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

Slide

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Aqueous and UV Coatings Tricks to Cleanup Process

Printing Separation

Aqueous and UV / EB Coatings have distinct cleanup methods that can make the processes run better.  This article will address specific tricks to cleanup before, during, and after press runs of aqueous, UV, and EB Coatings. Safety First and Second We will tackle the important steps in the cleanup of coatings for both Aqueous […]

Measuring Durability in Coatings with Abrasion Testing

Not a proper abrasion test!

How do we best test to predetermine the durability of printed/coated graphic arts products? Abrasion tests can determine the durability of printed and coated graphic arts. The durability of a printed coating is typically defined by such terms as, scuff, wear, rub, smudge, abrasion, blotching, and/or pick-off resistance. Historically a problem, defacing abrasion damage is […]

Advantages of UV LED Curing in the Print Industry

Internet of things

The advantages of UV LED light curing over the traditional mercury lamp have been pushing its growth. Explosive Growth Recently LED lighting technology, because of its low energy consumption and long life, has been eating up the competition while being rolled out with an explosive future trend playing out.  Research from Gartner, Inc. says that Smart LED […]

UV LED Light Curing is Booming

LED Lights

Once a lab curiosity, barely able to cure a UV ink, UV LEDs first appeared early in the 21st century as play things, and then later as commercially available curing devices. With very low power initially, power levels have increased to a point where curing applications emerged in the last few years. Progress to full […]

PFAS: Phasing Out Banned Chemical Compounds

PFAS Chemicals Banned

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER WITH REG’S PHASING-OUT BANNED PFAS Momentum is seemingly building to speed the phase-out of PFAS.  Some states have now taken action regarding its use in direct food contact packaging. Let’s review what we’re dealing with: Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) made their appearance in the 1940s, due to the attractiveness of properties […]

Trends Affecting Printing & Coating Markets

Printing Trends

Trends that affect Printing and Coating Markets Covid-19 Accelerates Trends in Printing and Coating Various trends are in place that are now and will continue to affect printing and coating markets. Covid-19 has acted as an accelerant for these trends. When the initial reaction to Covid-19 locked-down world wide economies, businesses closed, people stayed home, […]