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What it Takes to Print Flexible Packaging

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In the second of our three-part technical series on what it takes to print packaging, we focus on the challenges of flexible packaging and consider the specific ink attributes and drying considerations that explain the printers we are beginning to see in the market.

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Hybrid Ink – The Best of Both Worlds?

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In industrial inkjet, water-based inkjet is undergoing a renaissance. When it comes to the most demanding applications, it is a challenge for aqueous inks to reach the required resistance properties without posing a longer term risk to blocking the head. This is where hybrids inks offer a potential solution.

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Inkjet Labels Come of Age

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Building on our previous ink-focused posts, Mark Bale of DoDxAct, who gave his first technical talk on label printing in 2007, looks back at the inkjet journey and what it means for the future of labels & packaging.

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Single Pass Inkjet – More than a One-Hit Wonder

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The uses of inkjet have grown steadily over the last two decades, taking in 2D, 2.5D and 3D applications. The improvement in productivity throughout has been made possible by increasing levels of technical wizardry. Nowhere is this demonstrated better than for our well-known production printers, which are very, very clever boxes of tricks

The Value in OEM Inkjet Inks

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Have you ever wondered why it is difficult to find 3rd party ink suppliers for production inkjet devices? Mark Bale discusses the pros and cons of OEM supplied inkjet inks versus 3rd party and the key questions to ask if considering working with 3rd-party ink developers.

Inkjet Ink and its Important Additives

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Mark Bale provides an overview of the important differences in inkjet ink characteristics that come from various components such as resins, solvents, humectants and surfactants. With an understanding of these components and how OEMs use them to differentiate their inks, you’ll be better informed next time you have a conversation with your supplier.

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Inkjet ink – Carrier Matters

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Mark Bale provides a deep dive into the differences in the approach to colorant carrier in the main categories of inkjet ink: aqueous, oil, hot-melt and UV curable. Ink chemistry matters and different approaches are better suited to specific applications.

Inkjet ink – Chemistry Matters

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First in a new series by Mark Bale discussing the topic of inks. This post explains the chemistry and colorant options available in the production print market. Our aim is to give a non-exhaustive insight in to material differences and how they impact print quality and color.