Exploring Material Properties of Friction, COF, Slip, and Slide Angles


Opposing, as they are, friction and slip are key to much of what functions on Earth. Without friction we would not be able to walk, we would slip, and slide with little control. Driving relies on tires to maintain a grip on pavement giving us vehicle control through friction. Brakes control our ability to stop […]

Unveiling the Fundamentals of Polymer Chemistry: A Seminar for UV/EB Professionals

UV & EB Seminar

Meet Gina Martinelli, a Senior Product Development Chemist at Cork Industries, and a leading scientist in the dynamic realm of polymer chemistry. She will be one of the featured speakers at the 2024 RadTech UV & EB Technology & Conference, hosting the UV/EB Professional Short Course seminar on Sunday, May 19,  2024. With a robust career […]

Electron Beam Applications’ Expanding Footprint

Electron Beam Applications Chart

Electron Beam (EB) does a lot of things, but perhaps the most significant one is the ability to break bonds of polymers.  When chemical bonds are broken, they produce free radicals (unpaired valence electrons), which are the drivers of free-radical chemical reactions.   These are the basis of the majority of present-day commercial EB applications.  An […]

Elmer W. Griese, Jr. In Memorium

Elmer Griese, Jr.

It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of our esteemed colleague and friend, Elmer W. Griese, Jr. He was not just a colleague, but a mentor, an educator, and a true class act who dedicated a significant portion of his life to our company.

Metallic Cold Foil Graphics Persuades Shoppers

Cold Foil Label

Rapid Productivity Fuels Growth Growth has come rapidly for productivity improving cold foiling. Foiling is known for its ability to add eye-catching visual effects to all aspects of printing creating brand differentiation. Foiling has proven to be effective in attracting and persuading shoppers to choose one product over another. Cold foiling, first developed in the […]

Shipping, Storing, and Handling Aqueous Coatings in Cold Environments

Aqueous Coatings in Cold Environments

A Guide to Shipping, Storing, and Handling Aqueous Coatings in Cold Environments Aqueous coatings, integral to the graphic arts industry, boast versatility in their thermoplastic or thermosetting formulations, whether in solution or emulsion polymer blends. Predominantly water-based, these coatings contain approximately 60% water along with various property-enhancing components. Storing and handling such aqueous coatings in […]

Notable differences between Aqueous Coatings and UV Coatings

Aqueous UV Coating Differences

Aqueous print coatings and UV (Ultraviolet) print coatings are types of coatings applied to printed materials to enhance their appearance, durability, and other functional properties. First and foremost both Aqueous (water-based) and UV coatings have achieved widespread use in the Graphic Arts Industry as competing top coats. Both offer aesthetic enhancement and protection, adding value […]

Is Cleaning up Forever Chemicals like PFAS on the Horizon?

Cleaning up Forever PFAS Chemicals from Drinking Water

Eradicating PFAS Forever Chemicals? Two exciting research developments from UC Riverside scientists, published in the journal “Nature Water”, have given rise to the hope that “forever chemicals” might be broken down and neutralized. The focus is on the subclass of these chemical products (PFAS) that contain chlorine atoms. New research under the leadership of Professor […]

Cork Welcomes Craig Lavosky!

Craig Lavosky

Cork Industries, Inc. welcomes Craig Lavosky to the team.  Craig will be filling the role of Operations Manager.  Along with operations, he will be overseeing intellectual property management, capital planning, regulatory compliance, and information technology. Craig has interned at Cork Industries as a Manufacturing Associate on the plant floor, learning and assisting with the manufacturing […]

Mystery of Drying Aqueous Coatings

Aqueous Coating

It’s well known and understood that washed clothing dries when the wash water is evaporated.  Similarly, paint dries when the diluent solvent is evaporated, leaving a film of dry paint solids. Aqueous coatings dry as volatile components (mainly water), about 60% of the typical formula composition, evaporate or are absorbed by a porous substrate.  Coalescence […]