UV Growth Continues Unabated

UV Coatings Growth

Growth of UV Ink in the Global Printing Ink Market UV Ink as a component of the global printing ink market has been forecast to grow at a 15.7% CAGR between 2015-2020 to reach $3.5 billion in 2020. Currently the global market for UV coatings has a value of $3,430. million with a future forecast […]

Differences Between Aqueous and UV Coatings

Coating Differences

First and foremost both Aqueous (water-based) and UV coatings have achieved wide spread use in the Graphics Arts Industry as competing top coats. Both offer aesthetic enhancement and protection, adding value to a variety of printed products.

Poly (PE) Replacement Barrier Coatings and Test Methods

Barrier Coatings

Why Replace Petroleum Based Extrusion Coated Polyethylene? More and more printers and converters are responding to requests for paper and paperboard coatings that can replace petroleum based extrusion coated polyethylene (PE) or Poly Replacement. Alternative barrier coating products that are safe for the environment are in favor due to brand marketers, legislative, political and consumer […]

Inkjet, The Engine behind Digital Printing Growth

Digital Printing

Growth of Digital Printing Digital printing has advanced continually since its introduction in the 1970’s. Electrophotography and inkjet having been the beneficiaries of the majority of development money spent on printing technology. Great improvements have followed in speed, quality, reliability, and scalability leading to new applications.

Aqueous Coatings: Storing, Handling & Using

Aqueous Coatings

Opening Aqueous Coatings Aqueous coatings may be thermoplastic or thermoset, emulsion or solution polymer blends. The major volatile component is water along with small percentages of other volatile items. Some of these, such as ammonia or amine can evaporate and accumulate in the headspace of a sealed container, therefore opening is best done in a […]

Moisture and Water Vapor Transmission Rates in Packaging

Water Vapor Transmission

WVTR & MVTR Permeation Many packaged products are sensitive to moisture. Therefore, control of water vapor into or out of the package is critical to the contained product’s quality. The permeability of packaging materials has a direct effect on a packages performance in terms of the contained products shelf-life. This permeation by moisture is measured […]

Aqueous Blister Coatings Printed In-line

Blister Package

Aqueous Blister Coatings Take Over Talk about a market change over! It wasn’t too many years ago that the blister card market was dominated by solvent based blister card coatings. Not only has the blister card market grown by leaps and bounds, but the dominating solvent based blister card coatings have been replaced by aqueous […]

California Prop 65 UV Coatings

Prop 65

Why Prop 65? In California, Prop 65 requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm. The law requires a warning label on anything containing these. Benzophenone was listed in 2012. Benzophenone (BP) or Benzo, has been generally recognized as the most used Photoinitiator (PI) globally. […]

Coatings & Anilox Transfer Efficiency To The Substrate

Flexo Style Chambered Doctor Blade Metering Coaters Flexo style chambered doctor blade metering coaters have become the dominant coater type used on sheet fed offset presses. They have proved capable of producing high levels of precise, repeatable application of clear coatings, and other fluid products. Integral to this success has been the development of the […]

Media Reports Fluorinated Compounds in U.S. Fast Food Packaging

Chemicals Found in Fast Food Packaging  A number of news outlets have recently reported, referred to, and quoted the findings of a study conducted in 2014-15 by Silent Spring Institute. The study was published in the journal, “Environmental Science & Technology Letters.” It reported on the finding of chemical substances (fluorinated compounds), that have been […]