Printing industry

AIMPLAS provides solutions to the main technology problems facing the printing industry.

Functional printing

Analysis of printed material properties

Smart inks and varnishes

Sustainable printing

Our solutions

Functional printing

  • New features added to printed materials:
    • Traceability, monitoring and anti-counterfeiting solutions.
    • Enhanced material properties: barrier, bactericidal, physical-mechanical, surface, optical, and sliding properties.
    • Printing of visual indicators: process temperature, cold-chain breakage, time-temperature, freshness, humidity and leakage.
  • Development of active and smart labels and packaging.
  • Printing of flexible electronic components: RFID antennas, printed circuits, resistors, electroluminescence, sensors.

Development of inks and varnishes with advanced properties

  • Development of new inks, varnishes and lacquers with new features and enhanced properties
    • Conductive inks.
    • Gas barrier coatings.
    • Bactericidal, insecticidal and repellent coatings.
  • Development of visual indicators: time-temperature, freshness, humidity, leakage, etc
  • New product development: analysis of the interaction between the substrate, ink, and machine. Selection of the best combination of materials and processes.

Sustainable printing

  • Development of sustainable inks and substrates: water-based inks, renewable source coatings, eco-friendly solvents, biodegradable substrates.
  • Environmental impact assessment: carbon footprint and life cycle analysis.
  • Eco-design and reduction of the environmental impact generated by the product and during the printing process.
  • Upgrading the recyclability of printed substrates through decontamination techniques.

Analysis of printed material properties

  • Optical properties: measurement and comparison of colour, gloss, transparency.
  • Physical and mechanical resistance of printed inks and varnishes: adhesion, abrasion, scrub resistance, tensile strength, tearing, puncture resistance, impact resistance, etc. Analysis of ink and varnish migration onto packaging substrates and labels used with food
  • Analysis of multilayer structures, thicknesses and materials used.
  • Accelerated ageing tests.
  • Biodegradability and compostability tests.

Our projects

AQUAFLEX

AQUAFLEX

Development of a laminable water-based system for VOCs reduction in the flexible packaging industry

BACTINT

BACTINT

Research and development of active varnishes and smart inks for packaging functional printing

Biopoli

BIOPOLI

Research and improvement of printing properties on commercial biodegradable polymers

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