Videojet Technologies announced the launch of patent-pending continuous inkjet (CIJ) inks, V4264 and V464. These non-MEK black inks demonstrate excellent adhesion to flexible food packaging and feature lower make-up consumption than comparable MEK-based inks, the company says. Intended for printing codes and other information on plastics as well as on metal and glass substrates, the inks are engineered for use in Videojet CIJ printers.

Safety and Sustainability Improvements

Videojet says the V4264 and V464 inks meet tough industry standards, including the Japan ISHL Class 2 Organic Solvent List and the Swiss Food Packaging Ordinance. The inks’ most notable safety and sustainability differentiators include:

  • Non-CMR (carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive toxins) formulation without MEK, acetone or methanol
  • Less make-up consumption than comparable MEK-based inks, resulting in fewer cartridge changes and reduced plastic and cardboard waste, lower VOC emissions and fewer printer touches

While V4264 is compatible with the newest Videojet SIMPLICiTY CIJ printers, V464 is designed for use in Videojet 1000 Line CIJ printers. The company says that V4264 and V464 serve as ideal upgrades or replacements for MEK-based V4263 and V463 inks, demonstrating the same uptime and adhesion performance.

Maximized Contrast, Uptime and Adhesion Standards

Intended for use where alternatives to MEK-based inks are preferred, such as with food applications, V4264 and V464 deliver adhesion to a variety of substrates including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), aluminum, biaxial oriented polypropylene (BOPP), polystyrene, polycarbonate and steel. The inks also show excellent resistance to acids, bases, mineral spirits and oils, the company results.

V4264 and V464 have been designated with the Videojet iQMark. Inks in this category have not only met strict Videojet quality control specifications but have also been responsibly developed to help users meet the company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals and comply with stringent governmental and industry regulations worldwide.