Flint Group Introduces EkoCure
In response to the increasing need for improved sustainable print solutions, Flint Group Narrow Web introduced a series of ink technologies for UV LED curing under the EkoCure brand. These inks will be commercially available inks designed for combination print formulated specifically for UV LED curing.
EkoCure is developed using specially selected photoinitiators that match the narrow and targeted wavelength area that is typical for UV LED lamp output. The main advantages with UV LED can be summarized as ecological and economical:
* Ecological benefits—energy will be saved; UV LED lamps are ozone and mercury free (improved worker and environmental safety); EkoCure is formulated on bio-renewable resources.
* Economical benefits—energy consumption will be significantly reduced; manufacturing space is reduced; UV LED lamps are nearly maintenance free.
“We have partnered with Phoseon Technology UV LED lamps, and have tested our inks using their FirePower™ 16 W/cm2 on our Mark Andy 4150 press in our Center for Technical Excellence in Plymouth, Minnesota” says Tom Hammer, product manager narrow web North America for Flint Group. Hammer continues, “With the FirePower units on our press, we have been able to experiment and test inks on several types of substrates, and in many print combinations. We have found success and have been able to run a first-ever true UV LED combination print—using our newly developed 4-colour Flexo process inks in combination with UV rotary screen white.”EkoCure™ is available in both UV Flexo and UV rotary Screen and exhibits fantastic properties clearly matching the performance of “traditional” high performance UV ink technologies.
Contact Niklas Olsson in Europe at firstname.lastname@example.org or Deanna Whelan in the United States at email@example.com for further information or for a demonstration of this revolutionary technology at The Flint Group.
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