Pulse underlines its expertise in dual cure inks

UK-based ink specialist Pulse Roll Label Products has arrived in Brussels to underline its expertise and showcase the benefits of its Monolox Fixed Anilox Printing and PureTone DC dual cure inks.

Visitors to the Pulse booth can learn more about the benefits of using a single anilox volume for their print jobs, made possible thanks to Pulse’s PureTone ink range.

Since its launch last October, Monolox Fixed Anilox Printing has been helping converters worldwide to maximise their uptime and reduce ink consumption by standardising the flexographic process.

Pulse Roll Label Products managing director Gary Seward said, “With PureTone inks and Monolox Fixed Anilox Printing, we’re fulfilling our commitment to helping printers boost their accuracy, efficiency and throughput by effectively making flexo label printing more efficient than digital, and at a fraction of the cost.

“Using PureTone inks and a bespoke mixing database, printers can use this cutting-edge technique to make any spot colour, using just one anilox volume. This has unprecedented benefits for print efficiency, providing high-speed make-ready and reducing waste through ink consumption. In fact, thanks to its high strength compared with other ink brands, using PureTone can cut ink consumption by as much as 30 per cent while still delivering a Delta E of less than two with ease.”

Pulse also showcases the new, high-performance ink, PureTone DC, which can be cured with UV LED lamps, using just a fraction of the power of traditional UV lamps.

Seward added, “Being fully Food Packaging Compliant, new PureTone DC is suitable for label converters supplying industry sectors that require compliance to food packaging regulations and guidelines. What’s more, the range also includes CMYK+OGV for extended colour gamut printing.”

LED lamps used with PureTone DC can deliver a more stable light, ensuring consistency of curing and print. Unlike traditional UV lights, they can also be switched on and off instantly.

PureTone DC’s dual-cure formulation means printers can use just one set of inks with both UV and LED curing presses, delivering further efficiency gains by avoiding unnecessary inventory and ink management complexity, as well as being able to convert across press by press. 

The new ink also matches the impressive strength of others in the Pulse range, making it easy to compare and match colours as necessary.

Seward said, “Offering increased performance compared with other suppliers, and with a dual cure formulation, this new solution gives printers the versatility and freedom they need to switch to LED ink at their convenience.”

PureTone DC’s dual-cure formulation means the initiators within the ink are activated when exposed to traditional UV lamps or UV LED light. This feature is designed to help printers gradually phase out their existing mercury-based curing equipment without requiring expensive initial investments. 

As an LED curing ink, PureTone DC can also cure at lower temperatures, making it suitable for a wider range of substrates, including heat-sensitive thin films.

“There are already significant restrictions on disposal of mercury and introducing it into the waste stream, and these regulations are only tightening. With different rules and procedures across different countries around the world – particularly with regard to landfill – printing businesses are looking to transition away now, to get ahead of the changes on the horizon,” Seward concluded.

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