Global coding and marking specialists, DataLase, has launched a UV offset (UVO) litho metal decoration coating, designed for use on offset litho presses equipped with UV curing units.
Suitable for use on treated tin plate, the functional coating can be used to help address the challenges faced by production and manufacturing companies with product coding requirements, such as printing QR codes and expiry dates onto primary packaging applications.
It can be used for food & drink, home, pharmaceutical, medical and industrial packaging.
DataLase UVO litho metal decoration formulations have been optimised to deliver unsurpassed product stability and excellent flow properties.
When used in combination with an appropriate CO2 laser marking system, consistent high quality, high contrast, permanent black-on-white coding can be achieved. DataLase UVO litho metal decoration provides brands with the ability to improve the traceability of their goods, and the tamper proof and anti-counterfeit nature of the solution can assist with advancing the security of products.
The coating also gives brands the ability to explore additional marketing and engagement opportunities around connected or ‘smart’ packaging.
The DataLase UVO litho metal decoration solution provides a number of key benefits, being heat, water, scuff and rub resistant when used in conjunction with standard thermal overprint varnish.
The marking, which provides sharp and clear quality, can also be cured under traditional UV lamps; a process which can improve overall productivity when combined with an appropriate CO2 laser marking system and eliminates consumables from production and manufacturing environments.
The solution is suitable for non-direct food contact packaging applications and designed for tamper-proof, anti-counterfeit coding and marking.
DataLase’s CSMO, Paul Dustain, said: “The new DataLase UVO litho metal decoration offering is an important functional coating, providing multiple benefits for production environments in various markets, particularly in improving security, traceability and anti-counterfeiting.
“In addition, it also offers brands additional marketing and engagement opportunities, enabling connected packaging. DataLase will continue to push forward with increased technological advancement in order to further develop our market leading Photonic Printing Solutions.”