WEBINAR: The Challenges With Digitally Printing on Flexible Films With Water Based Ink
June 6, 2019 at 11:00AM–NOON EDT
Webinar via Zoom
For a variety of reasons, including health. safety, environment and cost, the printing industry, especially in flexible food packaging, has been trending toward water-based printing systems. Unlike most paper-based substrates, flexible films tend to be hydrophobic and water-impermeable, which makes it a challenge to achieve adequate wetting and adhesion of water-based inks, not to mention the subsequent removal of the water and any co-solvents that are in the inks. In this webinar, we will briefly review the market trends in package printing, including common multilayer package structures, and provide an overview of the various digital printing technologies that are available today for printing on thin, flexible films. We will describe an all-aqueous system of primer, printing inks, and post-coatings that can be used for either surface or reverse printing of plastic labels, flexible packages, and vinyl wall coverings at production speeds of up to 300 meters per minute.
Douglas Bugner received his B.S. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from UCLA. He spent the first 10 years of his career at Eastman Kodak Company researching toners and photoconductors for electrophotographic applications. In 1993, he established a research program in the area of inkjet materials. From 1999 to 2006, he was responsible for the commercialization of a full portfolio of inkjet inks and media for the consumer and wide format display markets. Since 2006, he has led the advanced development and commercialization of the pigmented inks and co-optimized paper and film treatments for the Kodak PROSPER high speed continuous inkjet press. He is currently Director, Materials R&D, Enterprise Inkjet Systems, Eastman Kodak Company. He holds 68 U.S. Patents, and has authored over 50 scientific publications. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Chemical Society, the Society for Imaging Science and Technology, the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, and the American National Standards Institute.