Humans love progress. We love to tweak, change, plan, engineer, construct and constantly improve upon our processes and work. It's no different in the ever-changing world of flexible packaging printing. Over the decades, both printers and manufactures have looked to refine the operation to lower costs, make a safer working environment and produce a better final product.
As a result, the "ink tryouts" emerged, where innovation and implementation became the focus, and the flexible packing market went through water-based, solvent inks and others until there was a breakthrough.
Energy Sciences Inc. (ESI) created a new approach to flexible packaging ink through electron beam (EB) technology. The new revolution was labeled Gelflex-EB, and its goal was to reduce costs, increase productivity and produce better image quality through use of electron beam.
Gelflex-EB ink uses less ink and as a result there is significant savings in terms of waste and ink. Productivity also increases with eBeam curing through eliminating interstation dryers and decreasing emissions 90%.
The future of flexo packaging ink has arrived—Gelflex-EB.