Individual Inks by Hapa Ink
Hapa Ink is a division of Hapa, the innovative on demand printing specialist. It is experiencing a rapid increase in demand of sales for individually developed inks…
An increasing number of companies are searching for an ink supplier ready to design or tailor inks to their specifications and volume needs, specifically when the volume of ink to be ordered is low. Hapa Ink develops, produces and delivers inks customised to clients’ applications, substrates, and volume needs, no matter how small.
Both the division’s standard range and its tailored and security inks deliver significantly higher print quality. “Our inks are developed for optimal printing on plastic, aluminum, and labeling materials of all types,” explains Head of Hapa Ink, Mathias Theiler. The inks feature exceptional adhesion, bleed control, fastness against light, jetting quality, and stability. Theiler adds, “We are particularly proud of the opacity of our white inks, which we believe is unsurpassed in the industry.” From its launch in late 2013, Hapa Ink has fulfilled orders of any size, no matter how small. Long-term availability of all inks is guaranteed.
Counterfeit protection for CMYK applications
Hapa Ink has developed a taggant ink for CMYK applications in response to customer demand for UV digital inks for use in security printing. The proof-of-concept inks prove that it is possible to print in CMYK applications with taggants, the uniquely encoded submicron particles or chemicals that aid in the verification of a product’s authenticity. Research and development of the inks is proceeding and includes work with varnishes. The attributes of the proof-of-concept inks are being tested further for their performance characteristics during the course of printing, as well as for long-term stability and integrity.
The Hapa Ink development team employs a range of sophisticated analytical methods and tools to optimise viscosity, rheology, jet-ability, and surface tension. They conduct precise UV Vis-analysis, FT-IR spectroscopy analysis, develop specialised UV dispersions, as well as quantify color vibrancy and opacity. Hapa Ink also has developed a range of cleaning agents specifically designed for UV inks. “Evident trends towards just-in-time production, lean batch processes and ever more specialised and complex packaging are all relevant to the demand for our inks,” explains Theiler. “The bottom line is that quality needs to be 100 per cent correct on each and every production run to extract maximum cost effectiveness. Specialised inks specifically developed for the process and materials involved guarantee best results every time and reduce the risks of packaging error.” He adds, “Quite simply, it’s more efficient to tailor ink to process than processes to ink.”
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