EB-curable inks from Kao are formulated as a safe, cost-efficient, durable, and reliable alternative to UV-curable and LED-curable inks. Rather than curing an ink liquid using photoinitiators, electron beam (EB) ink technology actually changes the chemical composition of the ink.
Common EB Curable Ink Applications
Compared to that of the traditional drying methods, EB-curable inks undergo full curing, without heat, penetrating the substrate to reduce the risk of migration. This supports many common industry applications for printing products and packaging.
- Food Packaging
- Beverage Containers
- Pharmaceutical Packaging
- Consumer Products
- Thin Films
Benefits of EB Inks
For food packaging and consumer product applications, the absence of photoinitiators in EB inks reduces odor and the potential for migration. Other benefits include:
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) free and do not produce other pollutant emissions, and do not generate residues or energy waste in their production.
EB offers more physical properties than any other curing technology.
Highly crosslinked curing of inks, coatings, and laminated or PSA (pressure sensitive adhesives).
Safer for food products.
No odor or extractables Works without photoinitiators, which avoids many regulatory constraints related to food packaging printing.*
More resistance to wear, abrasion and chemicals
It means savings in running and maintenance costs, and on the other hand, the waste reduction compared to other technologies
Available EB-Curable Inkjet Inks
Our expert team will be happy to help you find the right EB-curable inkjet ink solution for even the most complex problems. EB inks are available for use with these printheads:
Formulate Custom Inks
We can help you decide whether UV or EB ink is better for printing on your substrate, and our custom ink formulation services offer flexibility for industrial printers.
Please browse our catalogue and choose from our range of available inks already engineered to match your printing technology and specific applications. Or specify your ink’s performance requirements and ingredients, and our chemists can formulate an ink that meets your needs.
* Third-party lab testing should be conducted to evaluate migration.