.: What goes on here ...
Kinetic Instruments was one of the pioneers of LED technology
for the dental industry back in the early 90's. When the semiconductor industry
started to turn their attention to the quest for solid state lighting, we turned
our attention to the UV devices that were a prerequisite for white light. Over
the years, many companies consulted with us requesting design and manufacturing
capabilities for some very specialized applications using UV cured adhesives.
.: ... and what resulted
As the application list grew larger, so did the product
design variations. Some stuff was only done for a particular customer under
private label agreements. Some of the remaining designs became somewhat popular
and are shown on this page. Almost all of the packages from high powered 15 watt
to 2 watt can be custom built with specific wavelength emitters or, when
available, a mixture of wavelengths. As the UV LED development follows a Moore's
curve ... so will we.
.: What you can get ...
Basically, whatever you want ... within reason, naturally.
Our capabilities include CNC machining, Swiss screw machining, cost effective
injection molding, low to medium quantity assembly, electronic design, PCB
design, graphic arts for support literature and, of course, all of the brain
work that goes into everything. Just in case that goes on overload, we are also
affiliated with a travel agency!! So, let your imagination go and then give us a
This is a really neat package. The SpotCure-B2 is designed to be
a soldering iron. You pick up the curing probe and the
goes on. We won't tell you how it
works so you can have something to think
about. Actually, the
instructions tell you in case you don't like puzzles. Light
generation emitter uses nine discrete LEDs in an optical array. Since the
discrete packages are a very common configuration, various
are available. We can even mix wavelengths if desired. Comes complete
with a 120V wall
transformer for electrical power.
Looks allot like the SpotCure-B2. Yes, exactly. However, this
little guy packs
a much bigger punch ... 6 watts instead of 2.
Just so you don't get confused,
that 6 watts is the electrical power
consumption, not radiant energy. The
emitters in a B6 are varied dependent upon wavelength but most commonly
single high intensity large footprint chip on-board a ceramic
Beam divergence is a little wider than a B2 but the
radiant energy is much
greater. The unit can be set to give an audible signal at
10, 20, 30, 40, 50
or 60 seconds. Operation can also be foot controlled or with a PLC.
Yes, you guessed it ... 15 watts. However, unlike the B2 and B6,
this model is
the industrial daddy. Functionality is controlled by an
internal MCU and settings
are digitally displayed. What's
sharp about the B15 is its looks ... very high tech.
because the B15 is high tech. A brand new 4 chip emitter design with
integral quartz lens and special paraboloid-ellipsoid reflector. You
want to look that term up on the internet. For
all you optical guys, you would
know ... sorry. The new emitter is only used at 405nm. For the 365nm probes,
single or quad chip designs are used. For 460nm, a high intensity dental
The SpotCure-H is a traditional design that has been around
for decades. It uses
a UV enhanced halogen light source with
an integral elliptical dichroic reflector.
In other words, just a
regular halogen projector lamp. However, we did make some
improvements to the lamp and filter and managed to squeak
out 20% more UV
than competitive equipment. The nice thing
about halogen sources is their wide
emission spectrum from
about 280nm all the way to 480nm. With all the present
hype about LEDs, many people overlook the simple and more economical units
like the SpotCure-H in favor of higher technology that may not work any better.
The "C" in this case stands for "Cordless", if you were
uses the identical emitter probe that
attaches to the B2 except that the unit is
A series of NiMH high density cells in a removable module is
what provides the power. Sort of like a cordless electric drill. When the
need to be charged, the module is simply plugged into a charger using any 120
volt AC outlet. Using the same discrete LED array design, the C can also have
various emitter combinations or even a mixture of wavelengths. And, a real nifty
is a bright white light inspection probe ... VERY bright.
You seriously have to experience this sleek design. Direct from
industry where design is everything. SpotCure-G is
also battery operated but
with Li-Ion cells to handle the 6 watt
emitter. This unit is probably the most
versatile in that the
power source is capable of running various different kinds
emitters. The one we use for the dental industry is 460nm
but we have
installed 40mm diameter discrete arrays as well as high power multi-chip devices
at 365nm. In addition to being a convenient storage place, the base unit has a
built-in battery charge monitor which shows charging progress.
