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FLEXO Magazine : March 2011
Industry Indicators SGP Appoints Shannon Palmer as Executive director SEATTLE — Sustainable Green Print- ing Partnership (SGP), an independent, non-profit organization for sustainability certification in the graphic communica- tions industry, has appointed Shannon Palmer as executive director. Palmer brings 16 years of professional experi- ence from across the graphic commu- nications industry. She has worked as a production manager and print buyer for advertising agencies and worked in internal marketing for retail companies. In addition, Palmer holds an MBA in Sustainability from Bainbridge Gradu- ate Institute. Palmer will focus on moving SGP, an organization founded by the Flexographic Technical Association and other major graphic arts associations, into the future by executing an aggressive outreach pro- gram for the organization’s three target audiences: printing organizations, print brokers/buying community and patrons. “I am thrilled to be bringing to SGP both my passion for sustainability and my print background. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with the graphics community and to support its efforts to create and expand environmental and social justice programs,” says Palmer. Innovations in UV/EB Curing Technology GAITHERSBURG, Md. — U V/EB curing has played a critical role in many manufacturing processes and remains in widespread use today around the globe, according to Dawn Skinner, process development manager, Fusion UV Systems, Inc. “Historically, the North American market has been the largest consumer of UV/EB curable materials. However, India, China and South Amer- ica, are all making an impact on the global manufacturing and consumption market for these materials. ” New raw materials are enabling manu- facturers using UV/EB to offer new prod- ucts in existing markets, she explained. “ Those offering resins based on renew- able resources are meeting requests from print and packaging buyers that certify that their products are manufactured us- ing sustainable resources and processes. Furthermore, this ability to offer these products provides the UV/EB industry with a great opportunity to demonstrate and capitalize upon its sustainable features in energy usage reduction.” Counted among recent innovations are waterborne UV/EB curable res- ins, Skinner said. “It is a challenge to formulate 100-percent solid UV coatings with the necessary low viscosity and still retain the flexible characteristics that applications in plastic coatings may demand. Waterborne UV curing resins offer the potential to bridge this gap. ” Many materials now coming onto the market are based on polyurethane dis- persion technology, she reported. They allow freedom to build up polymers with a range of properties, thereby tailor- ing the performance to applications from high-gloss coatings for plastics or metals to flexible, resilient coatings for wood or flooring to soft-feel coatings for plastic components. According to Skinner, printed elec- tronics comprise an area of emphasis. “Growth figures for this application are certainly very impressive, with estimates of a $57 billion market by 2019.” Printed electronics can be produced on low-cost substrates, such as plastic films. Examples include thin batteries, flexible displays, e -paper, transistors, RFID and photovoltaics. Many of the substrates used in printed electronics are heat sensitive films, so low-tempera- ture curing of the coatings and inks is a major requirement to prevent distortion of the substrate. There are opportunities for UV curing in a variety of processes within the manufacturing sector, includ- ing dielectric coatings, encapsulants, barrier coatings, conductive inks and anti-reflective coatings. “ T he rapid cure of UV inks and coat- ings, and the low heat impact of the pro- cess, are the key motivating factors for the printed electronics manufacturers’ interest in UV curing technology,” Skin- ner said. “ Furthermore, elimination of VOC emissions with UV curable coatings ensures this new technology can meet the latest environmental legislation. ” L-r: Joe Lydic, art director, and Gary Munch, prepress manager, examine HD Flexo plate. www.flexography.org MarcH 2011 FLEXO 11 Harper has devoted an entire division to help flexographic printers and converters achieve unprecedented levels of consistency, quality and profitability. Using our exclusive SHarper SystemTM we eliminate variables that impact quality and increase predictability of press results. Call 800-438-3111 for a free copy. Smart. To learn more, call 704.588.3371 or Toll Free at 800.438.3111 Or visit our website. Graphicsolutions DiVision harpE riM a GE.coM Americas • Europe • Asia ©2011 FLX_March11.indd 11 3/18/11 1:31 PM