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Hot times for hybrid inks

May 1, 2001 12:00 AM

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Generally combining the properties of UV and conventional inks, hybrid inks are growing, with many companies working on new formulations. Sun Chemical, Flint Ink, Superior Printing Ink, INX, Braden Sutphin, and Environmental Inks and Coatings are just a few of the companies working on these systems.

“Making a UV hybrid makes a lot of sense to the printer,” says Harvey Brice, president, Superior Printing Ink (Sarasota, FL), and a member of GATF's board of directors. Superior manufactures Intercure hybrid ink, and, says Brice, “you can run it on a press without changing blankets or rollers. If a press is set up for UV, you can also run conventional inks. It offers tremendous flexibility.”

“Hybrid inks allow a printer, with minimal modification, to run the whole job inline,” says Dr. John Rooney, vice president of R&D at Sun Chemical Corp. (Northlake, IL). “The productivity increase is substantial and the inks themselves are delivering much better quality than a typical UV ink set.”

Hybrid inks allow inline UV coating without extended deliveries, water-based tie coats or other approaches used to prevent glossback. (See “UV printing shines,” p. 48.)

excerpted from the GATF Technology Forecast 2001;