Where the average person views printer ink as just ink for their printer, manufacturers think of ink as its application and purpose. Consumers who use inkjet printers simply look at the product number and brand to choose their printer inks.
Manufacturers are expected to know what ink to use on what surface and through what process. While industrial ink is also identified by a model number, it is also categorized into various types of ink and formulations created specifically for an application or group of applications.
Coding and marking are two of the most used processes for industrial inks. This type of ink can be used to print mandatory data like lot numbers and sell by dates on food products or for other federally regulated industries where marking and coding are imperative for meeting compliance and safety standards.
The Importance of Coding
The world is a large place with a huge population of people and a lot of industry and technology that touches everyone and everything in some way every day. The economic, legal, and health consequences that would occur if marking and coding were left out of the equation, are astronomic to say the least.
Imagine a grocery store selling a carton of milk with no expiration date or an expiration date that faded or somehow got worn off. An unwitting consumer who needs milk is likely to buy it, use it, and if it’s spoiled, it could cause serious illness. You can see why marking and coding on grocery items is crucial to health.
What if someone buys a faulty product that causes an unnecessary death, like a bad automotive part? If there was no data related to where and when it was manufactured and a recall was issued, but no one knew it, that would create lawsuits by the dozens. Marking parts is imperative to health and the economy.
A business could lose everything and close its doors if marking didn’t exist. As more businesses close, the economy fails, which affects everyone. You’ve seen places where factories that employs hundreds of workers go out of business and result in the economic failure of that community.
The negative implications are beyond the imagination if there were no regulations for marking and identifying products.
Choosing the Right Ink is Essential
Ink manufacturers understand the importance of choosing the right industrial ink for the job. With all the regulations and restrictions in virtually every industry on the planet, it’s imperative for manufacturers to choose the proper inks for their applications.
One of the essential elements of choosing industrial inks is knowing it will comply with regulations that require the ink to endure and maintain its legibility from its inception until its disposal. That ink must have the proper viscosity and formulation for printing on various substrates such as cardboard, plastic, paper, metal, and other materials in order to comply with such regulations.
It’s important to pick the industrial inks that are compatible with your CIJ, thermal, or DOD systems and components. Most new technology is based and built off the old technology, so beyond improving performance and creating more Eco-friendly machines, not much changes in these systems.
A good rule to follow is to invest in the highest quality industrial inks you can find because this isn’t an area of your business where cutting corners is a good idea.