The Flexographic Technical Association (FTA, Bohemia, NY) and Koenig & Bauer (KBA) Flexotecnica, have announced that they’ll hold a half-day seminar on the benefits and challenges of implementing electron-beam curing and UV-LED into the flexographic printing process. The We Have The Cure training conference will take place at Koenig & Bauer’s facility and technology center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The event is open to all industry printer/converters looking to optimize their processes. Attendees will hear from the leading experts on the benefits and challenges of electron-beam curing and UV-LED relating to the press, inks and plates. Guests will also learn from an experienced brand owner on how trends in packaging impact the need for newer curing technologies. In addition, a roundtable discussion will bring all educational elements together and feature two special guests – a narrow web printer and flexible packaging printer who are both currently running electron-beam and UV-LED. “Every participant will leave with a clear understanding of the process, variables to consider when implementing, and the knowledge to determine whether this technology is right for their business,” said the FTA.
Topics covered will include:
- How to remove the need for drying time or powder with inks that cure instantly.
- Expanding substrate offerings to include plastics and other materials that don’t absorb inks.
- How to achieve quality, safety-conscious print results with heat-sensitive substrates.
- Why and how UV-LED lamps last significantly longer (about 10 times) than traditional UV lamps, saving time and money (LED-UV modules can provide over 30,000 hours of curing when operated at the proper power capacity).
- How to eliminate heat, ozone and mercury from the pressroom, making the process safer and reducing overall environmental impact.
- How UV-LED curing eliminates the release of VOCs – because UV inks are free of solvents and avoid the environmental issues caused by them.
- How to bypass the energy costs and heat-related hazards of heatset drying.
- Which value-added coatings can be used efficiently and effectively.
- High-end printing effects, such as drip-off (aka “strike through”) and how they can be achieved, and discussions of further developments in this arena that are broadening creative applications and what’s possible with printing.
Those interested in learning more or signing up for the session can visit www.flexography.org for more information.