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Get a head start optimizing White Ink based on 36 printing tests

About this event

Print quality in flexible packaging is heavily impacted by white ink. When white ink is not so opaque or homogenous the printed graphics look dull or grey. Increasing the printed ink weight by increasing anilox volume can improve opacity. But there are obvious trade-offs concerning bond strengths for lamination not to mention ink usage. White ink is typically 30% of a converters ink costs.

Join Esko, Apex, Sun Chemical & Windmöller & Hölscher as we present the results of 36 different print tests for optimal White Ink Opacity and quality. In the first webinar, we presented different ways to improve white ink opacity & ink laydown. Not surprisingly we were asked, “What is the best combination?” since there are many possible combinations of anilox volume, surface pattern, plate type & white inks. We accepted the challenge and got to work.

In this webinar, we will present “best combinations” from real print tests with White Ink.

We completed 36 print tests using:

  • 5 anilox volumes
  • 4 plate types
  • 9 surface patterns
  • 2 ink types
  • 3 different print speeds

After the print tests, we measured the opacity of each possible combination and used a microscope to capture the ink homogeneity. This gives converters a massive head start in their quest to optimize white print quality, efficiency & cost improvement.

Key Take-Aways

  • “Best” anilox volume, surface pattern & ink type combination
  • Comparison of white opacity with different print speeds & white ink types
  • Cost/benefit/improvement analysis

Can't make it to the live webinar?

Register and you will receive the recording afterwards.

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.

“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
    Colin Smith European Product Manager @ Sun Chemical

    Colin is Sun Chemical’s European Product Manager, responsible for managing the products and services offered to the flexible packaging market. He’s a trained chemist with more than 40 years experience serving the European print and packaging industries.

  • Guest speaker
    Robert Bruce RIP & screening product manager @ Esko

    With more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, Robert is an expert in the flexographic process and technology. Joining Esko more than a decade ago, he has been a member of the Flexo Product Management Team for the last three years.

  • 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
    Wolfgang Sprehe Manager Technical Center, BU Printing and Finishing @ WINDMÖLLER & HÖLSCHER

    Wolfgang is leading WINDMÖLLER & HÖLSCHER's Technical Printing Center since 2011. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the flexible packaging business and is an expert in printing and converting.


Integrated solutions for the packaging industry

The Esko product portfolio supports and manages the packaging and print processes for brand owners, retailers, designers, premedia and trade shops, packaging manufacturers, and converters.