A day in the life of John Krispin, production manager at AxelRad Custom Screen Printing in Wilkes-Barre.

WILKES-BARRE — It’s 8 a.m. on a cold, sunny morning and contractors are preparing to install a new metal roof at AxelRad Contract Screen Printing in Wilkes-Barre, a space the company moved into just over a year ago. I enter the building, and walk onto the production floor where I’m greeted by two printers. I approach printing veteran Mike Butry of Wilkes-Barre and ask him for his title. “We don’t really have titles,” Butry says. “We’ve all been friends for a really long time.” The boss is an astute looking 31-year-old named John Krispin. He looks astute because of his black framed glasses, but he’s dressed for work in a factory during winter, wearing black canvas pants, a fleece jacket and a winter hat. He’s expecting me, and I walk to shake his hand. “Watch that,” Krispin says pointing to several open buckets of ink. “Don’t get any of that ink on you. It won’t come off.” Thanking him for the warning, I watch him take a cursory glance over the production floor. He leads me to a receiving area, where he spends a portion of his day getting jobs ready for print. Krispin is the production manager of the company owned by Dave Maloney, of Exeter, and Matt Trievel, of Bethlehem, and he...

New UV LED Package Product Trends at RadTech UV+EB 2016

LEDinside had an opportunity to speak to top UV LED manufacturers at RadTech UV+EB 2016, which took place from May 16-18 in Chicago, U.S. this year. A lot of UV LED manufacturers launched their products at the show, which can be classified into three major technologies UV LED package, epoxy resin, photoinitiators, and other related materials and modules. Top UV-A LED manufacturer Nichia’s products has mainly been supplying high end quartz glass substrate based products and silicon adhesive glass packages with high Cost/ Performance ratio that are used in oil-based printing, and epoxy curing market applications. High end quartz LED package products NVSU233A that have a dimension of 35 mm x35 mm have a wavelength emission of 365 nm-405 nm. When driven under 1,000 mA current it can reach an efficacy of 1,400 mW. The company aims to improve luminous efficacy by 40% by first quarter of 2017.  The second promoted product is the more efficient NVSU119C, which is also a 35 mm x35 mm size package product with a wavelength performance of 375 nm-405 nm, and can reach 1,340 mW at 700 mA. The NVSU119C has a higher cost/performance ratio, and the company aims to raise luminous efficiency by 2...