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Water-based film inks: Advanced Formulation

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Wednesday May 24, 2017

Formulate water-based inks that equal solvent-borne ink performance and avoid slow drying speed, foaming tendency, poor press stability… by reviewing how to best combine latest generation of raw materials (incl. SMA resins).


Terence Kenneth, with his 30-years experience in ink formulation will share his extremely valuable & fresh findings resulting from intensive work on WB inks. He will uncover formulation secrets & performance tweaking tips from recently commercialized inks.

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Presented By:
Terence Kenneth
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Advanced

Next Session: May 24, 2017
10:00 a.m. (New York City)
4:00 p.m. (Paris)

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Why should you attend?

The packaging market strongly calls for WB inks now that they have improved... If you still face difficulties to match SB performance (film adhesion, drying speed, printability, foaming, resolubility…), join this advanced formulation course and:


1. Raise your waterborne ink performance to solvent-based level by reviewing key success factors:  substrate treatment, the role of each raw material, the tweaking logic…

2. Keep up with emerging materials which ease formulation of WB flexo, OPV varnish, and gravure inks for plastic substrates


3. Easily meet in practice specific needs & end uses with guidance for wax or coalescing solvent substitution, pigment replacement…

Water-based film inks: Advanced Formulation

Who should attend?

  • WB Inks Formulators needing to develop competitive products and match solvent based inks performance
  • Polymers & additives suppliers wishing to better support their customers in meeting their WB inks performance targets

Course Outline

  1. How water based inks compete with Solvent-based Inks

  2. Most Critical Performance criteria  per Application:
    • Food/Confectionery Packaging
    • PVC Wall coverings
    • Labels

  3. Substrates printed with WB inks:
    • PET
    • BOPP, PP
    • LDPE, HDPE
    • PVC
    • Nylon
    • Cellophane

  4. Recommended Surface Treatment Levels (corona treating, flame treating, use of chemical primers)

  5. Raw Materials Used in Water-based Inks:
    • Pigments
    • Surface modifying additives
    • Waxes
    • Resins
    • Specialty polymers...

  6. Effect of raw materials on:
    • Adhesion
    • Drying Speed
    • Surface Tension
    • Print Quality
    • Pigment Wetting
    • Foaming

  7. Adjustment in Practice:
    • Common concerns
    • Starting formulation design
    • Performance tweaking

  8. Cost and Other Considerations

  9. Concluding Remarks

  10. 30 min Q&A session – Ask you questions directly to the expert!

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Members Reviews

I particularly liked the suggestions for raw materials and how to mix them as well as how the balance of acid/alkali or Tg impact the ink performance.

Tammy C. , from Mica Corporation

Excellent course, because it covered all aspects of making water based inks.

Anthony A. , from AirFluids

Very Good! We were looking for a precise picture on the application field.

Enrico S. , from Lamberti Spa

The course gave a detailed understanding of water based inks with some useful examples and what to look for when formulating new products.

Mark M. , from MacDermid Autotype

Excellent! The material provided in this course will be useful to tailor our WB inks according to our needs.

Huzaifa M. , from Service Associates

Excellent course - I am fairly new to WB inks and this helped me understand the basics and common raw materials used.

Jeanine S. , from Air Products and Chemicals

I am new to water based formulation so this was a big help.

Richard S. , from 3M

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