Digital secondary packaging printing using inkjet and mineral-oil free inks
Xaar provides the premium offering in digital inkjet to the coding and marking sector with its printheads offering superior print quality and its wide range of approved inks and fluids. This enables companies to achieve faster line speeds, increase throw distance and print more accurately onto porous and semi-porous surfaces – offering a low cost of ownership alternative to thermal inkjet. For example, the Xaar 502 GS15O printhead has the ability to print up to 6 grey levels with 15 pL as the smallest drop size to achieve high-contrast printing onto brown cardboard.
Due to concerns regarding the contamination of food from inks used on secondary food packaging and the use of recycled paperboard, the packaging industry is striving to avoid the use of materials containing mineral-oil hydrocarbons. Xaar's black MOF (mineral-oil free) ink is approved and optimised for use with the Xaar 128, Xaar 501 and Xaar 502 printheads families. The main benefit of MOF ink is its safer formulation which reduces the concern around toxicity and handling. MOF ink also has the ability to break down easily during recycling, which is of particular interest to environmentally conscious brand owners and retailers.
- 2D data matrix coding
- Brand graphics and logos
- Expiry date, traceability and batch codes
- Primary and secondary packaging, outer case bar-coding
- QR codes