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How to eliminate Ink - Lacquer foaming with water based inks

About this event

The second FlexoKITE technical webinar will focus on Ink - Lacquer foaming with water based inks in all Flexo applications including corrugated, flexible packaging, label and coating stations in offset printing. You will learn from industry experts about technologies that can eliminate foaming.

We will investigate the root causes of foaming and explore technology to control the foaming and eliminate the factors that create it.

Ink Foaming is a problem facing every flexo and offset converter today when using water-based inks or lacquer.

Foaming can occur on every press regardless of the ink manufacturer.

In production, the most common fix for the foaming is the addition of an anti-foam agent. The amount of additive needed can be as small as 0.1% up to a maximum 2%.

Controlling or eliminating liquid foaming, through tiny manual additions to the ink or lacquer can be difficult to regulate and control during production.

Too much antifoam results in:

A - A negative impact on the ink Trapping

B - A difficulty to regulate in inks that are returned to stores for re use.

C - Furry print edges.

D - Mottle effect on the solids

Too little antifoam creates

​A - poor laydown

B - slow ink flow

C - ink starvation / streaks

D - viscosity

Sun Chemical & Graymills will join Apex and Esko in a deep dive into Ink & Lacquer Foaming.

Can't make it to the live webinar? Register and you will receive the recording!

FlexoKITE is a workshop, press floor, seminar series, and tradeshow rolled into one robust flexo user experience. Broadcasting from two brand-new Experience Centers in the Netherlands and India, FlexoKITE runs a fully-equipped integrated workflow of the latest equipment from Apex International (anilox), BOBST (inline flexo press), DuPont (plates), Esko (prepress and flexo imaging), and MacDermid (plates).

“Knowledge, Innovation, Technology, and Exploration” (KITE) are the driving forces that unify these industry leaders to deliver real-world technical content not limited to a single product area. FlexoKITE provides print converters and brands a comprehensive view of the entire plate-to-print process, focusing on the finished printed product while synchronizing the plate-screening, plate-processing, anilox and press steps.

Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    MV G
    Michel Vanhems Functional Coatings Product Manager EMEA @ Sun Chemical

  • Guest speaker
    Craig Shields Member of the Board of Directors @ Graymills Corporation

  • Guest speaker
    Nick Harvey Technical Director @ Apex International

    Nicholas has more than 33 years experience in the flexo printing industry. Starting as a flexo print operator, he later became the Production Manager of a large wide web flexible packaging company. Nick currently holds the role of Technical Director at Apex International.

  • Guest speaker
    Pascal Thomas Director Flexo Business @ Esko

    Pascal Thomas ist seit 24 Jahren bei Esko (damals Barco Graphics). Als Director für den Flexo-Business setzt er sein technisches und betriebswirtschaftliches Wissen ein, um die Anforderungen von Flexodruckern und Plattenherstellern bestmöglich zu erfüllen.


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