We actually won a design award for this model. Yeah, we know, ...
Anyway, the SpotCure-P can store two different
probes on the console.
The most common configuration is a
UV probe together with that VERY bright
white inspection probe we
mentioned above. Some customers choose a 405nm
a 365nm probe ... whatever. The SpotCure-P is also battery operated
but it is not cordless. In this case we use NiCad. Similar to the B2, the probes
on when they are removed from the storage cradle. A unique sensor
turns on the probe when it detects the ambient room light.
We generally think of theSpotCure-F as "funky" instead of what it really
which is foot-controlled. Several years ago, a customer asked us to make
unit that would not take up any bench top space. So, we
stuck the power supply
under the bench with the probe in a
holder on the front edge of the bench.
They liked it. So much
for different tastes ... but they had a hundred benches !!
At 2 watts, the SpotCure-F easily cures easy-to-cure adhesives, uses
probes as B2 and is foot controlled ... we said that. Oh, remember that VERY
bright illuminator we mentioned? It also can be attached to this model.
Don't look directly at this thing. It would be like putting your
face right up to a
car headlight. In dentistry it is called a
diagnostic transilluminator and can, in
some cases, replace the
need for x-rays by permitting a dentist to "see" defects
in tooth structure just with bright light. In the rest of the world it can be used for
thousands of inspection applications. One of the first, about
30 years ago, was a
shop that only rebuilt carburetors. They
used it to see into the small spaces. At
that time we used a miniature quartz-halogen lamp. Today, with all the progress
in solid state lighting we use LEDs ... VERY bright ones. Color temp., 6000°K.
Bm was actually conceived years ago in the 1980s when our engineers took a
halogen dental curing light and decided to reverse the output from zero IR 460nm
blue light to max IR zero blue. Perhaps they were bored. It seems the purpose
the IR output to activate heat shrink tubing for in-house electronic assembly.
we wound up with a government issue 10,000 dollar heat gun. Apparently, what
they didn't know at the time was the advent of SMT technology. With only a 100
halogen "IR enhanced" source, the device could easily remove and reflow a new
component in a few seconds. The "B" stands for "Bench model" ... definitely, at
16 lbs !
The I-Rad Bxm is
designed to work along side the Bm as an au'x'illiary or e'x'tension
or e'x'tra. Whatever you want to call it, the tools incorporated are REALLY
First, to clean up solder from any messy pads there is a variable duty soldering
What's that? It's new. We invented it. A 50 watt iron that changes up to a 100
iron depending upon the heat load ... definitely unique. Second, and most
is a positive displacement solder paste dispenser. Surely not something you can
your local hardware store. About the size of the soldering pencil, this
is comfortably capable of placing 10mil x 10mil paste dots. Try that with
anything else !!!
This is the device we mentioned in the I-Rad B discussion. That's probably why
similar to a dental curing light. The 100 watt halogen IR source is easily
removing most smaller SMT devices in a matter of seconds. As an option, the
11mm fiberoptic probe can be replaced with a turbo 8mm that will narrow the IR
emission so that even a single 0603 package can be removed without affecting any
close neighbors. Also very handy for complicated double sided SMT PCBs where a
component on one side needs to be replaced and not disturb a device directly
And, you can use the G on heat shrink tubing while holding the wires in your
There is so much versatility in LiteStyx that it is somewhat difficult to know
where to start.
how about appearance ... it is not that "pretty". LiteStyx was not designed to
photo shoot, instead to be rugged enough to use in a machine shop where it will
even if covered in oil or water. Aside from being tough, it produces intense
white light from
separate LED emitters providing nice shadow-free illumination. The "Styx"
easily bendable to any convenient position, available in 12", 18", and 24"
6000°K, variable intensity, 8 mounting positions,
2-hour auto-off mode, solid aluminum
base, low voltage operation, class 5 efficiency and the device is affordable.
What else ??
Just in case you were wondering about the pictures of
Loctite © adhesive bottles, we are NOT
affiliated with them in any way but we find our
applications work best with their materials.
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