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, Vol. 57, no 3, 183-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
water-based ink, polyethylene, polypropylene, corona discharge treatment, print quality, print resistance
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-9046DOI: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2006.08.003ISI: 000242746800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-9046DiVA: diva2:14588
QC 20100916, Uppdaterad från submitted till published: 201009162006-01-272006-01-272010-09-16Bibliographically approved