Label Academy Master Class: Inks, Coatings and Varnishes

ROOM 1101, HALL 11
Understand how inks, top and barrier coatings, primers and varnishes are being adapted and applied to modern narrow-web converting operations using: offset, flexo, letterpress, screen and combination technologies. Gain a clear understanding of how ink components interact with drying and curing technologies. Current legislation, including ink migration, will also be addressed, along with how to establish adhesion testing and quality assurance procedures.
This 4.5-hour master class will be presented by leading experts from the field of ink and coating technology. It is organized by the Label Academy, the global training program for the label and package printing industry.
The price includes the master class, refreshments, lunch and a copy of the text book (€89 if bought separately).
For everyone's benefit, seating is strictly limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


09:00 Digital Color Communication – from the ink kitchen to the customer

  • How to communicate color today
  • Usage and visualisation of color references
  • Brand color realisation with a digital color card solution

09:25 Understanding label and package printing inks

  • What are the different components of an ink or coating and why are they all used?
  • The differences between solid and liquid inks and using different print technologies
  • The relationship between inks and substrates

09:55 Ink drying and curing: the key to faster speeds, web handling and finishing

  • Accelerated drying: heat, chemical reaction or radiation curing
  • Curing using ultra-violet light (UV), light-emitting diodes (LED) and electron beams (EB)
  • Drying high speed water-base and solvent inks

10:25 Manufacturing for quality, performance and printability

  • Understanding why different manufacturing technologies are required
  • Measuring, milling, testing and packaging/storage
  • Manufacturing and storage of food packaging compliant inks
10:55 Break with tea and coffee

11:05 Digital color control and ink management

  • The importance of achieving accurate color
  • Color theory and achieving brand color consistency
  • Value adding digital color control

11:30 Special coatings for impact, security and added value

  • Adding functionality to a label surface with special coatings
  • Using coatings to bring decorative value to labels
  • Specialty coatings: metallic, food contact, LED, in-mold labeling and digital

12:00 Understanding in-house ink logistics

  • Automated ink dispensing and recycling of press return inks
  • Color matching inks
  • Dealing with traceability requirements 
12:30 Networking lunch

12:45 In-house testing of inks for on-press and end-use performance

  • Pre-press ink proofing system 
  • Assessing rub and environmental resistance 
  • Setting up a quality assurance system

13:15 Regulatory requirements for food contact material inks

  • Relevant regulations
  • Migration of ink components
  • Shared compliance work in the supply chain
  • Sarah Theisen | Department Manager Product Safety & Regulations and Recipe Management, Business Unit Flexibles EMEA | Siegwerk
13:45 End of master class

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