ACTEGA Kelstar (Booth 2639) is introducing DataLase in both aqueous and UV liquid inks for creating a laser mark-able surface on paper and plastic packaging for printing variable data. The ink changes color from white to black when exposed to a low energy CO2 laser.
DataLase is designed for packaging for foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics that require expiration dates, lot and bar codes and ingredient lists that change from batch to batch. Typically this information is printed digitally using inkjet or thermal transfer printers, requiring consumables to be purchased at the packager or brand owner. DataLase eliminates down time associated with the replacement of consumables. Lasers are low maintenance and allow the generation of high quality graphics. DataLase creates a positive high contrast black image as opposed to laser ablation which burns through a dark ink creating a white image from the dark ink background.