The Universal Selection Source: Coatings Ingredients

Ink Receptive Coatings are innovative technology facing the challenge of ink absorption in various substrates. These materials are specially designed for films, textiles and paper, and bring excellent print quality, rapid ink dry time, preservation of ink stability and many others.

How does Ink Receptive Coating work for Digital Print?

Ink Receptive Technology provides optimal absorption of ink

The key function of ink receptive coatings is to control the ink droplet spread, or dot gain, while absorbing the ink carrier fluid, leaving the colorant on the substrate surface. This gives the best image definition and color strength, while improving the ink dry time and durability of the printed image. With an effective ink receptive coating your images have maximum impact and leave an impression of quality and substance.

Considerations for selecting an ink receptive coating

bullet Where will the end product be used - indoors or outdoors?
If used outdoors, it will be important for the coating to provide UV- and water-resistance properties so that it can withstand exposure to the elements.

bullet How will the end product be used – durability requirements?
It is important to consider how an end product will be packaged, transported and distributed. Many products undergo harsh shipping and storage environments, where a more durable coating is required. Rub- and scratch-resistance can play key roles in protecting the product and maintaining desired aesthetics.

bullet Cost?
Value vs. performance is always a consideration. Manufacturers and their customers must think through the desired end-use properties required and the total processing costs to achieve them, with the goal of avoiding excessive spending.

bullet What type of ink is being used?
UV, solvent-based, latex, water-based, dye and pigment inks are all viable options. Each has its own processing characteristics to be considered based on the desired end-use requirements.

bullet What printer / print speeds?
Line speed is an important consideration. Some ink receptive coatings are not as effective at faster line speeds.

bullet Do you want to formulate yourself or outsource formulation development?
If ample resources, high levels of expertise and a desire for complete control are in play, it may be desirable to formulate in-house. If not, outsourcing development is likely a more viable option.

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