Flint Group Narrow Web introduces EkoCure® XS – A UV LED Flexo ink system for Shrink Sleeves, improved adhesion and the fastest printing speeds.
EkoCure® XS is specifically designed for the demands of shrink sleeve applications. EkoCure® XS is a next generation LED technology developed by Flint Group Narrow Web, addressing key needs determined by many converters specializing in shrink sleeve market. Our experience in LED and conventional mercury curable ink system technology, combined with our understanding of the shrink market, enabled our R&D team to develop this best-in-class system. EkoCure® XS combines the latest ink chemistry including novel binders that provide perfect cure and sufficient flexibility of the cured ink allowing the adhesion to remain fool-proof – especially after post shrink processing is completed. EkoCure® is launched in a full range of Pantone base shades as well as special Opaque white inks.
EkoCure® XS is the first Shrink Sleeve System that is dual-cure. Our scientists have developed a unique combination of photo-initiators and binders allowing the ink to cross link from top to bottom and therefore cure fully when exposed to the UV wavelengths from either Mercury or LED lamps. In depth tests comparing EkoCure® XS with existing UV curable inks on the market show that EkoCure® XS exhibits the best adhesion performance at the highest printing speeds when run using standard 355 W/inch mercury lamp. This is in addition to having the best performance when compared to other LED curable products.