“Belle Color provides several major ink system advances for retort pouches and boil-in-bag, as well as snack food packaging applications,” said Mark Hill, assistant director of INX Research and Development and vice president, liquid technology. “INX’ global parent, Sakata INX developed a new, proprietary resin system that does not require MEK (methyl ethyl ketone) or toluene. The result is a MEK/toluene free ink that prints as well as traditional MEK/toluene formulations. In addition, Belle Color provides unmatched performance in the retort and high-performance lamination market.”
Mr. Hill said unlike many laminating inks which require cross linking for certain boil-in-bag or retort applications (up to 275°F), Belle Color has been shown to deliver high-level performance without the need for special additives or cross linkers. Its adhesion to treated films is exceptional, including newer high barrier options such as AlOx- and SiOx-coated polyester, as well as popular general purpose films such as polyolefins, polyester, cellophane, nylon and saran-coated films.
Belle Color’s lamination bond strength is excellent, as well as its block resistance for off-line lamination. It works well with solvent- or water-based dry bond adhesives, or solvent-less adhesive systems.
“Printers handling a wide range of snack packaging applications will find Belle Color to be a superior general purpose process ink,” said Lou DeFlaviis, vice president of packaging business development for the Liquid Ink Division at INX. “The Belle Color single-component system provides not only major advances in laminating ink performance, but is a universal answer to the issue of handling multiple substrates and maintaining consistent quality faced by gravure printers today.”