.: 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 call.


SpotCure-B2                                    more detail

 

This is a really neat package. The SpotCure-B2 is designed to be used like

a soldering iron. You pick up the curing probe and the emitter automatically

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 wavelengths

are available. We can even mix wavelengths if desired. Comes complete

with a 120V wall transformer for electrical power.

 

 

SpotCure-B6                                    more detail

 

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

are a single high intensity large footprint chip on-board a ceramic substrate.

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.

 

SpotCure-B15                                  more detail

 

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.

Good thing, because the B15 is high tech. A brand new 4 chip emitter design with

integral quartz lens and special paraboloid-ellipsoid reflector. You would probably

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 emitter.

 

 

SpotCure-H                                      more detail

 

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.

 

 

SpotCure-C                                      more detail

 

The "C" in this case stands for "Cordless", if you were wondering. SpotCure-C

uses the identical emitter probe that attaches to the B2 except that the unit is

battery operated. 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 batteries

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

optional accessory is a bright white light inspection probe ... VERY bright.

 

 

SpotCure-G                                      more detail

 

You seriously have to experience this sleek design. Direct from the medical

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

of 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.

 

 

SpotCure-P                                      more detail

 

We actually won a design award for this model. Yeah, we know, ... big deal.

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

probe and 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

are turned on when they are removed from the storage cradle. A unique sensor

turns on the probe when it detects the ambient room light.

 

 

SpotCure-F                                       more detail

 

We generally think of theSpotCure-F as "funky" instead of what it really means

which is foot-controlled. Several years ago, a customer asked us to make a

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 the same

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.

 

 

Illuminator                                      more detail

 

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., 6000K.

 

 

I-Rad Bm                                          more detail

 

I-Rad 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 was  to

use the IR output to activate heat shrink tubing for in-house electronic assembly.

So, 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 watt

halogen "IR enhanced" source, the device could easily remove and reflow a new SOIC

component in a few seconds. The "B" stands for "Bench model" ... definitely, at 16 lbs !

 

 

I-Rad Bxm                                        more detail

 

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 unique.

First, to clean up solder from any messy pads there is a variable duty soldering iron.

What's that? It's new. We invented it. A 50 watt iron that changes up to a 100 watt

iron depending upon the heat load ... definitely unique. Second, and most important,

is a positive displacement solder paste dispenser. Surely not something you can buy at

your local hardware store. About the size of the soldering pencil, this inexpensive tool

is comfortably capable of placing 10mil x 10mil paste dots. Try that with anything else !!!

 

 

I-Rad G                                             more detail

 

This is the device we mentioned in the I-Rad B discussion. That's probably why it looks

similar to a dental curing light. The 100 watt halogen IR source is easily capable of

removing most smaller SMT devices in a matter of seconds. As an option, the standard

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 underneath.

And, you can use the G on heat shrink tubing while holding the wires in your hand !!!

 

 

LiteStyx                                             more detail

 

There is so much versatility in LiteStyx that it is somewhat difficult to know where to start.

OK, how about appearance ... it is not that "pretty". LiteStyx was not designed to win a

photo shoot, instead to be rugged enough to use in a machine shop where it will still work

even if covered in oil or water. Aside from being tough, it produces intense white light from

two separate LED emitters providing nice shadow-free illumination. The "Styx" emitters are

easily bendable to any convenient position, available in 12", 18", and 24" lengths, 4500K

or 6000K, 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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