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Evaluation of UV-Curable Coatings for Aluminum Can Production Case Study
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This study was initiated to review the literature and technology applicable to coating beverage cans, to confirm previous assumptions made about the low air emissions impact of the UV can printing process, to determine energy estimates for thermal and UV process, and to assess cost effectiveness of the top two competing technologies. Results have indicated that the techniques that are most applicable to can printing are the solvent ink and high solids overvarnish printing with thermal curing, or the UV based ink and overvarnish printing with UV curing. Overall, the UV process is significantly lower in energy usage than the thermal process with or without incinerator controls. This is true for the direct consumption of energy at the production site alone, or for the additional impact of energy requirements at the power utility feeding electricity to the can plant.
Brady, R. E. Jr; Kowal, J.; Johnson, D. H.; Donhowe, E. T. (1998). Evaluation of UV-Curable Coatings for Aluminum Can Production Case Study. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from