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Creating More Sustainable Packaging With Inks and Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 05/15/2019

Inks and coatings contribute only a small percentage of weight to packaging, but they can play a major role in enhancing or disrupting its sustainability attributes.

Categories: Printing & Packaging, Dispersants, Resins and Binders

Digital Printing Takes Hold for Drum Labels

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 05/09/2019

As many industries continue the shift from analog to digital printing, its benefits have now made inroads within the chemical industry. Lubrizol has experienced better-than-expected results after adopting digital printing into its own drum labelling operations, reducing total costs in the process.

Categories: Digital Print, Formulated Solutions

Protecting Intellectual Property in the Chemical Industry

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 04/22/2019

Innovation in the chemical industry is essential for growth. But it can be a costly process requiring strategic management of IP protections to safeguard and maximize those investments.

Categories: Dispersants, Surface Modifiers, Resins and Binders

Formulating with ADH-Free Polyurethane Dispersions

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 04/11/2019

While ADH offers room temperature curing and a boost to beneficial coating properties, it has been deemed hazardous to the environment. Successfully formulating PUDs without ADH is possible.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Keys to an Effective Building Envelope

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 04/03/2019

Air barriers and continuous coatings are critical elements of an effective building envelope, which is the primary determinant of the amount of energy required to heat, cool and ventilate a building.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

NMP-Free PUDs are Possible

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/25/2019

NMP-free polyurethane dispersions are possible, using alternative solvents that aid in film formation and deliver the same benefits, but without the regulatory challenges.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

A World of Flame Retardance

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/19/2019

Formulators rely on flame retardants to create a layer of flammability protection for paper and textile applications, providing more time to escape and for first responders to save lives and minimize property damage.

Categories: Paper and Textiles, Resins and Binders, Formulated Solutions

The Role of a Pretreatment for Digitally Printed Textiles

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/14/2019

Inkjet printing on textiles continues to gain traction to achieve reduced lead times, customizable products, and shorter print runs, and pretreatments plays a critical role.

Categories: Formulated Solutions, Digital Print, Resins and Binders

Reducing TEA in Polyurethane Formulations without Reducing Performance

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 03/07/2019

While Triethylamine offers unique advantages in the production of polyurethane dispersions, TEA-free formulations can be just as effective—without hazards to human health.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Surface Modifiers Deliver Desired Effects in Coating and Ink Films

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/28/2019

Surface modifiers are additives that enable formulators to achieve specific effects for appearance, feel, slip, abrasion resistance and durability of inks and coatings. Diverse polymer chemistries and particle sizes are available for a range of applications.

Categories: Surface Modifiers, Paints and Coatings, Printing & Packaging, Paper and Textiles

Tape: More Than Just Sticky Paper

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/18/2019

A lot of technology goes into creating tape to meet the specific performance and functionality that formulators set out to achieve for diverse commercial and consumer applications. Saturants, adhesive polymers and release coating technologies all play important roles.

Categories: Resins and Binders, Paper and Textiles

Enhancing Water-Borne Coatings Through Better Pigment Dispersants

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/12/2019

With ever-changing regulations and environmental requirements for water-borne, lower VOC coatings, dispersants must evolve to deliver similar performance benefits as solvent-borne systems.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Dispersants

The Indispensability of Dispersants

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 02/05/2019

Without dispersants, the world would be a much less colorful place. Dispersant additives can be found in a tremendous range of products, delivering diverse functionality to inks and coatings.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Dispersants, Printing & Packaging

Digitally Printed Packaging For The Food Industry - Compliance Insight

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/29/2019

As digital printing on packaging for the food and beverage continues to grow, it is critical that suppliers understand the complex regulatory landscape surrounding food contact materials.

Categories: Printing & Packaging, Digital Print

Adaptable Durability For Water-Borne Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/15/2019

Where some polyurethane dispersions come up short, polyamide polyurethane technologies offer new levels of performance and capability, adaptable to the specific needs of diverse wood and metal coating applications.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Primers Enhance Digital Printing on Corrugated Packaging

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/08/2019

Print primers are critical to success in this new world of digitally printed corrugated packaging. Just like in analog printing, coatings bridge the performance gap between the ink and the substrate.

Categories: Printing & Packaging, Digital Print, Resins and Binders

A New Era for UV Ink and Coating Additives

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 01/02/2019

Advanced additives enable more specialized inks and coatings for the printing industry that are correctly formulated for environmentally friendly processes, such as low-energy LED UV curing, migration-optimized UV inks, and EB curing.

Categories: Dispersants, Printing & Packaging

Inspiring Sustainability, Improving Lives

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 12/19/2018

Lubrizol's founders believed good science could lead to a better life. They understood we have a role in protecting our people and the environment, as well as being a good community member. A philosophy of “Inspiring Sustainability, Improving Lives” continues to be the foundation at Lubrizol today.

Categories: Dispersants, Surface Modifiers, Resins and Binders, Specialty Additives

A Naturally Low Gloss Dispersion for Polyamide Polyurethane Coatings

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 12/12/2018

Matte finishes are popular in any number of applications for their dull, low-gloss, and natural look that is achieved with most of the light diffusing in a range of angles.

Categories: Paints and Coatings, Resins and Binders

Pigment Dispersants Yield Colorful, High-Performance Results

Posted by Lubrizol Performance Coatings Team | 12/04/2018

Color is all around us every day, helping us interpret the world, change actions and cause reactions (both positive and negative). In the coatings industry, what delivers these bursts of color? That’s an easy one. Pigments—the tiny solid particles used for coloring paint, ink, plastic, fabric and more.

Categories: Dispersants, Paints and Coatings

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