Developments in LED curing

Flint at LMAI workshop

Developments in LED curing
Shailesh Sharma, senior technical manager, Flint Group India

Flint Group India participated in the technical workshop organized by Label Manufacturers Association of India (LMAI) at Chelmsford Club in New Delhi to create awareness for label converters and the industry. The workshop was mainly based on narrow-web ink chemistry, developments in LED curing systems, wealth management and creating value in label printing.

Shailesh Sharma, senior technical manager, Flint Group India, talked about narrow web inks, UV and water-based ink components and factors responsible for their complete curing and importance of UV light intensity and pH in water-based inks. Advantages of LED curing vis-à-vis conventional UV curing were discussed in detail. Flint Group’s product range, including the latest LED curing inks was also presented. The session ended with a discussion on common printing problems and troubleshooting.

During the question-answer session, there was discussion about LED curing advantages, cost implications and availability of new generation inks. Flint confirmed that once regular demand for LED-UV develops in India, inks will be imported from the Flint Group in the US and maintained in stock.

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