Ink Enables Increased Efficiency in Flexographic Printing

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Document ID: 
130169
Author(s): 
Rurou Mai, Renmei Xu, Philip D. Ernest, and Grant T. Shouldice
Year: 
2013
Pages: 
12

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Abstract

The current trends in the converted flexible packaging market include increased demand for recyclability, compostability, bio renewable content, reduction in materials and increased production efficiency while maintaining high performance and eye-catching aesthetics. Increased competition and raw material costs have put pressure on both the top and bottom lines making the search for operational efficiencies a matter of priority. A novel ink formulating approach was taken by Flint Group and tested in commercial applications, which increased efficiency as well as enabled high print fidelity at increased press speeds. Our patent-pending formulating approach and ink compositions that enabled reduced cob webbing and plate build-up, improved ink transfer, print fidelity, and color density are discussed in the context of the aforementioned trends and press room benefits.

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