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Michelman showcases OPV solutions


DigiGuard 901 can be applied post print by mixing with many off the shelf UV overprint varnishes.

Michelman is showcasing solutions for HP Indigo Pack Ready for Labels at Labelexpo Americas 2018. DigiGuard 901, a post-print UV OPV strengthener, improves the performance of HP-validated OPVs used in combination with Michelman’s inline primers.

DigiGuard 901 can be applied post print by mixing with many off the shelf UV overprint varnishes, and provides further versatility as it supports the entire portfolio of HP Indigo’s existing label press solutions including HP Indigo 6000 series presses, the HP Indigo 8000, and the HP Indigo 20000. Because of the higher level of water, thermal, and chemical resistance the strengthener provides, HP Indigo press owners are now able to move further up into applications requiring the most stringent industry specifications, specifically for the home and personal care segment.

Michelman is also highlighting a variety of general purpose OPV solutions. Michem Flex M1203, a water-based matte finish OPV for use with all polymer materials, allows brand owners to use polymer materials and create a paper look with a soft velvety texture. It can be applied in registration, which allows for clear windows to highlight the product and/or a mixture of gloss and matte finishes that can enhance overall shelf appeal.

Michelman is introducing visitors to Michem Flex Barrier 3510, as well. This solution is a water-based coating that provides a transparent and durable high oxygen barrier that offers better protection from the fractures and pinholes that occur with traditional oxygen barriers. Specifically designed for flexible packaging in food applications, Michem Flex Barrier 3510 is applied inline or off-line by flexo or gravure without a primer. It is extremely user-friendly resulting in a highly durable, cost-effective package. The new coating is ready-to-use as a single component, requires no mixing, and therefore has excellent shelf life. Unlike other barrier coatings, it contains no chlorine or nanoparticles. It has excellent printability and lamination bond strength.