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Inks for Medical Packaging and Product Coding

Regulations for UDI coding and marking medical products ensure track-and-trace for greater consumer safety and also supply-chain management. Inks from Kao Collins are formulated to deliver superior printing performance for these medical industry applications.

Printing UDI Labels and Direct Coding on Packaging

Numerous materials may be used for packaging individual medical items, as well as combining items into multi-packs and carton packaging.
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Common Substrates for Medical Packaging

  • Coated and uncoated paper and cardboard
  • Tyvek® and other synthetic papers
  • Mylar® and foil pouches
  • Plastics

 

Inks For Medical Package and Label Printing

TESLA LED-Curable Ink – Suitable for primary medical packaging applications, our LED-curable inks produce high-quality results without the risk of compromising your packaging substrates with heat-producing mercury lamps. Our LED inks incorporate the highest quality photoinitiators and monomers for superior durability plastics, films, and other non-porous materials and facestock.

QUANTA EB-Curable Ink – Our electron-beam curable ink offers low-migration* risk and eliminates concerns about photoinitiators and heat from curing lamps. These CMYK inks for Piezo printing systems release no odors, making it the best choice to print on blister packaging, strip packaging, or bubble packs.

LUNAJET – Our eco-friendly, food-grade* LUNAJET is a water-based pigmented ink with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). LUNAJET is ideal for printing on flexible packaging, blister packaging, plastics, glass, and thin films.
Packaged pills and capsules
ULTRA UV-Curable Ink – Our UV-curable ink addresses many medical packaging printing requirements including, instant curing, high-print quality, low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and excellent adhesion. These inks offer versatility for glass, plastic, and flexible substrates used for medical packaging.

SIGMA Solvent Inks for HP – This ink offers significant production benefits. It leads the industry with a 12-hour decap while offering fast, heatless drying. Sigma produces high-resolution printing on more difficult, non-porous substrates.

NEXXO Inks for Funai – The ink produces high-resolution 2D codes and legible alphanumerics. These inks take full advantage of the increased throw distance from Funai’s TIJ cartridges, making the ink ideal for printing on curved surfaces.

Water-based Inks – Kao Collins produces various water-based dye and water-based pigment ink formulations for printing on uncoated and lightly coated paper and cardboard.

MOF Inks – Our bio-based mineral-oil-free Inks offer an eco-friendly alternative for marking and coding porous paper and secondary cardboard packaging. These eco-conscious inks meet global compliance requirements for increasingly stringent environmental and consumer safety regulations.

Contact our experts for help evaluating the best inkjet ink for UDI package coding.

Direct UDI Coding On Medical Products and Devices

With exceptions, UDI directives specify the printing of UDI coding directly on medical products and devices.

Common Substrates for Medical Equipment and Devices

  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Non-woven fabrics
  • Natural and synthetic rubber

Inks For Printing on Medical Products

TESLA LED-Curable Ink – Suitable metals, plastics, and glass, this ink produces high-quality results without the risk of damaging medical products from exposure to heat-producing mercury lamps. Our LED inks incorporate the highest quality photoinitiators and monomers for superior durability.

QUANTA EB-Curable Ink – Our electron-beam curable ink offers low-migration* risk and eliminates concerns about photoinitiators and heat from curing lamps. Curing penetrates the substrate, creating a durable bond.

LUNAJET – Our eco-friendly, food-grade* LUNAJET is a water-based pigmented ink with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). LUNAJET is ideal for printing on equipment manufactured with non-porous materials, including metals, glass, rubber, and plastics.

ULTRA UV-Curable Ink – Our UV-curable ink addresses many medical product printing requirements including, instant curing, high-print quality, low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These inks offer excellent adhesion to glass, plastic, and metals.

SIGMA Solvent Inks for HP – This ink offers significant production benefits. It leads the industry with a 12-hour decap while offering fast, heatless drying. Sigma produces high-resolution printing on more difficult, non-porous substrates.

NEXXO Inks for Funai – These inks print on curved products, taking advantage of the increased throw distance from Funai’s TIJ cartridges. Other advantages include high resolution of the smallest 2D codes and legible alphanumerics.

Contact our experts for help evaluating the best inkjet ink for UDI product coding and other medical product printing needs.

* Third-party lab testing should be conducted to evaluate migration.

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