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VIDEOJET Introduces Six High Performance Inks, Expanding Portfolio to Meet Customer Application Needs

VIDEOJET® Introduces Six High Performance Inks, Expanding Portfolio to Meet Customer Application Needs

Chicago, IL — August 28, 2014 — Videojet Technologies today announced the launch of new thermochromic inks and high speed inks for continuous ink jet (CIJ) applications. A global leader in coding, marking and printing solutions, Videojet expands its robust line of high-performing inks to deliver superb print quality to manufacturers with the introduction of these inks.

“We’ve added to our ink lineup to offer customers ink solutions that not only provide excellent print quality, but that we believe are the best performers on the market for their particular applications. We strive to continually enhance our family of high-performing inks and tailor their properties to meet the specific demands of customer applications,” said Anthony Blencowe, Videojet Business Unit Director CIJ. “For example, the new thermochromic inks, which turn from black to blue after the retort process, penetrate tough surface deposits to give food manufacturers greater coding flexibility.” .

V474/V519 Thermochromic Inks Benefits and Applications
V474 and V519 black-to-blue inks add to the successful range of Videojet thermochromic inks designed to penetrate the toughest surface contaminations that may be present on cans in processed food filling lines. Recent advances in dye chemistry make it possible for these inks to penetrate waxy surface deposits and endure high temperature cooking processes while still achieving a distinctive color change.

After surviving the rigors of continuous flow retort cooking processes, the inks produce legible blue codes with high optical character recognition (OCR) read rates. These inks are added to the expanding Videojet lineup of MEK-free products. V474 is designed for use with CIJ printers in the Videojet 1000 Line, while V519’s unique properties make it suitable for use with Videojet 1620 and 1650 Ultra High Speed (UHS) printers.

V475/V520 Thermochromic Inks Benefits and Applications
The new V475 and V520 MEK-free formulated inks add to the Videojet spectrum of thermochromic high performance inks. The black-to-blue color change is easy to distinguish and adds peace of mind to the retort process. The unique dye composition enhances the shelf-life stability of the code under dry heat storage conditions that are very common throughout the retort processes.

The MEK-free formula uses alternative solvents, pentanone and ethanol, to enable relatively fast dry times on a variety of food containers substrates, such as metal cans, plastic pouches, bowls and glass jars.

V475 is designed for use with the Videojet 1000 Line of CIJ printers, while V520 is engineered to run on Videojet 1620 and 1650 UHS printers.

New Inks for UHS Printers – MEK-free Universal Black and Fast Dry Dark Gray
Videojet launched the 1620 and 1650 UHS printers in June 2013 along with a critical set of popular inks designed for high speed market applications. Now, in addition to V519 and V520, Videojet has released two other inks with unique properties for its 1620 and 1650 UHS printers. The addition of these new inks brings the total offering of Videojet high speed inks to 25.

  • V538: Fast drying, dark gray ink engineered specifically for extruded PVC in cable and wire applications.
  • V532: Ethanol-based, high quality MEK-like performance black ink for a broad variety of substrates.

Videojet tested these UHS inks and UHS printers for more than two years at the extremes of print speeds and environmental conditions. Designed for optimal drop formation, Videojet UHS inks and UHS printers help customers achieve excellent print quality at demanding production line speeds.

For more information on these new inks and Videojet 1000 Line and UHS printers, please call 800-843-3610 or visit

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About Videojet

Videojet Technologies is a world-leader in the product identification market, providing in-line printing, coding, and marking products, application specific fluids, and product life cycle services. Our goal is to partner with our customers in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, and industrial goods industries to improve their productivity, to protect and grow their brands, and to stay ahead of industry trends and regulations. With our customer application experts and technology leadership in continuous ink jet (CIJ), thermal ink jet (TIJ), laser marking, thermal transfer overprinting (TTO), case coding and labeling, and wide array printing, Videojet has more than 325,000 printers installed worldwide. Our customers rely on Videojet products to print on over ten billion products daily. Customer sales, application, service, and training support is provided by direct operations with over 3,000 team members in 26 countries worldwide. In addition, the Videojet distribution network includes more than 400 distributors and OEMs, serving 135 countries.

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