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XINK Laboratories Announces "InstaCure" Conductive Flexographic Inks - New Formulations Break Through RFID Tag Manufacturing Hurdles

Published on 2004-11-25. Author : SpecialChem

OTTAWA -- XINK Laboratories Ltd. of Ottawa, Canada will launch its new line of InstaCure silver and carbon conductive flexographic printing inks at the Printed Electronics 2004 Conference in New Orleans on December 7. These new advanced polymeric formulations are targeted toward manufacturers and converters producing RFID tagged smart packaging for use in supply-chain and pharmaceutical counterfeit protection, as mandated by Wal-Mart and, most recently, by the FDA.

XINK InstaCure(TM) formulations allow printing of RFID antennas and complex electronic circuitry, including flexible paper sensors (package security), sensor grids (pharmaceutical packaging monitors), keypads (disposable electronic paper diaries) and backplane components (flexible displays).

The current line of XINK InstaCure(TM) formulations includes a solvent- free high-conductive silver ink, and a "tunable" resistor ink. XINK's formulations can be applied in a single pass on standard printing presses, require no heat curing, and can be printed on a range of heatseal paper boards used in pharmaceutical packaging as well as other flexible substrates which would not withstand high temperature heat curing.

"We are currently working on pilot printing projects with some of the world's leading development teams in the printing, packaging, ink, press, and RFID industries to provide immediate sampling availability of these inks, with industrial production scheduled to begin in early 2005" says Dan Tonchev, Ph.D., XINK Laboratories' Chief Scientist. A preview of these ink formulations was extremely well received by global experts at the IMI Printable Electronics and Displays Conference in Las Vegas.

Unlike previous attempts at producing flexographic inks for RFID antenna production, XINK InstaCure(TM) formulations provide optimal properties in the areas of conductivity, press handling, curing, and substrate compatibility on any standard flexographic press. "Our water-based inks allow the manufacturing of printed antennas directly on most standard paper and label stock in a normal print-shop environment - a significant breakthrough from all previous attempts" adds Dr. Tonchev.

XINK Laboratories Ltd. is committed to building advanced conductive ink formulations enabling industrial production of RFID antennas, conductive circuits, smart packaging, and printed sensors. XINK Laboratories Ltd. is co-located with Information Mediary Corporation's Intelligent and Active Packaging (IAP) R&D facility in Ottawa, Canada. "By facilitating full interaction between the ink development and smart packaging electronics engineering teams we are providing a winning combination in driving efficiencies into the RFID and IAP development and commercialization process" explains Michael Petersen, Chief Operating Officer of Information Mediary Corp. "Originally we intended to develop robust inks for our IAP initiatives, such as the Med-ic Digital Package developed in cooperation with International Paper, but we realized XINK's InstaCure(TM) formulations can re-invigorate the printed RFID antenna efforts."

Source: XINK Laboratories Ltd.

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