Ebeam Technologies and Edale have achieved the integration of Ebeam’s electron beam (Ebeam) curing technology into Edale and AB Graphic International’s co-developed Digicon 3000.
The Digicon 3000, which was originally launched in 2013, is a mid-web finishing device for digitally printed flexible packaging and labels.
The configurable machine offers options including finishing for labels, shrink-sleeve packaging and POS as well as inline coating and lamination of flexible packaging and labels. It is also compatible with the HP Indigo 20000 digital press.
Swiss company Ebeam said its instant curing technology, which is available as an option on the Digicon 3000 with immediate effect, has numerous benefits when integrated into post-press finishing, particularly in relation to the wider materials printed on an Indigo 20000.
These include improved print integrity and visual presentation as well as increased efficiency, package durability and abrasion resistance. The technology is also said to be more environmentally sustainable as it eliminates the need for solvents, produces virtually no VOCs and requires very little energy.
Another advantage of Ebeam technology, the company said, is its removal of the need for photo-initiators, making it suitable for use with food packaging.
Edale managing director James Boughton said: “Electron beam curing resolves many key challenges Digicon 3000 customers face such as fast turnaround times and environmental factors.”
Separately, Ebeam has also launched a new inkjet inks curing system, EID (Ebeam Inkjet Dryer), which the firm claims is the world’s first compact electron beam curing system for inkjet inks.
This development has made the Ebeam technology accessible for use with inks, varnishes, coatings and laminating adhesives.
Ebeam Technologies director of sales for Europe Urs V Läuppi said: “This is the first time that Ebeam has been used to dry inkjet inks on narrow-web presses. Classic Ebeam systems are too big for inkjet systems and usually just as big as the inkjet printer itself.”
Läuppi added the new system, which is 200mm in diameter and 400mm-wide, lends itself to be incorporated into inkjet printing systems like a UV lamp.