ebeam Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of electron beam (EB) products, has introduced ebeam Core 100/760, an EB curing system optimized for over-print finishing applications for HP Indigo 20000 press.

The Core 100/760 EB curing system is designed for finishing of labels and flexible packaging materials printed on the HP Indigo 20000 press.

The new curing system, which is said to be effectively instant, allows HP Indigo digital press users to produce safe indirect food-contact packaging.

HP Indigo global flexible packaging segment manager Mach Machikawa said: “The combination of HP Indigo 20000 and ebeam Core 100/760 with either an inline or near line coating unit is a perfect fit for surface print flexible packaging, such as Form Fill Seal reel-fed lidding applications, which require highly demanding and durable protection for HP Indigo ElectroInks.”

“The potential for faster turnaround times, new market opportunities through high value-added embellishment, and sustainability offer HP Indigo 20000 users a genuine competitive edge.”

ebeam said that the new curing system allows the production of high-gloss, matte and soft-touch finishes that are scratch, tear, puncture and fade resistant, thus increasing the package durability and abrasion resistance.

The finished label and packaging materials will have increased heat resistance, the firm noted.

Additionally, the ebeam curing system can be used to perform Cast & Cure process to enable production of holograms, making the finished products stand out on store shelves.

ebeam Technologies business development manager Elsa Callini said: “Our ebeam Core 100/760 solution is based on a simple design originated from our proven and reliable ebeam Core series. It has an integrated shield roll for web support and, thanks to electron beam technology’s considerably lower energy consumption, is cost effective to operate.”

The new curing system also addresses many flexible packaging challenges, including fast turnaround times, environmental factors and traditional barriers to the safe production of indirect food-contact flexible packaging, Callini further said.

ebeam said that the ebeam Core 100/760 performance was demonstrated successfully on a GM coating unit at the HP Indigo Worldwide VIP Event held in February 2018 in Israel.

Image: A HP Indigo 20000 press. Photo: courtesy of HP Development Company, L.P.