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Flexo inks

Water-based

Flexographic water-based inks brand name Astra-Inks developed in accordance to modern requirements of printing industry. We present to our customer two series of water-based flexographic inks: AstraNor-10 for printing on absorbent substrates and Astra FlxBLE for printing on non-absorbent substrates.

pH

Solid content

Temperature

8-9

40-50 %

20 °C

Design

Create a unique design for your customers.

With metallized silver and gold flexographic inks you will be able to 
perform the mos sophisticated orders.
Both shades have a pleasant pearl luster.
We offer pantones: Silver - 877u and Gold - 871u, 872u, 873u, 874u, 
875u, 876u.

 

Astra Nor-10

For printing on absorbent substrates

High concentrated flexographic water-based inks. Has a high pigments level, non-foaming, has excellent printed properties, quick-drying, can be used on high-speed printing machines.
Application area: white and brown liners, kraft, recycling paper, tissues and toilet paper.

Recommendation

for use:

Inks should be mixed well before use. Recommended printing viscosity 
18-25 sec. acc. to DIN Cup 4
Choose printing viscosity corresponding to the type of printing machine. 
Dilute inks with water if necessary.
Do not let inks dry inside the printing machine!
Guarantee shelf life - 12 months in dry, good ventilated place, at the optimum room temperature 5-25 deg C., in hermetically closed cans.

Printability

2 times

Astra-Inks

better than 

competitors

Competitors

Service life of the cliche

3 times

longer

Water-based inks

Solvent-based inks

Astra FlxBLE

For printing on non-absorbent substrates

High concentrated flexographic water-based inks. Has a high pigments level, non-foaming, has excellent printed properties, quick-drying, can be used on high-speed printing machines.
Application area: polymer films and packaging, labels (PP, PE, PVC, PET, BOPP) their analogs and modifications, including metallized substrates.

Recommendation

for use:

Inks should be mixed well before use. Recommended printing viscosity 
18-25 sec. acc. to DIN Cup 4.
Choose printing viscosity corresponding to the type of printing machine. Dilute inks with water if necessary.
Do not let inks dry inside the printing machine!
Flexographic water-based inks Astra FlxBLE series is perfect for all types of anilox rolls (chrome and ceramic), as well as for any types of rubber and photopolymer plates.
Guarantee shelf life - 12 months in dry, good ventilated place, at the optimum room temperature 5-25 deg C., in hermetically closed cans.

 

Printing viscosity

18-25

Lightfastness

3-7

Flexographic printing

Overview

The basis of the word  "Flexo" is Latin word flexibilis, what means - flexible; and the Greek word graphein, what means - to write or to draw.

Flexography is used for printing on a variety of packaging, plastic bags, paper, corrugated cardboard, in the labels production and many others.

Now flexography is one of the major type of printing.


History

First time something like flexography were used in 19th century at the wallpapers printing. However, the inventor of this kind of print process can be considered the owner of the German engineering company - Karl Holvego.

Originally flexography been used for sealing the surfaces of the paper bags and other packaging materials. 

The next step in the flexo print development started around 1912, when the Paris company "Cellophane" started production of the plastic bags with inscriptions and images printed with aniline inks.  

Around 1952 with advent of the new sensing surfaces in the market, flexo print goes to the next stage of the inks development. 


Inks

Namely because of inks can be achieved brightness, saturation and gloss required for many types of packaging. 

Water-based inks considered as the most environmentally friendly and easy to use.

Pigments

Pigments are the primary constituents of inks. More often by word "inks" meant a suspension of pigments or blends of definite fillers.
Acrylic emulsion is the binder of our pigments. Color and opacity depends on the type of the pigment.
Opacity is the ability of the pigment or inks cover the surface of substrate with uniform application.
Pigments has a certain color due to the ability of selectively reflect visible light rays.
Pigment absorb the rays selectively: one part of the rays which make the daylight is absorbed, and the other part reflect from the pigment surface, creating in our eyes a certain color perception.
For example, if the pigment absorbs violet, blue, green, yellow rays and reflect red, then the surface is perceived as red color.
Pigment that reflect almost all incident light, appears as white, and pigment that absorb incident light rays across the whole spectrum is black.