Linx Printing develops black retort ink to code products before they are cooked

By Jenny Eagle contact

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The Linx Black retort ink 1077. Photo: Linx.
The Linx Black retort ink 1077. Photo: Linx.

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Linx Printing Technologies has formulated an ink to code products that resist moisture, color change and transference through a pouch or retort applications where products are cooked in packaging afterwards.

Its Linx Black retort ink 1077 can be applied to ready meals, vegetables, beans, fruit, soup, rice, meat and fish products and can be printed to code through a thin layer of oily film or grease and is suitable for metal cans, formed aluminium and plastic packaging such as polyester (PET) pouches. 

Wet retort process

It says its Linx Black retort ink 1077 has been specifically developed for the company’s Linx 8900 and 8800 Series continuous ink jet (CIJ) coders and is a dye based MEK (Methyl Ethyl Ketone)​ ink, which is a specialist ink for use in sterilisation and wet retort process conditions. 

It also contains components that enhance its adhesion under moist and high-temperature conditions, for good adhesion and good transfer resistance, durability and legibility on a range of materials after processing.


Our Linx Black retort ink 1077 meets our customers’ increasing demands for an ink that resists colour change through the retort process​,” said Simon Millett, inks product manager, Linx.

This latest addition to our ink range improves the options available to our customers to ensure they can achieve consistently reliable and long-lasting codes, however challenging the application​.”

The company also recently announced it has appointed a number of channel partners in North America to expand support for its product portfolio.

Diagraph, Linx’s long-term exclusive channel partner for Linx’s continuous ink jet products in the US and Mexico, will continue to focus on that industry platform, while the new partners help to expand into other product offerings and support for the US market.

Five distributors have been announced in the US, including Technopack Corporation, Florida, Colorado Scale Center, Colorado and Tourmaline Enterprises, AWLSS, and F.J. Smith Sales Co. in California.

North America

As well as providing greater geographical coverage, the distributors offer expertise across a variety of market sectors and will deliver support and customer after service from their coding and marking printer suppliers.

We are expanding our product range in North America and entering new markets by engaging additional channel partners to sell our Linx 10, Laser and Thermal Transfer printers​,” said Greg Treanor, regional sales manager North America.

Linx’s range of Laser and Thermal Transfer printers, along with the Linx 10 Continuous Ink Jet printer, will be available through the new distributors.

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