safer, more user-friendly and environmentally safe workplaces, UV technology can favorably affect your industry today.

The fact is the UV Revolution is in full swing. The question is do you want to lead or follow? Don’t lie around like an Egyptian Mummy. In just the speed of light you could solidify your future with UV technology.

For more information on how you can tap into this dynamic technology, call us or better yet come visit us in Torrance. We’re easy guys to work with and we love a new challenge.

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