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Water-based film inks: Advanced Formulation

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Recorded on Jul 6, 2022

Formulate water-based printing inks that equal solvent-borne inks performance and avoid issues like slow drying, foaming tendency, poor press stability.

Terence Kenneth will share how to best combine latest generation of raw materials (biobased, SMA resins + others) to achieve the desired WB inks. He will uncover formulation secrets & performance tweaking tips from recently commercialized inks.

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Terence Kenneth Presented By:
Terence Kenneth
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Advanced

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Why should you view this course?

Increasing environmental awareness and the consequent toughening of regulations have raised the demand for water-based inks on a global level. And, thanks to new developments in ink formulation & resin chemistry... the WB inks can now match the performance standard of solvent-based inks (resolubility, resistance and adhesion).

If you still face difficulties in meeting the solvent-based performance (film adhesion, drying speed, printability, foaming, resolubility…), join this course and:

1. Match your WB inks performance to solvent-based level by reviewing key success factors: substrate treatment, role of each raw material (bio-based, SMA resins + others), tweaking logic.

2. Keep up with emerging materials which ease formulation of water-based flexo, OPV varnish, and gravure inks for plastic substrates.

3. Optimize your formulations to meet specific needs and end uses including wax or coalescing solvent substitution, pigment source replacement.
Water-based film inks

Who should view this course?

  • Formulators of water based printing inks needing to develop competitive products and match solvent based inks performance
  • Polymers & additives suppliers wishing to better support their customers in meeting their water based inks performance targets

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Course Outline

  1. How water based inks compete with solvent-based inks

  2. Most Critical Performance criteria  per Application:
    • Food/Confectionery Packaging
    • PVC Wall coverings
    • Labels

  3. Substrates printed with Water Based inks:
    • PET
    • BOPP, PP
    • LDPE, HDPE
    • PVC
    • Nylon
    • Cellophane

  4. Recommended Surface Treatment Levels (corona treating, flame treating, use of chemical primers)

  5. Raw Materials Used in Water-based Inks:
    • Pigments
    • Surface modifying additives
    • Waxes
    • Resins
    • Specialty polymers...

  6. Effect of raw materials on:
    • Adhesion
    • Drying Speed
    • Surface Tension
    • Print Quality
    • Pigment Wetting
    • Foaming

  7. Adjustment in Practice:
    • Common concerns
    • Starting formulation design
    • Performance tweaking

  8. Cost and Other Considerations

  9. Concluding Remarks

  10. 30 min Q&A session – Ask you questions directly to the expert!

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Members Reviews

Gave a great overview (with specific formulations) on how & why certain inks are beings used.

Charron , from

Very Good content! Good overview of formulation techniques.

Monica Liu , from Sun Chemical

A lot of ink formulation and additives which is very useful for our development.

Patiwat Wichayapakon , from Thai Mitsui Specialty Chemical Co. Ltd

Gave us some new insights into current formulation trends of water based ink systems.

, from

VERY GOOD ! Highlighted needs of ink makers, and some solutions to problems that I face as a pigment producer.

Neil M. , from Lomon Billions Group

Excellent course, because it covered all aspects of making water based inks.

Anthony A. , from AirFluids

I particularly liked the suggestions for raw materials and how to mix them as well as how the balance of acid/alkali or Tg impact the ink performance.

Tammy C. , from Mica Corporation

Very Good! We were looking for a precise picture on the application field.

Enrico S. , from Lamberti Spa

The course gave a detailed understanding of water based inks with some useful examples and what to look for when formulating new products.

Mark M. , from MacDermid Autotype

Excellent! The material provided in this course will be useful to tailor our WB inks according to our needs.

Huzaifa M. , from Service Associates

Excellent course - I am fairly new to WB inks and this helped me understand the basics and common raw materials used.

Jeanine S. , from Air Products and Chemicals

I am new to water based formulation so this was a big help.

Richard S. , from 3M

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