Ink specialist to spotlight benefits of Monolox Fixed Anilox Printing and dual cure inks
Professionals from across the label printing and converting industries will have the chance to discover the next generation of print processes when Pulse Roll Label Products returns to Brussels for this year’s Labelexpo Europe.
Pulse will share the incredible benefits of both its Monolox Fixed Anilox Printing and its PureTone® DC dual cure inks at the world’s largest print and packaging event in September.
Visitors to the Pulse booth (3C64) will be able to see first-hand the benefits of using a single anilox volume for their print jobs – made possible thanks to Pulse’s revolutionary PureTone® ink range. Since its launch last October, Monolox Fixed Anilox Printing has been helping converters around the world to maximise their uptime and reduce ink consumption by standardising the flexographic process.
Pulse’s Managing Director, Gary Seward, said: “With PureTone inks and Monolox Fixed Anilox Printing, we’re fulfilling our commitment to help printers boost their accuracy, efficiency and throughput by effectively making flexo label printing more efficient than digital, and at a fraction of the cost.
“Using PureTone inks and a bespoke mixing database, printers can use this cutting-edge technique to make any spot colour, using just one anilox volume.
“This has unprecedented benefits for print efficiency, providing high-speed make ready and reducing waste through ink consumption,” said Gary. “In fact, thanks to its high strength compared with other ink brands, using PureTone can cut ink consumption by as much as 30%, while still delivering a Delta E of less than two with ease.
“With this year’s Labelexpo Europe highlighting the ‘modern legends of print’, there’s never been a better time for businesses to find out how Monolox Fixed Anilox Printing could be the perfect solution for their business.”
Gary said the Pulse booth would also showcase the company’s newest high-performance ink, PureTone DC, which can be cured with UV LED lamps, meaning the curing process uses just a fraction of the power of traditional UV lamps.
“Being fully Food Packaging Compliant, new PureTone DC is suitable for label converters supplying industry sectors that require compliance to food packaging regulations and guidelines,” he said. “What’s more, the range also includes CMYK+OGV for extended colour gamut printing.”
LED lamps used with PureTone DC not only deliver a more stable light ensuring consistency of curing and print, but they can also be switched on and off instantly – unlike traditional UV lights, which must be left running – and they also last many times longer.
Crucially, PureTone DC’s dual cure formulation means printers can use just one set of inks with both UV and LED curing presses, delivering further efficiency gains through avoiding unnecessary and costly inventory and ink management complexity, as well as being able to convert across press by press. The new ink also matches the impressive strength of others in the Pulse range, making it easy to compare and match colours as necessary.
“Offering increased performance compared with other suppliers, and with a dual cure formulation, this new solution gives printers the versatility and freedom they need to switch to LED ink at their own convenience,” said Gary.
Unlike some LED inks, PureTone DC’s dual cure formulation means the initiators within the ink are activated when exposed to either traditional UV lamps or UV LED light. This feature is designed to help printers gradually phase out their existing mercury-based curing equipment without the need for expensive initial investments. As an LED curing ink, PureTone DC can also cure at lower temperatures, making it suitable for a wider range of substrates including heat-sensitive thin films.
“There are already significant restrictions in place on disposal of mercury and introducing it into the waste stream, and these regulations are only tightening,” said Gary. “With different rules and procedures across different countries around the world – particularly with regard to landfill – printing businesses are looking to transition away now, to get ahead of the changes on the horizon.
“We’re looking forward to joining customers and colleagues at this year’s Labelexpo and we can’t wait to share the benefits of these ground-breaking solutions with them,” said Gary.