Flint Group Narrow Web is presenting Evolution, a new series of products focused on making products recyclable, along with its expanded range of DualCure technology, that lowers operating costs and energy consumption when using LED curing technology.
Evolution Deinking Primer is applied to shrink sleeves to allow the ink to be released during the recycling process. The ink is removed from the sleeve material without contaminating the valuable bottle flake. The materials are then rinsed and pelletised into recycled polyester (rPET) for reuse.
The Evolution Caustic Resistant Over Print Varnish facilitates the recycling of PET bottles utilising pressure-sensitive labels. The varnish prevents contamination of the wash water and bottle flake in the initial recycling process by keeping the ink secured to the label substrate. When immersed in the float-sink bath, the intact label floats to the surface where it is separated from the bottle recycling stream.
Dual Cure inks and coatings allow label converters to embrace the environmental, low-energy and productivity advantages of LED-UV curing, while managing the financial risk associated with curing lamp conversions. Switching to LED-UV curing technology with Flint Dual Cure inks brings energy cost reductions of up to 50% compared to using mercury lamps on press, as the lamp produces less heat.
Fully compatible inline with conventional inks on the printing press, Dual Cure inks allow a gradual switch to LED, at a pace that suits the converter, with minimal disruption to operations. This enables the freedom to upgrade the press one curing unit at a time, lowering the financial risk and reducing waste of existing ink inventories.
Dual Cure inks allow a gradual switch to LED, with minimal disruption to operations