Linx Printing Technologies, represented in Australia by APPMA member Matthews Australasia, has released a new ink designed to resist moisture, colour change, and transference.

Black retort ink 1077, developed for Linx’s 8900 and 8800 Series continuous inkjet coders, is a dye-based MEK ink for use in typical sterilisation and wet retort process conditions. According to Linx, its special formulation allows printers to code through a thin layer of oily film or grease, and contains components that enhance its adhesion under moist and high-temperature conditions to deliver good adhesion, good transfer resistance, and excellent durability and legibility post-processing on a range of materials.

Linx bills the new ink as suitable for a variety of food packaging applications, such as ready meals, vegetables, beans, fruit, soup, rice, meat and fish products, and pet foods, including any products coded before cooking; as well as for many materials such as metal cans, formed aluminium, and plastic packaging such as PET pouches.



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