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About Xiper Innovations

Xiper Innovations, Inc. is a consulting firm offering research and product development services to other corporations.
Our expertise lies primarily in the area of Graphic Art Technologies including all aspects of Digital Flexography, radiation curable Inks and coatings and Screen Printing. We have a unique and flexible business model. We are committed to Innovation with over 22 US Patents and applications.

 

Flexography

              We have over 20+ years of experience in R&D and Product Development of photopolymers and radiation cure systems specializing in Flexography. We have worked on a number of critical research initiatives in Digital and In-the-Round (ITR) technologies and with radiation curable photopolymers. This has resulted in more than 20 US patents and applications, and 50+ PCT patents.
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Digital Sheet Photopolymer Technologies for Flexography (Solvent):

Solvent developable, high end, wide image latitude sheet photopolymers for Digital flexography.  Photopolymer technology includes Shore A 30o-35o and 40o-45o for Corrugated, Shore A 50o-55o for folding carton and multi-wall bag, Shore A 60o-65o for paper, flexible packaging and label stocks and Shore Ao 65-70 high end Printing of Flexible Packaging and Tag and Label markets

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Digital Sheet Photopolymer Technologies for Flexography (Thermal)

High end, wide image latitude sheet photopolymers for Digital flexography similar durometer range as #1 above but thermally developable.  Formulatory approaches designed to give good image latitude, good cleanout without blotter marks.  Thermally developable Digital plates are considerably more environmentally friendly than solvent-developable as well as much safer in the workplace

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Flat Top Dot (FTD) Digital Technologies for Flexography

Both “Capped” and “Uncapped” FTD Digital technologies using an innovative UV activable oxygen barrier and Digital tandem coating for high end FTD digital plates. Concepts similar to Cyrel Easy ESP (Capped) and Flints Nyloflex FTF (Uncapped)

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Surface Textured Cap Layer Digital Coating for Capped Digital Plates

Surface textured (rough) Image Contrast Cap Layer on Carbon Black based Digital tandem coatings on PET substrates used for manufacture of high end Capped Digital Plates for improved image fidelity and ink transfer

UV Ink Resistant Digital Photopolymer Printing Plate

High image fidelity UV ink resistant medium-hard durometer Digital flexographic printing plate similar to MacDermid’s UVR and Cyrel DFUV for use in labels, folding carton, flexible packaging etc.

Analog Sheet Photopolymer Technologies for Flexography

High end, wide image latitude sheet photopolymers for conventional or analog flexography.  Similar durometer range as #1 above and as needed in the market

Liquid Photopolymer Technologies for Flexography

Liquid Photopolymer for flexographic printing both softer durometer version (Shore A 33o -36o, Shore A 25oand Shore A 18o) for the Corrugated market, harder durometer version (Shore A 50o -55o, Shore A 60o) for the Book, Stamp and Multiwall Bag market and Hard Durometer Photopolymer Molding Resin (Shore D 55o / Shore A 95o)

Digital LAMS (Laser Ablative Mask Solution) Coating for Plates

Carbon Black based Digital LAMS coatings on PET substrates for manufacture of uncapped Digital Plates.  Coating is solvent-based and designed for optimal CW/OD, efficient laser ablation and flexible, for plates of all different gauges

Digital ITR Technologies for Flexography

Photopolymer formulatory approaches and processes for Continuous In-The-Round (ITR) Photopolymer Sleeves.  Continuous ITR Photopolymer Sleeves are preferred because it offers distinct advantages such as potential for continuous seamless printing (wallpaper etc.), minimize cupping and distortion, near perfect digital registration, eliminate plate mounting and which perfectly fits into the digital process, among other advantages

Solvent-based Adhesive/Primer Backing Substrate for both Liquid and Sheet Flexographic Printing Plates

Solvent coated UV curable acrylic, non-blocking adhesive backing polyester substrate for both Liquid and Sheet Flexographic Printing Plates having outstanding adhesion of both SIS and SBS based photopolymers to primed Polyester backing substrates

