Label Academy Master Class: Inks, Coatings and Varnishes

PRICE: $700
Understand how inks, top and barrier coatings, primers and varnishes are being adapted and applied to modern narrow web converting operations using: offset, flexo, letterpress, screen and combination technologies. Gain a clear understanding of how ink components interact with drying and curing technologies. Current legislation, including ink migration, will also be addressed, along with how to establish adhesion testing and quality assurance procedures.
This 4.5-hour master class will be presented by leading experts from the field of ink and coating technology. It is organized by the Label Academy, the global training program for the label and package printing industry.
The price includes the master class, refreshments, lunch and a copy of the text book ($129 if bought separately).
For everyone's benefit, seating is strictly limited. Please book early to avoid disappointment.


9:00 AMIntroduction to inks, coatings and varnishes

  • Understanding why different inks are used for different printing processes
  • Exploring how inks are manufactured, handled, stored and used
  • The impact on end use applications and requirements

9:25 AMUnderstanding label and package printing inks

  • What are the different components of an ink or coating and why are they all used?
  • The differences between solid and liquid inks and using different print technologies
  • The relationship between inks and substrates

9:55 AMInk drying and curing: the key to faster speeds, web handling and finishing

  • Accelerated drying: heat, chemical reaction or radiation curing
  • Curing using ultra-violet light (UV), light-emitting diodes (LED) and electron beams (EB)
  • Drying high speed water-based and solvent inks

10:25 AMManufacturing for quality, performance and printability

  • Understanding why different manufacturing technologies are required
  • Measuring, milling, testing and packaging/storage
  • Manufacturing and storage of food packaging compliant inks
10:55 AMBreak with tea and coffee

11:10 AMSpecial coatings for impact, security and added value

  • Adding functionality to a label surface with special coatings
  • Using coatings to bring decorative value to labels
  • Specialty coatings: metallic, food contact, LED, in-mold labeling and digital

11:35 AMUnderstanding in-house ink logistics

  • Automated ink dispensing and recycling of press return inks
  • Color matching inks
  • Dealing with traceability requirements 
12:05 PMNetworking lunch

12:30 PMIn-house testing of inks for on-press and end-use performance

  • Pre-press ink proofing system 
  • Assessing rub and environmental resistance 
  • Setting up a quality assurance system

1:00 PMLegislation and health and safety issues

  • OSHA and FDA regulations and migration ordinances
  • Regulatory requirements for handling inks, solvents, and pressroom chemicals
  • FDA clearance options where ink migration occurs 
1:30 PMEnd of master class

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