Future Links CW 50

With our future links we give you an overview of current developments in the printing industry. This week we look at Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017, HP’s invention of a new edge printing technology, Evonik’s new slip additive, Agfa’s graphics upgrade for their flatbed printer and Siegwerk’s development of a new generation of PUR inks.

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PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017

Recently, Pantone announced that they picked PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery as Color of the Year 2017. Among the reasons for this decision is that the color has a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. According to the global authority on color, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection with nature and gives hope to a society amid a complex social and political landscape. Additionally, the shade is associated with freshness, which makes it an ideal choice for designers of printed products. Greenery will succeed Serenity and Rose Quartz, the colors of 2016.

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HP Reveals New Edge Printing Technology

HP introduced the new Edge Printing feature of their SmartStream Designer, a variable data printing tool, which enables users to print images onto the front or side of books. In order to do so, the technology divides images into slices based on the number of pages before printing them in succession onto the page edges. The new technology is also able to print coherent pictures onto book spines.

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Evonik’s New Slip Additive Designed for Solvent-Based Printing

Evonik announced the development of TEGO Glide A 116, a highly effective slip additive designed for solvent-based printing. This ink formulation works extremely well in combination with waxes and matting agents. Furthermore, it is not sensitive to scratching and keeps surfaces from sticking together during the production process. Since it meets all legal requirements and is suitable for food contact, it is ideal for the packaging industry.

More at Ink World Magazine

Agfa Graphics Launches Upgrade for their Jet Mira Flatbed Printer

Agfa Graphics launched an upgrade for their Jeti Mira flatbed printer, which uses UV LED curing technology instead of conventional UV. Among its several benefits are its energy efficiency and the ability to instantly start working. The machine can print up to 2.69m-wide and has a dockable roll-to-roll option, two table options and two rows of fast-firing Ricoh inkjet printheads. The Jeti Mira LED is commercially available with immediate effect.

More at PrintWeek

Siegwerk Develops a New Generation of PUR Inks

After two years of development, Siegwerk revealed the new generation of PUR inks based on a polyurethane binder system. The PVC-free printing ink is optimized to meet high-performance requirements, for instance, high bond strength values in lamination. Under industrial trial conditions, it showed great printability with solid full tone and outstanding half tone reproduction even at high printing speeds above 500 m/min.

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