Notable differences between Aqueous Coatings and UV Coatings

Aqueous - UV Differences

Aqueous print coatings and UV (Ultraviolet) print coatings are types of coatings applied to printed materials to enhance their appearance, durability, and other functional properties. First and foremost both Aqueous (water-based) and UV coatings have achieved widespread use in the Graphic Arts Industry as competing top coats. Both offer aesthetic enhancement and protection, adding value […]

Is Cleaning up Forever Chemicals like PFAS on the Horizon?

Cleaning up Forever PFAS Chemicals from Drinking Water

Eradicating PFAS Forever Chemicals? Two exciting research developments from UC Riverside scientists, published in the journal “Nature Water”, have given rise to the hope that “forever chemicals” might be broken down and neutralized. The focus is on the subclass of these chemical products (PFAS) that contain chlorine atoms. New research under the leadership of Professor […]

Cork Welcomes Craig Lavosky!

Craig Lavosky

Cork Industries, Inc. welcomes Craig Lavosky to the team.  Craig will be filling the role of Operations Manager.  Along with operations, he will be overseeing intellectual property management, capital planning, regulatory compliance, and information technology. Craig has interned at Cork Industries as a Manufacturing Associate on the plant floor, learning and assisting with the manufacturing […]

Mystery of Drying Aqueous Coatings

Aqueous Coating

It’s well known and understood that washed clothing dries when the wash water is evaporated.  Similarly, paint dries when the diluent solvent is evaporated, leaving a film of dry paint solids. Aqueous coatings dry as volatile components (mainly water), about 60% of the typical formula composition, evaporate or are absorbed by a porous substrate.  Coalescence […]

Cork Congratulates Bob Furman!

Bob Furman

Please join Cork Industries in congratulating Bob Furman on his promotion to Technical Sales Representative. Bob is a graduate of Temple University, with a degree in Business Administration. Bob was previously responsible for Quality Control of Cork Industries’ Energy Curable portfolio.

Aqueous and UV Coatings Tricks to Cleanup Process

Printing Separation

Aqueous and UV / EB Coatings have distinct cleanup methods that can make the processes run better.  This article will address specific tricks to cleanup before, during, and after press runs of aqueous, UV, and EB Coatings. Safety First and Second We will tackle the important steps in the cleanup of coatings for both Aqueous […]

Measuring Durability in Coatings with Abrasion Testing

Not a proper abrasion test!

How do we best test to predetermine the durability of printed/coated graphic arts products? Abrasion tests can determine the durability of printed and coated graphic arts. The durability of a printed coating is typically defined by such terms as, scuff, wear, rub, smudge, abrasion, blotching, and/or pick-off resistance. Historically a problem, defacing abrasion damage is […]

Advantages of UV LED Curing in the Print Industry

Internet of things

The advantages of UV LED light curing over the traditional mercury lamp have been pushing its growth. Explosive Growth Recently LED lighting technology, because of its low energy consumption and long life, has been eating up the competition while being rolled out with an explosive future trend playing out.  Research from Gartner, Inc. says that Smart LED […]

UV LED Light Curing is Booming

LED Lights

Once a lab curiosity, barely able to cure a UV ink, UV LEDs first appeared early in the 21st century as play things, and then later as commercially available curing devices. With very low power initially, power levels have increased to a point where curing applications emerged in the last few years. Progress to full […]