Products must be coded with variable data such as best-before-expiry dates, lot numbers, and sometimes even ingredients. Given its ability to mark most surfaces at most speeds, continuous inkjet coding (CIJ) is a popular choice. However, most existing CIJ inks come with a strong smell which can be problematic for workers and can, at times, alter the sensory perception of content within the coded packages.
Alcohol-based and virtually odor-free, Markem-Imaje’s FB655 ink is far more pleasant to use for operators. A further advantage for food manufacturers is the fact the odor does not alter the organoleptic properties of products.
Additionally, it comes with environmental advantages. The associated additive consumption with this ink is 50 percent lower than that of other, more traditionally used inks. Unlike the previous generation of alcohol-based inks, this one does not require the installation of a pressurization kit or the use of compressed air.
In financial terms, the savings could be significant: no investment in an accessory and no extra energy consumption in terms of compressed air.
Fitting squarely with Markem-Imaje’s policies regarding the responsible production and use of its inks, this consumable reportedly meets all existing regulations and directives governing packaging: REACH, GMP, HACCP, EuPIA, Swiss Ordinance, Nestlé Guidance Note.
Markem-Imaje’s ink reportedly provides excellent code definition with very clear contours and no smudging, irrespective of the printed material. It can also be used to print easy-to-read Datamatrix or QR codes. It works with all of Markem-Imaje’s continuous inkjet printers.
“Our new FB655 ink helps manufacturers meet food safety, health and environmental standards, while also meeting efficiency and cost control objectives,” said Vincent Millot, product marketing manager – consumables, Markem-Imaje.
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