Final session offers talks on inkjet, packaging ingredients, drupa and printed electronics.
David Savastano, Editor11.03.16
As has been the case for the past few years, the annual National Printing Ink Research Institute’s (NPIRI) Technical Conference has closed with a session on new technologies. This year, the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) gathered talks centered on topics ranging from inkjet, liquid barrier polymers and drupa to new press technologies and printed electronics.
Jim Lambert of INX International Ink Co. opened the session with an entertaining look at inkjet technologies. He shared a number of samples, from labels and shrink sleeves to cans, showing the capabilities of inkjet printing on many substrates.
“Inkjet printers can be engineered to print on a wide variety of substrates,” Lambert said. “At 1200 dpi, it is now competitive with offset quality.”
Lambert noted that inkjet inks have to be specially formulated to achieve their best effects.
“The inks can not dry in nozzles, and must maintain
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