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Radiometer aids process control in broad spectrum or LED-based UV curing

The new DYMAX ACCU-CAL 160 Radiometer from Intertronics is an essential tool for users of UV curing processes, where both validating and subsequent monitoring of the lamp output is vital to consistent production quality. It is designed to be used with both benchtop flood curing lamps and conveyorised systems, and comes in two versions for either broad spectrum or LED-based UV curing lamps.

The radiometer will help process and quality engineers understand the curing energy of their lamps, and to ensure that their emissions are maintained within the required parameters. This is vital to full and consistent curing of light curing materials such as adhesives, coatings, potting compounds, inks, etc.

The ACCU-CAL 160 simplifies cure process validation, and is recommended for checking curing lamps where bulbs will need replacing over time due to normal degradation. Suitable for outputs up to 10W/cm², it can be used to determine intensity (measured in mW/cm²) or total energy or dose as derived from intensity and exposure time (measured in mJ/cm²). It features an extended calibration cycle of 12 month intervals.

The ACCU-CAL 160 may also be used to measure the light transmission rates of various wavelengths through substrates that absorb UV and/or visible light. To assure an effective curing process it is critical to measure the light intensity reaching the bondline below the intervening substrate, so ensuring consistent production quality resulting in reduced scrap and increased output.

The unit is simple to operate and can be controlled manually via four buttons on the faceplate or by a USB remote interface. Measurement results are displayed on the integrated LCD display or transmitted by the USB remote interface to a computer.

Intertronics

INTERTRONICS supplies a comprehensive range of bonding and protective materials – together with the associated consumables and equipment – to customers in high technology, high performance assembly industries – including electronics, medical device, plastics, optical, automotive, energy, defence and aerospace.

INTERTRONICS supplies adhesives, coatings, sealants and equipment to customers with high technology, high performance assembly applications. Our customers are manufacturers in industries such as electronics, medical devices, plastics, optical, automotive, energy, defence and aerospace.

We specialise in adhesives and adhesive systems, namely bonding, coating, sealing, encapsulating, potting, masking and gasketing products, together with the most appropriate equipment and accessories for surface preparation, mixing, application, dispensing, and curing them. The provision of insightful technical and applications guidance is a cornerstone of our business. We help you find the optimal materials and processes for the manufacture, assembly or repair of your products, safeguarding and enhancing performance and integrity and, in turn, your profitability and reputation.

Ever since being established in 1979, when our main market was the printed circuit board assembly industry, we have enjoyed a reputation for customer focus, excellent service and post-sales support. We now supply over 3,000 regular customers, including multinational manufacturers, production facilities, specialist design and development businesses, universities, training organisations and government establishments.

Our Technology Centre, located in Oxfordshire with excellent road and rail links, is custom-designed for hands-on demonstrations and trials, hosted by our product specialists.

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