Packaging printing is the next opportunity for UV LED technology.
Stacy Hoge, Marcom Specialist, Phoseon Technology11.01.14
UV LED curing continues to grow at a rapid pace, with broad usage across digital inkjet printing, adhesives and coatings. As it moves further into the more traditional printing processes of flexographic and screenprinting, the UV LED ecosystem is creating low-migration processes that will enable food packaging to become the next major market that realizes UV LED curing benefits.
What is Low Migration?
“The term ‘low migration’ packaging is commonly used to designate materials used in the packaging structure whose components will not migrate, or move, from the packaging into the product.” (Sun Chemical http://www.sunchemical.com/low-migration-inks-and-coatings/) It is very important to point out that low migration is not about an ink, but about a process. The process includes the following: press, substrates, ink, curing, rollers/screens (in case of flexography/screen respectively), ink film thickness, color print order and max ink deposition.
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