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Innovative Narrow-Web Flexible Packaging Film Laminator Showcased at Drupa Exclusively Employs Rohm and Haas's Water-Based Robond™ L

Published on 2008-04-23. Author : SpecialChem

PHILADELPHIA -- Specialty materials company Rohm and Haas announced that an innovative new narrow-web flexible packaging film laminating system scheduled for display at Drupa 2008 exclusively uses Rohm and Haas water-based Robond™ L acrylic adhesive. "This unique system produces laminations for customers who have very short lead times, and most adhesives we tested take too long to cure," says Johan Schur, president of Scanflex, which helped develop the system. "Robond L demonstrated optimal bond strength and short cure time in an environmentally advanced aqueous formulation. It's the only adhesive this system uses."

A partnership comprising Hewlett Packard, AB Graphics International and Scanflex developed the Digilam 330 film laminating system, available for purchase from AB Graphics. It rapidly produces short runs of narrow, extremely high quality, digitally printed flexible packaging laminations. Unlike typical equipment that laminates films a meter across at speeds topping 250 meters per minute, the Digilam system handles web widths from 200 to 350 mm wide at 60 meters per minute. Structures produced on the machinery, which employs HP Indigo digital printing inks, typically package relatively small lots of novelty food and confectionary items for corporate giveaways, marketing tools and the like.

The equipment offers converters an ideal entree into the rapidly developing, higher-margin packaging market for personalized advertising emblazoned with intense, highly-delineated graphics. "As big laminating jobs are increasingly under price pressure, label converters are realizing that specialized niche markets in flexible packaging carry tremendous opportunities for higher returns," says Christian Touzin, Rohm and Haas account manager for Flexible Packaging, Benelux. "We're thrilled to help label converters stay on top of their game through the Robond L adhesive technology."

Robond L adhesive adheres tightly to the wide variety of substrates the Digilam equipment processes, including OPP, PE and metallized films. The high sheer strength of Robond L gives key productivity advantages like immediate slitting that streamlines the laminating process, lowers inventory and reduces delivery time to customers. The two-component acrylic adhesive has no solvents, eliminating the expense and energy used to recover or incinerate them while also protecting air quality through lower VOCs. Additionally, Robond L adhesive tackles solvent retention concerns as well as preventing primary aromatic amine (PAA) formation.

Rohm and Haas is committed to innovation, and this new flexible packaging film laminating system is just another way the company is making the impossible possible.

Drupa 2008 will be held in Dusseldorf from May 29 to June 11 as a world stage for game-changing flexible packaging technologies. Rohm and Haas will be located in Hall 11 at booth D76 with their Robond L Series of adhesives, along with many other products.

About Rohm and Haas Packaging and Building Materials

This business provides an excellent range of products and technologies for a variety of end uses, including building materials, packaging, automotive and others. Products include adhesives and sealants for use in packaging, pressure-sensitive, construction, automotive and other applications; plastics additives for use in the packaging, construction and automotive industries to improve strength, flexibility, weather-resistance or process capabilities of materials; and functional polymers to enhance the qualities of textiles, nonwoven materials, graphic arts products, paper and leather materials.

About Rohm and Haas Company

Leading the way since 1909, Rohm and Haas is a global pioneer in the creation and development of innovative technologies and solutions for the specialty materials industry. The company's technologies are found in a wide range of industries including: Building and Construction, Electronics and Electronic Devices, Household Goods and Personal Care, Packaging and Paper, Transportation, Pharmaceutical and Medical, Water, Food and Food Related, and Industrial Process. Innovative Rohm and Haas technologies and solutions help to improve life every day, around the world. Based in Philadelphia, PA, the company generated annual sales of approximately $8.9 billion in 2007.

About AB Graphic International

AB Graphic International is a worldwide supplier of label converting and finishing machines with facilities in the UK, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and United States. The company offers a full range of converting lines either standard or tailored to requirements. New products include the Digicon Series 2 modular label converter, the Digicoat to prepare substrates for digital printing, the Digilam film laminator and the FSR film rewinder. Specialised applications include pharmaceutical converting lines, 100 percent web inspection, off-line RFID, booklet labeling and Braille machines. In 2007 the company was named official supplier of label converting systems for the HP digital print engine.

About Scanflex

Scanflex consults with, develops concepts for and offers educational courses to the flexible packaging and label markets. Based in Netherlands since 2004, Scanflex provides solutions for a wide range of clients including end-users, packagers, materials producers, converters and machinery manufacturers.

Source: Rohm and Haas


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