AstroNova launches food safe, flexible packaging printing solution
16 Oct 2018 --- AstroNova Product Identification is set to unveil a new solution that enables AstroNova printers to digitally print food-friendly, heat sealable, flexible packaging materials at Pack Expo International, in the US.
“Our new solution to digitally print on flexible packaging materials provides AstroNova Product Identification with an excellent new growth opportunity within the food market and beyond,” says AstroNova President and CEO Greg Woods.
“We look forward to demonstrating this breakthrough technology as well as our expansive product line-up from our QuickLabel and TrojanLabel businesses at Pack Expo,” he adds.
Designed to work with TrojanLabel presses, this new digital, narrow-format solution can be used in either a standalone printing mode or in-line with standard packaging equipment for a complete “print and pack” process. The combination of the unique ink and lamination offers a food-friendly packaging solution that allows users to seal in both horizontal and vertical form fill and seal machines using low temperatures for high-speed sealing.
Going digital will easily allow flexible packaging printers to produce short- to mid-level packaging runs on demand. This feature includes the ability to print barcodes and variable data, with the precise registration that is expected from TrojanLabel presses. This printing solution can easily be expanded to include a wide array of product packaging, offering the ability to produce the exact number of custom printed packages needed.
The unique, ultra-thin, white gloss PET film was specifically developed to be receptive to AstroNova’s water-based inkjet inks. The inner transparent sealing layer of the film protects food products from coming into contact with the outer layer. The water-based inks used are food friendly, odorless, and free of reactive chemistries, making them safer than other inks available on the market today. The inks comply with several US, European and Japanese standards.
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