British printing technology company, Domino Printing Sciences has introduced a new and comprehensive range of continuous ink jet (CIJ) inks at interpack 2017 held at Düsseldorf, Germany.
These continuous ink jet inks have been designed specifically for food and beverage packaging sectors. They are compatible with Domino’s range of CIJ printers including the Ax-Series.
Domino claims that each of the inks have been formulated, optimized and rigorously tested for reliability, dependability and consistency.
The new inks includes i-Pulse black fast dry retort resistant ink (2BK858), which is designed to resist a wide range of industrial retort (steam sterilisation) processes faced in food packaging applications. The ink can be applied to a wide range of rigid and plastic materials and can adhere to other challenging food packaging surfaces, as claimed by the company.
Another ink, the i-Pulse black ethanol plastic ink (1BK111) is claimed to have high adhesion properties and can be applied to not only food, but also for beverage, dairy and personal care packaging applications. This ink is claimed to be free from ketone and it dries faster than most-ethanol-based inks. The speed of drying is comparable to that of MEK-based inks.
Apart these two, Domini has also developed two new inks for the beverage sector. These have been designed for coding substrates where moisture layer is present. Domino stated that the dried ink can be removed through a caustic wash process and these inks can be useful on returnable glass bottles.
One of the two products, the i-Pulse yellow ink (2YL855) has high opacity and contrast on dark substrates and has been designed for marking coloured returnable glass bottles and plastic kegs.
Another colour, the i-Pulse black ink (2BK156), a high-reliability, fast dry black ink, has been developed for coding onto both PET and clear returnable glass bottles.
Domino Printing Sciences ink development manager Josie Harries said: “Domino is committed to leading product innovations for the food and beverage packaging industries.
“We are the only coding and marking company that is a member of the European Printing Ink Association (EuPIA). We work to GMP (good manufacturing practice) standards to ensure that the raw materials we use for producing our inks are suitable for our customer’s intended use. This involves carrying out migration tests and a Worse Case Calculation for each raw material.”
“The inks we are launching at Interpack are compliant with both industry and national standards, including the Swiss Ordinance list for food contact materials and articles. All our new inks have been designed specifically for the i-Pulse, the print head featured on all Ax-Series CIJ printers.”
Image: Domino introduces new colours at interpack 2017. Photo: Courtesy of Domino Printing Sciences.