|Emerging Technology Award Winner - Interprint NA, Pittsfield, MA|
Interprint is a worldwide leading designer and printer of decorative papers used as the design layer in laminate surfaces such as kitchen countertops, flooring, furniture and retail fixtures. To supplement this paper-based business, the company recently invested in equipment that cures coatings that have been applied to a printed oriented polypropylene (OPP) with an electron beam. The resultant product provides excellent moisture and scratch/abrasion resistance. It also offers exceptional print fidelity, mitre foldability and gloss with low energy consumption, carbon footprint and cost.
EB curing of coatings on polypropylene films provides excellent print fidelity, moisture resistance, mitre foldability, excellent scratch and abrasion resistance, gloss at low energy consumption carbon footprint and cost. The EB unit was installed last year after 2 years of development. This industry typically uses low & medium pressure melamine formaldehyde laminates, which is a very energy intensive process.