New ink ensures quality codes in greasy applications

Ink can be applied to oily or greasy film and remains clear and legible when exposed to grease or oils later on

Global supplier of printers and coders, Linx Printing Technologies, has introduced an ink that is able to adhere to substrates covered with an oily or greasy film, making it ideal for a variety of food and light engineering applications.

The new Linx Black grease-penetrating ink 1063, which has been specifically developed for the company’s Linx 8900 Series continuous ink jet (CIJ) coders, is a dye MEK based ink.

Its contains a black dye which delivers high contrast and legibility on transparent or pale coloured materials, while its special formulation enables the printers to code through a light film of oil, grease or condensation. It further preserves code quality if the code is exposed to these later in the process.

Typical applications include a variety of food packs, such as butter, margarine, spreads and salad containers; meat and dairy processing; and packs that are coded before a cooking process. It is also useful engineering environments where oil and chemicals may be present.

The ink is suitable for use on many different materials including glass, metal and a wide range of plastics such as HDPE film, polypropylene containers and caps, and treated and untreated Orientated Polypropylene (OPP) for flow wraps and stand-up pouches.