Corrugated boxes are the backbone of the booming e-commerce industry. Business is booming as demand for boxes has reached an all-time high. Packaging for food and beverage products, durable consumer goods, electronics and electrical appliances require high quality printing.
This makes Corrugated Week a great place to learn about the evolution of digital inkjet printing as an attractive and affordable choice, said Jim Wegemer, National Account Manager for INX.
“Last year, SuperCorr Expo laid the groundwork for Corrugated Cardboard Week. It was very well attended despite COVID-19, and many attendees were visiting their first show in a long time,” added Wegemer, who joined INX 35 years ago. “There is an excellent technical program, making this year’s event a great opportunity for corrugated converters and suppliers, as well as TAPPI and AICC members, to come together.
Wegemer will serve as co-moderator for the digital printing panel on Tuesday, September 20 from 9-10:15 a.m. Along with Steve Woodward of ARC International, they will engage representatives using equipment from Barberan, Domino, EFI and HP in a discussion that will involve a range of real world printing solutions with corrugated board.
“Digital ink for corrugated cardboard is important. Our session will focus on converters and printers and their experiences in digital print production,” he said. “I expect our group to have a lively conversation as they discuss their successes and challenges, and invite attendees to join in our Q&A session.”
Wegemer also invites attendees to stop by the INX booth to learn more about digital offerings and TriStar SpH and Process inks, in addition to several dispersions and dispensers that will also be available. TriStar SpH offers the ability to run at faster speeds with a few line colors, or more complex jobs on 6, 7, or 8 color presses using water-based and UV coatings.
“TriStar SpH inks are an excellent choice for corrugated converters,” he said. “They combine high quality with pH stable technology and are low maintenance. This allows for more dynamic graphics and much longer stability on press. Our Process inks offer exceptional quality for use on white and coated boards, such as Kemi. These inks provide excellent print definition and trapping, which create vivid and attractive images.
Converters have full control over their ink inventory when using INXSperse 23 Waterborne Dispersions or INXSperse 23 Plus Dispersions. These solutions contain highly pigmented color concentrates that produce a full range of inks for use on a variety of applications and a variety of substrates. Wegemer says versatility and value go hand in hand for this series, making it an attractive choice for converters.
“INXSperse 23 dispersions are ideal for everyday needs. For applications where a low volume cell is used, INXSperse 23 Plus dispersions have the desired higher pigment loading,” he noted. “When combined with INX Extenders, these dispersions allow the corrugated printer to achieve the color and strength needed, regardless of the volume of anilox used.
“Beyond the products, the real added value is our service availability for customers,” added Wegemer. “We have a Dispenser Technology Group led by Dan Babe who can help converters select an ink dispenser that suits their needs. We also offer color management support, including GRACoL and G7 experts who have extensive application experience with spectrophotometers and color management.