New aNIR®-BAT-Systems – Best Available Technology in Coil Processing

In coil coating, galvanizing, pickling or other coil processing applications, the drying and thermal processes are key contributors to the healthy bottom line of business.

With more than 20 years’ experience in thermal processing, adphos Thermal Processing GmbH, is proud to introduce aNIR®-BAT technology, the Best Available Technology in Coil Processing, which ensures the utmost in speed, efficiency, and profitability in coil processing – and guarantees the lowest CO2-emissions.

aNIR®-BAT allows:

  • • Extremely compact and dynamic operations beyond that of all other technologies
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“New aLITE®” – Zero CO2 Emissions and even lower Energy Operation Costs than Gas Convection Systems

For decades fossil fired convection driers/ovens have been applied in most processing lines.

Whether for flexo, gravure, heat set or screen – printing presses or wet-coating processing of adhesives, lacquering, infiltrations hotair driers have been the industry standard. Even though these driers build large, are not very dynamic and not very flexible for process variation adjust-ments – but low energy operation costs due to the low gas price to electricity price – ratio (mostly < 1/3 even down to sometimes < 1/5!).

So electro-thermal, like induction or infrared process systems have not been competitive. What makes

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adphos thermal processing technology is further adapted in battery manufacturing

In 2021 several thermal process lab and pilot systems for different, even multilayer, battery coating applications and a first high speed separator coating drying system to a leading Asian customer, has been delivered.

Early this year also two aNIR-drying and thermal processing systems for production of sheet fed based battery (electrodes), with a productivity of up to 500 components/h, have been successfully started. Drying and thermal process requirements with adphos proprietary aNIR solutions have been reduced from several minutes/component down to less than 3 seconds (!). This

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adphos aLITE® – processing integrated in multilayer 3D-battery and energy storage production

Complex multilayer production process consisting of electronical and insulation conduction layers, anode/cathode layers, sealings and electrolyte paste based layers, either solvent or water-based, with wet coating thicknesses between a few microns (≤ 15 µm) up to several hundred (even ≥ 500 µm) are dried and sintered with coatings/layers adapted aLITE® process steps, all within one-digit seconds (even partially ≤ 1 s). The conventional drying and post-processing´s (heat and/or sintering) for these coatings would require minimum 30 s up to several minutes. The tremendous space savings

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Innovative technology for a sustainable future

Sustainability in our industry has become a focal point as end users expect transparency and change.

In this article, Joseph Link talks about how the textile & apparel industry has neglected its environmental responsibility for too long. As we look towards the future of printing, the adphos Group continues to push the boundaries in revolutionary ways.

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Another adphos instantaneous drying solution for battery production lines

Again, a leading Asian battery company has selected adphos proprietary aNIR® – drying solution for its new processing lines.

This time the drying of barrier coatings for battery separators on temperature sensitive polymer films will be realized in the new production lines with aNIR®-driers. The aNIR®-driers enable here drying processes in a fraction of a second, compared of today required 5 to even 10 s with convection dryer-based solutions. With a dryer space requirement of only 10 % of the conventional dryer sizes, now even very compact and low-tension vertical coating lines can

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adphos propriety aNIR®-technology enables high quality, high performance Inkjet Printing for a lower cost as for offset printing

Thanks to the company own developed and widely patented advanced NIR (aNIR®) drying technology from adphos, now inkjet printing solutions can be offered that closes the gap with analog offset printing.

aNIR® enables inkjet printing that offers offset quality at a speed of 150 m/min on glossy papers with high ink coverage at top speed.

All that at costs lower than offset at higher run-length as in the past.

The aNIR®-drying technology allows an ink, ink coverage, substrate, material and format dependent intrinsic dryer power adjustment. So lowest, today’s dryer power configurations and lowest

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aNIR-enables zero carbon coil coating operation

Today´s coil coating lines emit large amount of CO2 (up to 20,000 t/a per line), resulting from the installed gas fired ovens for drying and curing of chemcoatings, primers and finish coatings. adphos company own developed propriety aNIR-technology now enables the drying and curing offered standard coatings (chemcoatings, organic primers and finish coating), completely CO2 free due to its intrinsic electro-thermal working principle.

Thanks to the unique working principle of the aNIR-technology:

  • • instantaneous drying and curing within 2 – 4 s,
  • • adjustable power depending on coating
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aNIR-Battery Electrode Processing – A game changer in battery cell production

adphos Thermal Processing GmbH (ATP), a specialist in drying and surface processing, has developed a new drying solution for anode and cathode water based and solvent based coatings.

The “aNIR-Battery Electrode Processing” allows a complete electrode coating drying, ten times faster and with only a fraction of drying power, down to 10 % of the present standard convection based drying solutions. Based on the company own development advanced NIR (aNIR)-platform technology, with the propriety “aNIR-Battery Electrode Processing”, an electrode coating up to 150 µm thickness can be dried

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adphos aNIR dryers now proven to increase productivity of HP T-Series presses

Upgrade kits for T200, T300, and T400 series inkjet presses enable printers to increase their printing speeds by up to 60% and finishing speeds by up to 100%

Dozens of HP T-presses of 20-, 30- and 40-inch printing width have been installed in the past decade. Many of these have been upgraded with adphos dryers for increased productivity. adphos was approached by numerous HP T-press users and asked whether an aNIR dryer could increase the drying capabilities, running speeds and ROI of their inkjet presses. Adphos developed a series of solutions and successfully installed them on all width variations.

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