Materials

Materials

New material products from: Advanced Polymers Intl., Avery Dennison, CPChem, Econo Products Inc., H.B. Fuller, Kraton Polymers, Teknor Color Co., Transilwrap Co. Inc., and Wisdom Adhesives.

Materials

New products from: Akzo Nobel Inks, Contract Converting LLC, Eckart America L.P., Flex America Inc., Flint Ink, Leonhard Kurz GmbH & Co., MeadWestvaco Corp., UVitec Printing Ink, and Water Ink Technologies Inc.

FTIR Spectroscopy Means Faster, More Reliable Analysis

Although I didn't appreciate it at the time, as I was going to college in the 1960s, major changes were taking place in analytical instrumentation.

Good Advice Is Key When Purchasing UV/EB Inks

With costs coming down and application possibilities going up, converters are talking about UV (ultraviolet)/EB (electron beam) inks. But before you stop

Fit for Use

Hard and strong or soft and weak, picking the right substrate depends on your application.

Do You Really Want to Color That Adhesive or Coating?

Anyone who has been in the converting business and uses adhesives and coatings has at some time or another asked (or heard someone else ask) the question,

Ink Quality Control Is Complex, But It's Worth the Trouble

Inks are formulated with many different ingredients to produce unique recipes that provide color on your finished printed package. End-use properties,

UV-Curable Jet Inks Are We There Yet?

Ultraviolet-curable inks and coatings have been used in packaging for 30 years. From their humble beginnings in the early 1970s, they now hold significant

A Lesson in Amines Used in Water-Based Products

One of the key ingredients of many water-based inks and coatings are amines. Amines and ammonia are used in water-based products to control pH required

Redefining Plasticizers in Inks and Coatings

The dictionary defines plasticizers as any of various substances added to plastics or other materials to keep them soft or pliable. For the purpose of

Focus on Crosslinking in Fluid Ink Systems

Crosslinkers are an important class of additives ink and coating formulators use to enhance properties. These materials must be selected carefully to

Kurz Transfer Products and General Roll Leaf Expand Partnership

Kurz Transfer Products announces an expanded partnership with General Roll Leaf. According to the co., General Roll Leaf has long offered Kurz foils as an integral part of its product line, but an expanded partnership will benefit the industry.

UV and EB: Making the Trek into Energy Curing

Electron beam accelerator, electrodeless microwave ultraviolet bulbs… Neither of these exotic-sounding expressions figured in a conversation between Captain Kirk and Scottie or Jean Luc Picard and Jordy (though either one certainly sounds as if it could). But all three are part of the “energy curing” language that soon may become part of your operation's vernacular — as you contemplate and/or enter the radiation curing frontier.

Think the Ink You're Using Is A No-Brainer? Think Again.

Well, here we are inside the new millennium and things certainly are complicated, aren't they? Though we entered Y2K without the many catastrophes predicted

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