Jetrion, a supplier of inkjet printers and inks based in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, has formed a partnership with Advanced Electron Beams Inc. (AEB), of Wilmington, MA, USA, to introduce an electron beam (EB or e-beam) curing unit specifically for the narrow web market.
AEB’s compact EB emitter has been paired with Jetrion’s 3025 drop-on-demand inkjet system for high-speed cure of inkjet inks. The unit was displayed for the first time at Labelexpo Europe 2005 in September.
According to a joint statement by the companies, AEB has simplified the use of EB technology — heretofore produced in wide format — and lowered the acquisition cost. Its small emitter unit is comparable in size to most UV systems, fits on all types of presses and can be retrofitted easily on existing presses.
“From the outset, we saw the potential of AEB’s compact e-beam emitter to provide an unparalleled high speed, cost-effective curing solution that will have a strong positive impact, most notably on label production,” says Ken Stack, president of Jetrion.
With a compact e-beam emitter installed in-line, printers have the capability of completely curing black, as well as other custom colors and even clear inks, on press at unprecedented speeds, with higher quality, more ink gloss and better adhesion than other energy-curing systems, according to Stack. E-beam curing also allows ink colors to remain more vivid and intense, he says.