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Ebeam / Uteco / INX Digital – Digital solution with inline EB curing at Labelexpo Europe 2017

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BELGIUM • In Brussels the supplier of EB solutions ebeam Technologies and its partners Uteco Converting and INX Digital International will unveil its first industrial end-to-end inkjet production line with inline ebeam curing for food safe printed products. The narrow web solution is suitable for safe mass per personalization of indirect food contact flexible packaging and labels. This launch means that Uteco offer also a digital line for the narrow web market in cooperation with ebeam.

The new digital production line has been created through combining Uteco’s web handling, INX Digital’s customization and integration of digital technologies and print engines, and an ebeam Compact 80/400 curing unit. The four-colour solution uses recently developed photoinitiator-free inkjet ebeam-curable inks from INX Digital, has a resolution up to 720 x 360 dpi, a throughput speed of up to m/min (82 fpm). According to the companies, with a footprint of 4.4 x 1.5 m, it is a low energy/low pollution solution that will safely and conveniently fit into print room environments.

The new solution will enable printer and converter in the flexible packaging sector take advantage of the proven market opportunities around variable printing such as product personalization, short run market testing, print-on-demand or print-per-event and local area snap promotions. INX Digital ebeam curable inks are photoinitiator-free, which means that converters are able to target consumers with indirect personalized food packaging. Benefits of inline ebeam curing include a higher degree of cure, durability, a higher gloss finish and the ability to cure all colours.

The new solution will have its commercial launch at Labelexpo Europe 2017 and will be sold through Uteco. INX ebeam-curable inkjet inks will be available from September 2017. At Labelexpo Europe 2017 ebeam Technologies, Uteco Converting and INX Digital International will exbibit in hall 4, stand A25.

Rosina Obermayer

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