Consumables-Ink - UV/UV LED Offset

Continuous Change, Continuous Challenge
February 1, 2010

For LogoTech (Fairfield, N.J.), UV printing has been a way of life since its inception. Although UV colors are often vibrant and cleanup simplified, there are environmental considerations to address.

Ink-Substrate Interactions...
August 1, 2009

Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of ink-substrate interactions: desirable and undesirable. Desirable ink-substrate interactions are defined by their outcome: satisfactory ink adhesion; appropriate scuff-, weather-, or moisture-resistance; light-fastness, color-fastness, printability, etc. Undesirable interactions fail on one or more counts.

Time To Shine...
April 1, 2009

Round up of the latest offerings in UV inks and coatings for enhancing durability and high-end graphics.

January 3, 2007

Xaar extends its relationship with Agfa Graphics with the approval of one of the company’s UV-curable inks for use with the OmniDot 760 printhead, which was co-developed between Xaar and Agfa. Agfa specifically developed the Xaar range of UV-curable general purpose inks to achieve effective jetting of vibrant and lightfast colours to guarantee high-quality, durable results for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications. Formulated using high-quality pigments with high fade-resistance, the ink ensures long-lasting results in outdoor applications. Its fast-curing capability enables high-productivity and offers excellent adhesion and a tough, scratch-resistant finish on a wide range of rigid and flexible substrates. This

To UV or Not to UV. . .
November 1, 2006

UV inks are commonly used in package-printing applications. So much so that Don Duncan, director of R&D, Wikoff Color Corp., thinks it’s about time to rephrase how we reference ink categories. In referring to water-based and solvent-based inks, he says, “I use the phrase ‘so-called conventional’ because UV inks are now so common that they are no longer ‘unconventional.’ We need a new word for the mixture of oil-based, water-based, or solvent-based inks that UV is replacing. How about ‘old-technology.’” The term “old technology” might not fly (Duncan admits that it’s “a little over-the-top”), but the point is well made. UV inks are firmly

Inks That Shrink
August 1, 2006

With the use of shrink-sleeve labeling for product decoration growing at a double-digit rate, suppliers of shrink film inks are developing a steady stream of products to carve out a piece of the action. But in addition to the normal adhesion issues that are common with non-porous film applications, shrink inks have several other factors to contend with that make their development more challenging. Some of these issues include distortion (cracking, delamination, etc.), blocking, coefficient of friction (COF), and in food and beverage applications, low odor. Demanding applications Shrink labeling is growing in popularity because it offers brand managers at least two advantages. It

Special Inks Make Cents
June 1, 2006

Specialty inks are just that—special. They can perform a multitude of functions for a package or its contents—from protection to jazzing it up, providing enhanced value in form, function, or both. In discussing this topic with Bob Lorenz, vice president of business development for Sun Chemical, what comes across loud and clear is the excitement that this category can generate, even when looking at the specialty inks that are more functional in nature. Sun Chemical offers a full gamut of specialty inks that can meet virtually any need. One can just imagine a brand manager sitting across from Lorenz as he runs down

UV - It's Good ... But Be Careful
November 1, 2005

UV inks are a great addition to the world of flexographic printing, but knowing the simple do's and don'ts will keep converters' blood pressure under control. AHHH, ULTRAVIOLET (UV) flexographic printing … it's great! The use of UV materials in general, is making the printing market a bit more rewarding for some, as long as they are used correctly in particular applications. For instance, there are different rules for medical applications than for food applications. packagePRINTING spoke with some experts in the field to find out what printers need to know to incorporate UV flexographic printing in their arsenal. You are what you eat