and the answers for: Pressure pad UV exposure units
The Black Box and Axos exposure units are very straightforward machines to use, but like most straightforward products, sometimes it is necessary to provide some background information that will help to clarify initial concerns. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and we hope that these will help you to decide if either one of these products is the machine for your business.
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- What is a UV exposure unit used for?
Any UV processed material such as polymer printing plates for pad and hot foil printing machinery, PCB's, glass engraving stencils and some sign making products can be exposed on the Black Box or Axos UV units.
- Why are the Black Box and Axos units referred to as pressure pad systems?
Dalesway offers two types of exposure device and pressure pad exposure systems are the simplest and most cost effective way to begin working with UV processed materials. A large piece of foam is housed in the lid (on the Black Box) and in the base (on the Axos) and when the lid is closed, a piece of glass is squeezed against the foam to cause contact between artwork and substrate material.
- What kind of artwork should I expose on a pressure pad UV exposure unit?
It is best to keep the artwork simple. Try not to use fonts that are smaller than 12 point and do not incorporate very fine detail and high definition line work into the artwork. Larger solid areas and clear text (sans serif faces) are fine on this type of equipment.
- Can I expose small, high definition designs using a pressure pad UV exposure device?
The simple answer is no. If you need to work with very fine detail, rather invest in a vacuum bed UV exposure unit such as the Xeros range. We offer a number of different sized vacuum bed exposure devices including both single and double sided systems.
- Does it make a difference when the lights are in the lid rather than in the base of the unit?
If a person has never used a UV unit before, then it may make no difference which model is purchased. However, some users prefer one format over the other. When artwork and substrate are put inside the Black Box unit, they must be placed on the exposure glass in the following order – artwork first which will appear to be the wrong way round at this point, and then the substrate. With the Axos unit, due to the fact that the lights are housed in the base, the substrate material is first placed on the foam pressure pad, then the artwork after which the glass lid is closed against the foam pressure pad.
- How do I set the exposure time?
Both units are fitted with a digital timer that can accept and exposure time of up to 500 seconds.
- Are these units easy to use?
Simply plug the unit into the mains, and timer will switch on. Open the lid (two lids on the Axos system) and place the artwork inside the device. Close the lid again, select the exposure time by using the up or down arrow of the touch membrane control panel and then press start. The timer display with then begin to count down the selected exposure time. Once the exposure has finished, the display will return to the time that was originally used.
- What power requirements are needed to use the Black Box and Axos units?
A standard 13 amp domestic plug socket is needed.
- How much space do I need?
Both of these units are the size of a large briefcase hence a relatively small desk or table is the perfect place to operate them.