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Print quality and resistance for water-based flexography on polymer-coated boards: Dependence on ink formulation and substrate pretreatment
2006 (English)In: Progress in organic coatings, ISSN 0300-9440, E-ISSN 1873-331X, Vol. 57, no 3, 183-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The performance of water-based acrylic flexographic inks laboratory printed on three different polymer-coated boards, namely coated with LDPE, OPP and PP, have been analysed and interpreted. The print quality and resistance properties obtained were related to varying ink formulation, in particular choice of emulsion polymer and presence of silicone additive in the vehicle, as well as varying levels of corona pretreatment. Print mottle and adhesion were worst on PP, while wet (water) rub and scratch resistance were worst on OPP and PE, respectively. However, these properties could be greatly influenced by the ink formulation, more so than corona level. In general addition of silicone improved scratch resistance, due to reduction in polar energy component of the print surface, but at the expense of worsened wet rub resistance. The emulsion polymer giving best resistance performance was generally found to give poorest optical properties, presumably due to more limited resolubility on press.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 57, no 3, 183-194 p.
Keyword [en]
water-based ink, polyethylene, polypropylene, corona discharge treatment, print quality, print resistance
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Physical Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-9046DOI: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2006.08.003ISI: 000242746800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-9046DiVA: diva2:14588
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QC 20100916, Uppdaterad från submitted till published: 20100916Available from: 2006-01-27 Created: 2006-01-27 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Water-based Flexographic Printing on Polymer-coated Board
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Water-based Flexographic Printing on Polymer-coated Board
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral thesis comprises three studies dealing with water-based flexography on polymer-coated boards, which have been presented in the five papers included at the end of the thesis. The first study (covered in three papers) presents results from characterisation of a matrix of water-based inks with respect to their rheology, surface tension, wetting, and fulltone printing performance on PE-coated board. The commercial water-based inks used vary in type of pigment and acrylic vehicle, and in pigment/vehicle mixing proportions. For all mixing proportions, the inks were shear thinning, with viscosity increasing strongly with content of solution (versus emulsion) polymer in the vehicle. Increasing amount of solution polymer also gave the indirect consequence of lower surface tension values. The wet ink amount transferred to the board and the resulting print uniformity responded sensitively to ink formulation and could be correlated to the corresponding changes in these two ink properties. Transferred amount correlated well with ink plastic viscosity and static surface tension, exhibiting a maximum at intermediate values of both. Print mottle decreased with increasing content of solution polymer, principally due to the associated increase in low-shear viscosity and decreased surface tension, both serving to reduce substrate dewetting.

In the second study, the effect of corona discharge treatment of PE-coated board on its surface chemistry and print resistance properties was evaluated. The increase in total surface energy, due to its polar component, with increasing corona level was strongly correlated to surface oxidation fraction from XPS. AFM revealed oxidised material nano-mounds, which increased in size and substrate coverage with corona level. Wet rub resistance (with water) first increased for lower corona dosages before decreasing at higher dosages. This worsened water resistance at higher dosages is presumably due to the oxidised material dissolved and dispersed in the ink film.

The third study presents results from another set of water-based acrylic inks printed on boards coated with PE, OPP and PP. Print quality and resistance properties, though dependent on the polymer type, were strongly influenced by the choice of emulsion polymer and presence of silicone additive in the vehicle, with corona treatment level playing a lesser role. The emulsion polymer giving best resistance performance was generally found to give poorest press performance and visual appearance. Again the trends could be understood in terms of wet ink surface tension (versus substrate surface energy), dictating print uniformity, and dry print surface energy (and swellability), dictating resistance properties.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH, 2006. vii, 69 p.
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Trita-YTK, ISSN 1650-0490 ; 0602
National Category
Physical Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-603 (URN)91-7178-252-4 (ISBN)
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2006-02-13, Sal F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:00
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QC 20100916Available from: 2006-01-27 Created: 2006-01-27 Last updated: 2010-09-16Bibliographically approved

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