Domino Printing Sciences is using interpack 2017 (Hall 11 / D55, Messe Düsseldorf, 4th – 10th May, 2017) as the international platform for the launch of its new specialist CIJ (continuous ink jet) inks designed specifically for the food and beverage packaging sectors. Compatible with Domino’s latest range of CIJ printers, the Ax-Series, each ink has been formulated, optimised and rigorously tested to ensure reliability, dependability and consistency, resulting in the highest quality codes.

“Domino is committed to leading product innovations for the food and beverage packaging industries,” says Josie Harries, Ink Development Manager at Domino Printing Sciences. “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.”

She continues: “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.”

Among these new inks is the i-Pulse black fast dry retort resistant ink (2BK858), designed especially to resist a wide range of industrial retort (steam sterilisation) processes encountered in food packaging applications. The 2BK858 ink can be applied to a wide range of rigid and plastic materials, and is capable of adhering to challenging food packaging surfaces. 

The i-Pulse black ethanol plastic ink (1BK111) also has excellent adhesion properties on a wide range of flexible and rigid plastic substrates used not only in food packaging, but also beverage, dairy and personal care. Our ketone-free ink, 1BK111, dries faster than most ethanol-based inks, approaching the fast dry time of the MEK-based inks.  This makes it particularly suited for use on high speed production lines.

Domino has also developed two new inks for the beverage sector which have been designed for coding substrates where a layer of moisture is present.  As the dried ink can be removed through caustic wash processes, these inks are particularly suitable for use on returnable glass bottles. The i-Pulse yellow ink (2YL855), with its high opacity and contrast on dark substrates, is designed for marking coloured returnable glass bottles and plastic kegs, while 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. 

Josie concludes: “With these latest additions to our comprehensive portfolio, Domino has launched a range of inks that are versatile and compliant to regulations and, more importantly, will answer our customers’ coding needs and exceed their expectations.”

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