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Shrink Sleeve Flexo Inks Veronika Pekarovicova*, Alexandra Pekarovicova*, and Paul D. Fleming III*
 

Summary: Shrink Sleeve Flexo Inks
Veronika Pekarovicova*, Alexandra Pekarovicova*, and Paul D. Fleming III*
Keywords: shrink-sleeve, polyvinylchloride, oriented polystyrene, polyethylene,
solvent-based flexo ink, nitrocellulose, wax
ABSTRACT
The shrink sleeve market is growing annually at very rapid rate up to 15%.The
shrink film producers are constantly making changes in their products to make
them cheaper, more environmentally friendly and more efficient. Thus, the
shrink film market for flexography and rotogravure printing offers large
inventory of various ink chemistries for all kinds of films available. The purpose
of this project was to develop a product that would print on different shrink
sleeve films and exhibit excellent printability and end use properties such as
adhesion, block resistance, shrinking ability with non-changed optical properties
such as haze, and/or transparency.
INTRODUCTION
Packages are changing and developing constantly as the brand owners try to
gain market share. High quality graphics is expected as purchasing decisions are
made mostly at the point of sale. Clear polymeric labels are increasingly desired,
since they provide a no-label look to decorated glass and plastic containers.
Paper labels block the visibility of the container and/or the contents in the

  

Source: Abubakr, Said - Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging, Western Michigan University

 

Collections: Engineering