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Collins Inkjet showed its new EB inks during drupa 2016. “Our electron beam (EB) technologies are good for high volume applications,” said Lawrence Gamblin, president of Collins Inkjet. “EB has a small footprint and has a better solution for food labeling as there are no photoinitiators and migration is much better in limited tests. EB inks are much more stable. UV and UV LED are still dominant technologies.”

EB curing inkjet inks are Collins’ newest area of energy curable ink development. EB curing occurs by a similar polymerization process as UV and LED curing inks, but without the requirement of photo initiators. Collins embarked on this project after seeing that the prices of ebeam curing units were approaching those of high-end LED UV curing units.