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Sun Chemical Highlights New Inks, Digital Printing System at SuperCorr 2004

Published on 2004-11-08. Author : SpecialChem

NORTHLAKE, IL -- Sun Chemical will demonstrate productivity and quality gains for the corrugated market provided by its Advantage™ and Everest™ Hi Tone ink systems being showcased at the SuperCorr Expo 2004 to be held Nov. 9-12 in Atlanta, GA. In addition, Sun Chemical and its partner, Inca Digital Printers, will highlight further advances being made in the design of the high-speed, fixed-array FastJet™ inkjet printer for corrugated products, which was introduced in May at drupa 2004.

Sun Chemical's Advantage is a water-based flexographic ink formulated for pH stability during long press runs of mid to mid-high level corrugated and paper bag products. This creates consistent on-press performance, while reducing the need to constantly adjust pH in order to control viscosity and print characteristics.

Everest Hi Tone inks were developed by Coates USA, a member of the Sun Chemical Group. They are water-based flexo inks designed for vignette and process printing on paper and board for preprint, multiwall bag, post-print and narrow-web applications.

"These two inks systems represent substantial opportunities to improve print quality, run consistency and pressroom productivity across a wide range of paper packaging applications," said Jim Wegemer, director, paper packaging, Sun Chemical North American Packaging Inks.

He pointed out that Advantage, which is available in a full range of GCMI and custom special colors, offers consistent color strength and good coverage with very clean printed results. Due to the ink system's stability, monitoring at press side is reduced, minimal viscosity adjustments will be needed, and consumption of additives will be reduced. Advantage rewets well after shutdowns, but still dries quickly for good in-line die cutting on a variety of substrates.

The vehicle structure in Everest Hi Tone provides clean printing with crisp print definition and excellent rewetting for high-end prints, Wegemer said, adding that this ink system can be used on most coated and uncoated paper and board substrates. Everest Hi Tone inks are available as a full set of process inks and extender or as special matched shades.

The FastJet inkjet printing system for corrugated is being enhanced, and should be ready for commercial introduction in 2005, according to Wegemer. It will employ UV inks printed through a fixed array of print heads for high speed four-color printing with 300 dpi resolution.

Wegemer said FastJet will incorporate needed industrial robustness for operation in industrial sheet plant environments, with a high degree of print head reliability. The UV inks will improve print head stability and provide virtually instantaneous curing. "This combination of UV and digital technology will provide converters a high degree of flexibility for short-run or customized packaging," Wegemer said.

For more information on all these systems, please visit Sun Chemical at SuperCorr booth #2130.

About Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, is a leading provider of materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets. With annual sales of more than $3 billion, Sun Chemical has over 12,000 employees supporting customers around the world. The Sun Chemical Group of companies includes such well-known names as Coates Lorilleux, Gibbon, Hartmann, Kohl & Madden, Swale, Usher-Walker , Rycoline and US Ink. In addition, Sun Chemical has many joint ventures, with the largest being its $1.5 billion Kodak Polychrome Graphics (KPG) joint venture with Eastman Kodak. KPG is a world leader in prepress products, services, and equipment.

Sun Chemical Corporation in the U.S. and Sun Chemical Limited in England are subsidiaries of Sun Chemical Group B.V., the Netherlands. Sun Chemical has headquarters in Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S.A.; Watford, England; and Weesp, the Netherlands.

Source: Sun Chemical

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