Coding ink that’s ideal for food cans

The range of specialist coding inks offered by Linx Printing Technologies has been extended with a formula that overcomes the challenges of oily surfaces.

Black oil-penetrating ink 1062 is able to print effectively through light layers of oil onto a wide range of materials, including tinplate and aluminium.

Compatible with the full range of Linx 8900 printers, Linx 1062 ink is a methyl-ethyl ketone (MEK)-based ink with a fast drying time of one to two seconds that is able to adhere to substances with an oily or greasy film to deliver reliable long-term code durability.

The ink is said to offer excellent contrast and legibility on transparent and pale coloured materials, and is able to resist a range of oils including engineering cutting fluid, petroleum and kerosene. Its heat-resistant properties also ensure good code legibility after autoclaving or cooking processes.

Typical applications include canned foods and packaging film for flow wrap, pouches and bags in food sectors such as meat, bakery and confectionery.

“Our new Linx Black oil-penetrating ink 1062 has identified and overcome the perennial challenge of coding onto oily surfaces,” says Charles Randon, senior product manager at Linx.

“This latest addition to our range of inks broadens the options available to our customers to ensure they can achieve consistently reliable and long-lasting codes, however challenging the application.”

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