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Bottle and cup printing lamps


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Bottle and cup printing lamps

Numerous plastic parts are decorated using ultraviolet inks/coatings. These include all non-absorbent substrates common to the market including PE, PP, ABS, PS, PET and PVC. All types of plastic components can be printed/decorated with UV including those produced by injection, extrusion and blow-molding. Items include cups, lids, buckets, caps, tubes, bottles, pails and tops. Specific products include toothpaste tubes, margarine tubs, cosmetic containers, pens, markers, yogurt & sour cream cups, eyeglass lenses and drink bottles.

For low volume pail, bucket and bottle printing, process is screen-printing or pad printing. Curing is carried out in an offline UV conveyor/dryer. For high volume lid and plastic cup printing, application is by dry offset printing. This is also known as reverse letterpress. High volume curing is typically accomplished on machine.

Adhesion to plastic is easier said than done. To solve this dilemma most UV curing lines incorporate some kind of surface treatment such as corona or flame, prior to application of the ink. Ultraviolet inks are typically applied via offset, pad or screen with a UV cure lamp for each color.

Normally, container decorating (lids, cups, etc.) requires high production line speeds. The tapered design of containers and cups allow parts to be manipulated on supporting mandrels. Each mandrel is rotated while the container contacts a printing plate and advances to a UV curing station. The mandrel again rotates under a UV lamp and the process continues to the next printing station. Speeds up to 600 parts per minute can be attained with multicolor printing and ultraviolet curing. Machinery incorporating this technique includes Van Dam and Polytype.

To attain production curing speed, operation of UV curing lamps at 300 to 500 watts per inch is required. The curing speed is generally dependent on:

Reflector design: focused or unfocused

· Number and power of the UV lamps

· Thickness of the printed ink

· Color or shade of the ink

· Plastic substrate

The most popular lamp for cup/bottle printing is the standard mercury (Hg) lamp. It is long lived, lower cost and performs well over a wide range of coatings.

Most ultraviolet lamps used for bottle/cup printing are air cooled hence they must live with whatever air is provided. Lamps must be kept clean. All types of dust, powder, grease, smoke and misting ink must be cleaned from lamp. A small investment in cleaner cooling air will go a long way reducing maintenance costs. Often shop contaminants will blow over the lamp sticking to the quartz literally baking onto the surface. This reduces UV energy and may cause bulb overheating. Bulbs and reflectors should be inspected every 100 hours of operation. If lamp has external contamination or reflector surface is dull, clean or replace immediately! Use a lint free cloth with Windex or Simple Green to clean. Don't waste your money on special UV lamp cleaners as they have dubious value! If solvents are permitted, use isopropyl alcohol. For extreme cases use a mild abrasive such as Soft Scrub to clean the UV lamp. Be sure to rinse any residue off the glass before reinstalling lamp.

Always allow lamp to cool and disconnect all power prior to any cleaning.

TCS Technologies’ UV curing lamps are directly interchangeable with most UV printing equipment including American M&M, Metal Box, Polytype, Van Dam, Kase Equipment, Isimat, Newman Equipment and Osmo. Over the years we have built a reputation for delivering performance, dependability, quality and value. Our UV curing lamps (bulbs) are designed for optimal dryer performance and output quality.  Here is a partial listing of plastic bottle and cup UV lamps:


Metal Box OSMO Polytype Van Dam
Kase Equipment Desco UV-TOP Isimat
Newman Equipment

Typical OEM specific ultraviolet curing lamps include:

MB426 UVL426C MB1235 Mono-Jumbo
AM3227X MB1163 PM1235 PM426
MB426C 150BTZ/DF 6kva 150BTZ/DF 8kva MCTZ8015
MB1163SW 6810A446 HC402A06 6806A443
6807A444 PM411 UVH-2436-258 UVH-2437-254
ISI 2219/45 080-2587 060-2538 8MD
8MD2 ISI 1019/25 M200U/A PM1163
AM3127X UVL426MB HC402A06 AQM3141X
SLI 106CDT182 SLI 79 UVT3300 ACT310
UV-8 HT-6260 HT-5260


22-250G 200BTZ/DF 080-258VL 36-150
6812A431 PM1164 E94725A T-55010
6825A431 E95562

Common UV lamps used in plastic cup printing

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As a convenient, cost effective option, TCS Technologies provides replacement reflectors for Metal Box curing systems. TCS Technologies offers spectrally enhanced, highly polished aluminum with a reflectivity rating of 93%. This compares favorably to most OEM reflectors with only an 85% reflectivity. Since 65 percent of the UV energy reaching the substrate is reflected light; UV reflector maintenance is a simple way to guarantee your UV system is running at maximum efficiency. Designed to focus and maximize UV exposure on the substrate; it is essential to keep liners clean and replace them when the reflector's finish is diminished.

Special note to owners of high power “sausage” lamps:

As a UV lamp manufacturer there are several lamp designs we are not fans of. These are the low voltage high current lamps distributed by UViterno, SLI and others. Unfortunately, from a UV lamp manufacturer’s prospective, many bottle and cup printers use these bulbs. Typically 6,000 and 8,000 watts, we call them sausage lamps because of the 40mm lamp diameter. If you have these machines you know why: lamps are expensive and have a short life. The problem is not so much with the power, rather how they go about obtaining power. Frankly instead of using standard ballast, companies relied on a series of cheap chokes. Money was saved on the equipment but resulted in a poor lamp design. Wall loading (amount of power per unit area) is high placing a great deal of strain on the quartz. Owing to these factors, lamps are expensive, warranties and life are short. In our professional opinion, there are better ways of obtaining high UV output rather than “sausage” lamps.

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