It's not surprising that printing companies want the ability to produce the best possible products in the most cost effective manner. That’s fundamental to operating a successful business. Many companies from all over the world claim to have the latest and best innovations to cut costs and improve image quality.
Recently, the world leader in electron beam (EB) technology, Energy Sciences Inc. (ESI), helped launch the newest innovation in CI Flexo inks, Gelflex-EB. The new ink is fast becoming the "new gold standard for CI Flexo" and delivers gravure-like quality, lowest total print cost, a “green” formulation, and it is safe for food. Let's take a closer look at these individually and see how Gelflex-EB holds up to its own claims of superiority.
Within the CI-flexo market, gravure-like quality is extremely important for printers, their customers, and for consumers experiencing the final printed product on the store shelf. When Gelflex-EB is compared to solvent ink, Gelflex-EB has higher resolution, and tonal value (180 LPI). There is also 50% less dot gain for higher contrast, brightness, and smooth vignettes. The ink laydown is also smooth, graininess is reduced, and there is a higher solid ink density (SID).
In terms of operating cost, Gelflex-EB requires 25% less energy and only one EB dryer at the end of the press, so interstation dryers are not required. Also, there's 60% less color, and 65% less white ink laydown.
There's no doubt Gelflex-EB meets its "green" claims, as there is a 90% reduction in solvent emissions and 60% reduction in ink consumption. It is the same with Gelflex being safe for food, as it is FDA compliant, as well as having the lowest odor, taint, and extractables levels of any ink on the market.
Gelflex-EB has passed the test and is the absolute best ink for CI-flexo printing.