Waterborne Adhesive/Primer Backing Substrate for Sheet Flexographic Printing Plates

  • Water borne UV curable Polyurethane based non-blocking adhesive for sheet flexographic printing plates having outstanding adhesion for both in-line and off-line coating
  • Water borne, non-blocking adhesive based on PVDC acrylic latex for sheet flexographic printing plates having outstanding adhesion for both in-line and off-line coating

Processing Solvent for Sheet Photopolymer Printing Plates

Processing solvent as a replacement for Perchloroethylene / Butanol for processing of sheet photopolymer flexographic printing plates similar to Cyrel Cylosol and Flint’s Nylosolv A.  The newer solvents are significantly more environmentally friendly than Perc/Butanol and also much safer in the workplace

UV & EB Cure

UV/EB cure is an enabling technology with endless possibilities. UV/EB offers various advantages such as increased speed, improved productivity and lower costs, environmental compliance (VOC and HAP), minimal toxicological effects, improved adhesion to “difficult” substrates, improved properties such as scratch resistance of the cross linked coating, possibility of allowing “Smart” coatings and ideal for heat sensitive substrates. Some of the projects of interest are summarized below.
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Projects of Interest

  • 100% solids UV curable anti-microbial coatings for medical devices and other substrates
  • UV cure coatings for low energy difficult-to-adhere substrates (e.g. polyolefins)
  • High scratch resistant, thermoformable UV curable coatings used for various thermoformable substrates
  • “Smart” UV curable coatings with specific physical attributes or specialty effects such as high scratch resistance, anti-skid, dry erase, magnetic surface, thermoforming, etc.)
  • High opacity, high pigment loaded UV curable inks/coatings
  • UV curable, sunlight and weather resistant glossy over print varnish (OPV) for outdoors POP applications to increase the “shelf life” of Digital Prints
  • Radiation Curable Nail Coatings having specific attributes such as high gloss, durable, high flexibility, excellent adhesion, good clarity, low yellowing, low shrinkage etc.

Smart Coating

Broad Application Projects in Various “Smart” Coatings in Diverse Application Fields such as Hard Coats for Printed Electronics and Membrane Switches, Coatings for Flexographic Printing Plate Applications, Floor Coatings and Antimicrobial Coatings for Medical Devices

Hard Coats

  • 100% Solids UV Curable Hard-Coat having superior abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, and other beneficial attributes mainly for Polyester Substrates
  • Water-borne, UV curable Hard-Coat coatings showing superior abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, and other beneficial attributes
  • Hard Coat Coatings mainly used for Printed Electronics and Membrane Switches
 

NON-BLOCKING UV CURABLE ADHESIVE COATINGS

  • Solvent-based non-blocking, UV curable adhesive coatings on polyester substrates for Liquid and Sheet photopolymer flexographic printing plates
  • Water-borne non-blocking, UV curable adhesives/primer coatings on polyester substrates for other UV curable systems such as membrane switches, printed electronics etc.

Antimicrobial Coatings

  • Regenerable Antimicrobial Water-borne Coatings using Hydrogen Peroxide based cleaning solvents to reactivate Antimicrobial activity
  • 100% Solids, UV Curable Anti-Microbial Coatings for Various Substrates and Fabrics
   

“Smart“ UV Curable Specialty Coatings

  • “Smart” UV curable coatings with specific physical attributes or specialty effects such as high scratch resistance, anti-skid, dry erase, magnetic surface, thermoforming, etc.
   

Expert Witness / Expert Consultants

We have acted as Expert Consultants in all aspects of utility patent applications and prosecution. We have also acted as Expert Witnesses for patent litigation in our area of expertise. We have over 20+ years of experience in intellectual property protection and development with 15+ US Patents & Applications. Below are some examples of Expert Consultant and Expert Witness Projects.

Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch

Hired as an Expert Consultant. Rendered expert opinion for specific questions related to US5529880 and JP-A-6-67418, on the esterification of pendant hydroxyl groups of positive photoresists for client’s patent examination with US PTO. November-December 2010

Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch

Hired as an Expert Consultant. Rendered expert opinion for specific questions related to US5798202, especially as it pertained to defining an “elastomeric material” for client’s patent examination with US PTO. April-May 2009

Quick Med Technologies Inc.

