Reduction of solvents improves sustainability, performance.
There is a significant push to grow electron beam (EB) technology in the packaging arena. There are numerous advantages over UV and UV LED, the leading energy curing processes; EB does not require photoinitiators and can eliminate the need for lamination. On the other hand, equipment costs remain the largest hurdle.
Still, the promise of enhanced production efficiencies and sustainability could pay off for converters and their customers. Wikoff Color, in collaboration with numerous partners, is working on bringing Gelflex EB flexo inks to a wider audience. The partners say the time is right for EB flexo to make significant gains in the packaging segment.
Wilson Paduan, partner/R&D director of TechnoSolutions, formulated Gelflex ink systems, with an eye on creating a more environmentally friendly ink.
“The driving force behind the development of Gelflex was sustainability,” said Paduan. “Gelflex was formulated in response to
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