Ink is just ink, right? Nothing could be further from the truth. Industrial inks come in a huge variety of formulations that are suitable for a wide range of applications. While they are all include dry pigments, carbon black, and/or dyes, the consistency, viscosity, and other attributes are what makes an industrial ink the perfect match for a specific application.
The following will discuss some of the types and traits of industrial inks to show you how they are different and why.
- Contact Coding Ink is formulated for contact coding applications like rubber stamps, roller coders, and other like applications. They are manufactured as a fluid and are useful for stamping or printing on metal foils like those seen on yoghurt pots, cardboard boxes, and other substrates. Contact coding inks are ideal solutions for maintenance-free, fast, non-electronic, and affordable printing.
- Election Ink is also referred to as election stain. This kind of ink provides an indelible mark on human skin. It’s formulated to leave behind a permanent stain that isn’t easily removed. Typically, even with regular hygiene, it takes about 7 days to wear off. However, if you need something less permanent, this kind of ink can be formulated to meet your requirements by industrial ink manufacturers. Election inks are water-resistant, solvent-resistant, bleach-resistant, and yet still skin-friendly enough to be used safely on children. It’s often used in the medical industry and anywhere skin marking is necessary.
- Flexographic Ink, also referred to as Flexo inks, is a solvent and aqueous formulation suitable for flexographic printing processes. It’s useful for printing on a variety of substrates such as treated polyolefin films, foils, medical grade paper, and Tyvek that is often used in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors.
- Health Marking Ink is formulated for use on vegetables, fruits, meats, and other such food products. The formulation for health marking industrial ink makes it traceable from the moment it’s printed on the product throughout the lifecycle of the product. It’s an internationally recognised symbol that indicates a food product has been inspected (i.e. meat) and passed the human consumption guidelines. It’s applied using a stamp and it permanently marks whatever it’s used on. Other forms of health marking ink include spray stains for condemned meat, liquid inks or aerosols for marking livestock, or for Halal health marking.
- Stencil Inksare formulated for stenciling on a variety of substrates. Both dye-based and pigment-based formulas are used to create stencil inks. They are useful for marking on metal drums, wooden pallets, and other such substrates. These industrial inks can be manufactured to be ultra-fast drying, water-based, non-hazardous, and enhanced adhesion on plastics. The method of application can include roller and inkpad, fountain brush, mohair heads, or other such specialty tools. Water-based stencil inks are used for endorsing and can dry waterproof.
- Solvent-based stencil inks are good for dry stenciling and stamping and general-purpose applications.
That covers the span of basic industrial inks used across industries all over the globe. Because of the versatility and flexibility of inks, specialty inks can be planned and created for other specific purposes by ink manufacturing facilities with the expertise and equipment to do so.