Brian Sullivan

New EB curable CI-Flexo ink technology providing sustainable Printing solutions for packaging applications

Brian Sullivan, Energy Sciences Inc.

New EB CI-flexo ink technology has been developed to permit wet trapping without interstation hot air drying. This ink technology uses electron beam initiated free radical polymerization to achieve cure, and wet trapping is obtained by organo-jellification mechanism using Hansen Solubility Parameters (HSP).

This patented new printing process was developed over 5 years and has been proven to be stable for high speed package printing industrial applications. It provides high resolution printing up to 70 lcm with the lowest carbon foot print compared to incumbent curing technologies used in CI-flexo printing.

Details of the principles of this new technology including print results, food law compliance, obtained on various substrates at speeds in excess of 400 mpm will be presented. In addition, advantages of electron beam curing as the most sustainable curing option for packaging will be discussed.

Brian Sullivan is Vice President Marketing and Sales for Energy Sciences Inc. (ESI).  Brian has responsibility for all marketing and sales activities worldwide for ESI.  He has been with ESI for over 17 years.  Starting out as a Sales Engineer, he has also worked as their National Sales Manager and Director of New Business Development.

Brian has over 25 years experience designing and selling machinery in the flexible packaging and wide web custom coating, printing, and converting markets.  In addition to Electron Beam (EB), Brian has sold Ultraviolet (UV) curing equipment, rotogravure and flexographic printing presses, flexo plate mounting/proofing machines, high speed coater/laminator lines,  and high efficiency thermal floatation dryers and thermal oxidizers.

Brian has a BSME from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Boston University.