Major Ikea supplier
in Europe uses UV
LED curing in furniture
High-speed furniture coating line
expands UV-LED uses.
Anew finishing line in Europe was designed to provide UV- LED curing on all positions except the final topcoat cure.
SC Freda has started production on
their new high-speed furniture coating line. Lithuania’s oldest furniture
company specializes in manufacturing
flat-pack furniture from particleboard,
MDF and cellular lightweight construction panels.
The surfaces range from decorated
paper with clear UV varnish to highly
pigmented UV coating systems. SC Freda
is a major supplier for Ikea, and manufactures multiple product series.
To increase their manufacturing
capacity, SC Freda expanded with a
new production operation, featuring a
high-speed production line with UV cur-
ing that complies with Ikea quality and
process control standards. In addition,
sustainability and energy efficiency were
taken into consideration to ensure a
strategic, long-term investment.
Efsen UV and EB Technology is
involved in radiation curing technology,
and has experience in measuring and
integrating UV-curing equipment for a
wide range of applications and industries.
Efsen and Freda have been working
on optimizing UV for many years, and
the discussions about the intelligent
UV line started in 2017. Freda required
cost efficiency, product quality and
maximized production capacity. Their
intention was to implement a modern
and environmentally friendly production
While UV-LED curing in the wood industry is not new, according to Efsen the
current UV-LED curing production lines
are only using a fraction of the capability the UV-LED technology can offer.
Efsen wanted to go one step further, not
limiting the use of UV-LEDs to gelling
positions, which is how UV-LEDs are
used in most lines.
The intention was to change the
whole process to UV-LED curing on all
positions except the final topcoat cure.
The price/performance of conventional
mercury lamps can’t be matched yet for
the final layer, due to the challenges of
formulating price competitive UV-LED
curing coatings that meet the high resistance and color accuracy requirements
of a topcoat.
Curing the sanding sealer with LED