Optoelectronics

UV LED Lamp features smart sensing technology

10th September 2015
Jordan Mulcare

ProPhotonix Limited has announced the launch of the COBRA Cure FX, a UV LED lamp suited to a range of ultra violet (UV) curing applications. COBRA Cure FX is a patent pending, compact, fan-cooled UV LED lamp in a stackable form factor that produces a uniform line with a peak irradiance of 4W/cm2 and peak energy density (dose) of 3 J/cm2. COBRA Cure FX is offered in numerous optical configurations and is available in a range of wavelengths including 365, 385, 395 and 405nm.

LED illumination offers significant benefits versus traditional UV lamps including longer illuminator lifetimes, high stability light output, precise control, thermal management, ozone-free, heavy metal free and lower total cost of ownership. 

The COBRA Cure FX unique design includes a field-replaceable exit window. In certain operating environments, materials can build-up over time on the outer surface of the window which reduces the intensity of the light causing a degradation of system performance. Without this unique design, the operator must manually clean the emitter window which causes machine down time but also causes abrasion damage to the window thus reducing the light's effectiveness during operation.

The field-replaceable window allows fast and efficient changes by non-technical personnel. This innovative patent pending design is easy to use, requires no special tools for window replacement, and ensures that the window is secure during operation, thus minimising system downtime. 

COBRA Cure FX also incorporates IntelliSense, a patent pending new smart sensing technology which provides precise output control, operational intelligence and 'Plug & Play' integration for end users. Sensing features include: real-time thermal monitoring, a necessity ensuring proper system operation; intensity monitoring, providing operating irradiance and efficiency data; lifetime prediction of the lamp, reliability and longevity estimates; and numerous health & safety features. IntelliSense is the state of the art sensing capability in illumination. 

Commenting on the COBRA Cure FX launch, Tim Losik, CEO and President, ProPhotonix, said: "Over the past two years we have assessed various markets and product features and have developed a product strategy focusing on large markets complemented by our design capabilities. To this end, we are concentrating our engineering talents in a couple of specific market areas which we believe are poised for fast market expansion. One of these is the ultra violet LED and laser market, addressing various applications including: printing, curing, 3D printing, bio-luminescence, medical microscopy, and other applications. Market research shows that the 2014 market size for UV LED applications was approximately $90m with projected growth to $500m by 2019, a compound average annual growth rate of nearly 40%. 

"This product redefines the capabilities of the world's best UV LED lamps by increasing the operational capabilities and improving customer ease of use. As this product line develops, we intend to introduce more exciting enhancements and capabilities for users. To protect our intellectual property rights within this product, United States Patent Applications have recently been filed covering several of the unique features of the product design including the capabilities of IntelliSense. We will continue to file patent applications, where appropriate, to protect our expanding intellectual property portfolio." 

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