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UV / EB Laminating Adhesives

SpecialChem / Edward M Petrie – May 20, 2009

Adhesives that cure via ultraviolet (UV) or electron beam (EB) radiation have become popular in recent years due to their environmental characteristics as well as their effect on the corporation’s profitability. UV and EB processes contribute to the bottom line by greatly increasing productivity, reducing scrap and waste, and lowering inventory. While the main drivers in this market have been environmental compliance issues, it is expected that economics and performance and/or process capabilities are now complementing the environmental value as drivers for industry growth. The motivating factors shown in Table 1 have been suggested for using UV / EB curing.This article will concentrate on the potential productivity improvements and reduced cost provided by UV/EB adhesives systems. It will also primarily focus on the major markets for UV / EB adhesives such as flexible packaging where pressure sensitive and laminating adhesives are commonly used...

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