Companies develop oil-free ink for packaging applications

15 May 2014 (Last Updated May 15th, 2014 18:30)

Sun Chemical’s inkjet ink division SunJet and inkjet technology provider Xaar have partnered to develop a new mineral oil-free (MOF) ink for use in secondary packaging applications.

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Sun Chemical's inkjet ink division SunJet and inkjet technology provider Xaar have partnered to develop a new mineral oil-free (MOF) ink for use in secondary packaging applications.

The new IK822, Black MOF ink is designed for use in packaging applications such as barcoding on corrugated cardboard and other absorbent paper-based materials.

The ink has been developed to address the growing concerns over the contamination of food from inks used on secondary food packaging and the use of recycled packaging paperboard.

According to Xaar, the ink comprises premium-grade pigment and delivers quality and optical density on a wide range of porous substrates, and also provides a solution ahead of potential legislation.

IK822, Black MOF is approved and optimised for use with the Xaar 128 and Xaar 500 printheads. Using the inks with the printheads ensures optimised digital print performance to increase production uptime as well as throughput. It is optimised for print performance to ensure high drop placement accuracy and optimal drop formation. It also requires minimal printhead maintenance.

Xaar says that the ink is certified to work consistently for a year of heavy usage, and is differentiated from other non-warranted fluids which could potentially damage its printheads.


Image: Xaar 128. Photo: courtesy of Xaar plc.