Expert Consultant for the patentability of U.S. patent application 09/965,740, “Adsorbent Materials with Covalently Bonded, Nonleachable Polymeric Antimicrobial Surfaces, and Methods for Preparation”, Batich et al. April 2008

Nupro Technologies, Inc. v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

USDC, Middle District of NC, No. 1:06 CV 1061. Expert Witness for the Plaintiff (Nupro). Ongoing Litigation, October 2007 to Present

E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company v. MacDermid Printing Solutions, L.L.C.

USDC, District of New Jersey. Civil Action No.: 06-3383. Expert Consultant for the Defendant (MacDermid). Ongoing Litigation, November 2006

MacDermid Printing Solutions, L.L.C v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

USDC, District of New Jersey. Civil Action No.: 07-4325. Expert Witness/Consultant for the Plaintiff (MacDermid). Ongoing Litigation, September 2007

Innovations

Xiper Innovations Inc., is committed to innovation especially in the field of Graphic Arts and Flexography. Some examples of our diverse innovative projects are given below. For additional information, and to start a dialog for further collaboration, please contact us.

  • Microreplication Applications in Graphic Arts
  • Direct Laser Engraving for Flexography
  • Digital Coatings
  • Antimicrobial Coatings for Medical Applications
  • Polymer Reinforced Composite Structures
  • Novel Use of Microspheres and other Nanoadditives
Microreplication Applications in Graphic Arts

Microreplication applications in graphic arts for improving image fidelity in relief printing processes. Manipulation of light during imaging due to microstructured surfaces created by microreplication results in actinic light collimation and significantly improved image fidelity. US patent protected!: US8867135B2 image1

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Direct Laser Engraving for Flexography

Elastomers for high resolution Direct Laser Engraving for flexography using 1110 NM fiber lasers (2540-5080 DPI). Image fidelity rivaling Digital flexography. Patent Issued: US8748082B2 image2

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Digital Coatings
Digital Coating solutions for In-The-Round (ITR) Flexography: Carbon black and solvent-based Laser Ablative Mask Solution (LAMS) for use in Digital ITR photopolymer sleeves using various coating application methods such as Spray, Ring and Roller Coating processes Digital Coatings for Sheet Flexographic Printing Plates on Polyester Substrates: Carbon Black based Laser Imageable Mask Coating on Polyester Substrates for Digital Flexographic Printing Plates Digital Coating for Optics: Carbon black and solvent-based Laser Ablative Digital Coating for Optics (LADO) to create an image contrast (IC) layer for rear-view projection television screens, LED and LCD computer screens, and general-purpose display applications
Antimicrobial Coatings for Medical Applications

Regenerable Antimicrobial Coatings Containing Zinc Oxide Binders for Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning Solutions used Mainly for Medical Environments. Use of these novel coatings allow periodic regeneration of antimicrobial attribute for coatings by the simple use of peroxide cleaners commonly available in the market

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Polymer Reinforced Composite Structures

Project on Polymer Reinforced Composite Plywood and Laminates for Superior Impact Resistance and superior Physical Properties used in the commercial construction market. Innovation involves in the use of unique polymeric substrates and composites to target specific properties such as debris and impact resistance, high flexural strength, flame retardancy, sound barrier etc.

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Novel Use of Microspheres and other Nanoadditives
Project for the innovative use of microspheres and other additives for the following applications:
  • Reduce the density of certain bio-based resins (PLA etc.) or co-extrudate (PET, PET-G) substrates to allow higher yields at similar weights and subsequent cost benefits associated with this approach to allow accelerated acceptance and implementation of bioplastics to compete with fossil fuel based resins
  • Reduce the density of shrink film to allow recycling using caustic water to remove the labels and skimming the floating labels from water
  • Use microspheres for in-line coatings to allow surface modification and to design non-silicone type release substrates for Polyester and other substrates

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