Flexographic Printing Ink
Interactive inks and coatings is a custom manufacturer of water based flexo
inks and coatings servicing the flexographic ink market. We offer a full line of
products from flexographic printing inks to Gravure printing inks and coatings.
Our Company was founded on the belief that working with our customer to
develop new products would allow us to stay at the cutting edge of water based
inks and water based coatings for flexographic printing, as well as UV flexo
inks and UV flexo coatings. Through the years we have developed products to
fit our customers requirements from direct thermal inks to security inks.
Flexographic printing inks are highly customizable, Interactive inks and
Coatings will develop and customize our products to fit your specific needs.
Flexographic Printing Plates
In the typical flexographic printing sequence, the substrate is fed into the press from a
roll. The image is printed as substrate is pulled through a series of stations, or print
units. Each print unit is printing a single color. As with Gravure and Lithographic
printing, the various tones and shading are achieved by overlaying the 4 basic shades of
ink. These are magenta, cyan, yellow and black.
To begin the process of Flexographic printing, you must have the appropriate plates to
transfer the image to the substrate.
There are three main ways for developing plates:
A film negative is placed over the plate, which is exposed to ultra
violet light. The
polymer hardens where light passes through the film. The remaining polymer is softer
and is able to be washed away in a tank of either water or solvent. The plate to be
washed out is fixed in the orbital washout unit on a sticky base plate.
This method is the most common used today for plate development; it uses a computer
guided laser to etch the image onto the printing plate. Direct laser engraving process is
called digital platemaking.
The first step is to create a metal plate out of the negative of our original image
through an exposition process (followed by an acid bath).
Interactive Tech was built to further help our customers with any and all information
pertaining to the flexographic and gravure industries. Our goal is to create a community
and knowledge base where anyone can freely discuss issues, ask questions, and receive
answers not only from our dedicated team, but from like
minded individuals who may
share the same goals or have overcome the same issues
On this Site:
On this site you will find technical information, Forum's, Blogs and Commenters
created to allow each user to ask question, create topics, and make suggestions or
comments about our products or the flexo industry in general (each comment or new
topic posted in a forum gives you the option to remain anonymous, however you must
log in to access these features)
Interactive Inks and Coatings founded with the traditional beliefs that constant
development and hands on service, to the customer; would create products of
excellence that are always on the cutting edge. Developing partnerships with our
customers has help to develop new ideas and packaging solutions. Interactive Inks and
Coatings prove this philosophy each day.
Leading edge ink formulations for printing and laminating of films results in clean, bold
printing with excellent halftone printability. High Durability with gloss, scuff and mar
resistance keynote our Dura
max and Durable Films Systems. Dura
Lam offers excellent
bond strengths for inline or off
line lamination, The system will also resist degradation
from harsh adhesives. These systems are available from 1
5 BCM anilox volumes and
are formulated for use with our color
matcher ink management system.
NEW PRODUCT INFORMATION
For converters looking to hit Gloss levels above 80 while curing at press speeds from
Technical Data for OPUV
565 is as Follows:
Recommended BCM Volume between 4
6 for Best results.
: > 80 ~ Substrate dependent
> 200 Double Rubs
>200 Double Rubs
240 Centipoise (17
23 Sec #3 /z Cup) @ ~ 23 Degrees Celsius
For more information please visit
1610 Shanahan Drive PO Box 158 South
Elgin, IL 60177