Needham Ink is dedicated to the research, development, testing, manufacturing, and global distribution of industrial fluids, marking products, and industrial inks that are compatible to continuous inkjet (CIJ), thermal inkjet(TIJ), drop-on-demand (DOD), and other new and upcoming printing technologies.
Not only are industrial inks designed according to the printing process, but for the very purposes of printing itself. More research and testing goes into creating viable inkjet inks for various printers and applications than you realize. The following will discuss five types of applications for which industrial ink is needed and regulated.
The beverage industry requires specific and unique types of industrial ink formulations due of strict regulations. The ideal formulation for metal, glass, plastic, and other beverage containers will be accurate and easily readable by the consumer. The challenges of beverage coding ink technologies involve working with nonporous substrates. Industrial inks for beverages can also be produced for returnable beverage containers.
The pharmaceutical coding industry is heavily regulated and undergoes challenges and rigorous scrutiny. The data imprinted on over-the-counter (OTC) packages, blister packs, and prescriptions must be clearly readable. What that means for the industrial ink industry is that special formulations of inks and additives must be ideal for this given application. Consumers should be able to easily read the batch codes, dates, and other vital data related to the prescriptions and OTC medications they are taking.
The first rule of food coding data is that it must be readable and precise. Fast-drying ink is required to make that happen across the food industry. Needham ink produces a viable solution that is ideally suited for produce like fruits and vegetables, and all kinds of food packaging and products including ground beef packages and yogurt containers. Needham also produces inks that are compatible with metal, cardboard, and plastic food packaging.
Industrial & Packaging
Virtually every single product on this earth requires an imprinted code and or various types of data. Some data must be imprinted directly on the packaging and some directly on the product. For instance, labels for fruits and vegetables and the red/pink ink used directly on eggs that you see in the supermarket. Needham develops industrial inks for packaging across industries and substrates. Our inks are formulated to print on nonporous and porous materials from metals and plastic parts to cables and PVC pipes.
Contact coding, election ink, health marking, food grade ink, Flexo inks, stencil inks, and toll manufacturing are all types of specialty applications where industrial inks are necessary and that must be exactly suited to each application. Various types of specialty inks include thermochromic, alcohol-resistant, and industrial inks that can endure higher than average temperatures.
Even if your industrial ink needs are not mentioned here, Needham has been developing inks across industries since 1962. They continually grow with the ever-changing needs for inks and technologies across all industries and have all the necessary experts, machinery, and supplies to create virtually any kind of ink for any kind of application.