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LED technology ideal for medical device assembly

LED technology ideal for medical device assembly

By BizLED Bureau

Aug 14, 2017: Lighting design engineers must keep a track of new technologies in device manufacturing and assembly that can are cost-effective and energy saving as well.

LED light-curing technology is a new technology that is becoming popular in the medical device industry, helping manufacturers to maintain the quality of their products as well as reducing costs and energy consumption.

The medical device manufacturing industry is adopting LED for several reasons. LED light-curing technology is becoming so popular that it may replace UV light-curing technology in medical device assembly because of its energy and manufacturing efficiency advantages.

One major advantage is that LED light-curing equipment requires lower temperatures to get a full cure as compared to other conventional lamps. Cooler curing temperatures help to achieve better thermal management, which is possible with LED curing equipment’s narrow wavelength spectrum emission. This generates less thermal rise, which is important for preserving the integrity of heat-sensitive substrates.

Since there is less fluctuation in temperature during the curing process, it helps LED curing equipment to maintain a more stable intensity. This, in the process, helps manufacturers improve their process controls with consistent curing for more uniform, reliable results.

Moreover, with no bulbs to change, LED-curing equipment can offer up to 20,000 hours of reliable use. Not only does this cuts down the costs of bulb replacement, but also reduces downtime. On the other hand, the equipment runs for much longer time and doesn?t require costly maintenance.

One such LED-curing system is the BlueWave QX4, which is unique in the fact that each of the four LED heads can be a different wavelength and controlled independently of the others. Essentially it?s like getting four spot-cure systems in one. This capability is ideal for products that need to be bonded in multiple places using adhesives that cure at different wavelengths. Manufacturers can also do their pre-production testing using just one system instead of three, saving them valuable space in their labs. Another differentiating feature of this system is that it uses LED wands to deliver the curing energy to specific bond areas. The LED is located in the wand instead of in the curing system for efficient delivery of curing energy. This also allows users to add wand cable extensions as necessary to deliver energy to extended distances from the controller.

 

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