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BX Series Pad Printing Ink

Pad Printing Inks

INK FOR PLASTIC, METAL, RUBBER

BX Series pad printing ink is a high-gloss, easy-to-use, all-purpose 1- or 2-component pad printing ink for printing many materials, including plastics, TPE (TPR), metals, carbon fiber, and more. This humidity-resistant and fast-drying ink adheres to a wide range of materials. Some of these materials include ABS, rPETE, PET, pre-treated polyethylene, and polypropylene.

When used as a two-component ink, the BX series offers exceptional scratch and abrasion resistance. This enables the BX series to not only pass adhesion resistance but also withstand sterilizing chemicals such as alcohol.

The BX Series pad printing ink is available in 12 opaque colors and 2 metallic shades. All the 12-high-opacity colors are intermixable to create new shades. Contact us for the color formulation calculator; it has over 1600 PMS colors.

Compliance and ink formulation

The BX series inks have a non-toxic classification. In addition, the BX series inks contain heavy metal-free pigments and exhibit fade resistance. These features make this ink perfect for printing on food containers, toys, gift materials, industrial products, and industrial power tools.

This is an excellent ink for pad printing on pens, injection-molded parts, containers, medical devices, wood, and electrical housings. Lastly, check the safety data sheets and the product label for warnings.

Some of the key features of this ink series include:

  • Exceptional adhesion properties (excellent scratch and abrasion resistance),
  • Low, sweet smell,
  • Fast drying,
  • Water, humidity, and weather resistance
  • Excellent printability and definition (very smooth and excellent release from silicone pad printing pads),
  • Non-toxic—perfect for food, toys, medical, and packaging applications.

Ink mixing instructions

There are several pad printing supplies required to use the BX pad printing ink. This is the i-300x pad printing hardener and solvent. There are several solvents available for this ink series. These are BXF (fast), BXM (medium), TMG (medium), TMF (medium), BXS (slow), and BXR (retarder).

Therefore, it is important to choose the right solvent to match your application and printing environment. BXM and TMF are the most popular solvents.

As a single component, simply add 10%–20% of the appropriate thinner before printing.

To use the ink as a 2-component ink, add 10% of the hardener and mix the ink. Next, add 10%–20% of the solvent to the ink and hardener mixture and mix. Visit our YouTube channel to learn how to mix pad printing inks.

Drying the inks

Printed products with the BX series will air dry for 10–15 minutes. For hot air oven drying, the prints will dry in 1-2 minutes and a few seconds with IR heat. After thermal drying, the inks will achieve full cure within 24 hours.

*Test for adhesion 24 hours after printing.

Other products that you might be interested in: Screen printing inks and SE Silicone inks for rubber.

Available Sizes

  • 1.0Kg (2.2lbs)

Hardener

  • i-300x

Ink solvents

  • BXF (Fast)
  • BXM (Medium)
  • BXS (Slow)

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Technical Specs

Available Colors

BX370X

Clear

BX310X

White

BX300X

Black

BX314X

Lemon Yellow

BX318X

Ochre

BX350X

Bright Red

BX357X

Carmine Red

BX358X

Vermilion

BX348X

Dark Green

BX334X

Ultramine Blue

BX351X

Rubine Red

BX342X

Violet

BX371

Gold

BX377

Silver

Any Custom Colors+

Features
Fast drying

The fade-resistant, quadra-milled pigments and hand-selected raw materials deliver fast drying times. The quick drying time offers a more even wet-on-wet printing experience for a stunning multi-color pad printing experience.

HD prints

The BX’s smooth printability delivers excellent pad release, which in turn delivers stunning hyper-HD prints.

Superior resistance to chemicals

Superior resistance to chemicals such as alcohol, acids, gasoline, and alkalis make it the ideal choice for food packaging, toys, industrial applications, and medical applications.

Abrasion resistance

After curing completely, the BX series pad printing ink film has great adhesion to substrates, which makes it strong against scratches. The addition of hardener increases its resistance to solvents.

Compliant & certifications

The BX series inks are also non-toxic, free from heavy metals, and high-density, high-opacity inks. This pad printing ink meets and exceeds ATSM, Milspec, and medical application requirements. It is perfect for printing on food packaging, toys, promotional products, cosmetic packaging, housings, and other items requiring a high level of resistance.

Food, Toy, and Packaging Safe

This ink is perfect for printing on food packaging and toys.

High Gloss Prints!

Experience mind blowing, long lasting high gloss prints!

Applications

Pad printing is an impressive solution for printing on a range of products, from drinkware to silicone to apparel. This printing process has been enhanced and fine-tuned over decades and has become reliable and dependable for printing and marking products. This printing process offers unique solutions for some of the toughest surfaces. It is known for printing a wide range of 3-D objects. This versatile process ensures first-class prints and results for decoration, marking, and identification.

Learn more about the different printing applications that this printing process achieves with our pad printing inks.

How to Mix BX Series ink

Whether you are mixing a 1-component or 2-component ink, let us assist by guiding you in the specifics on how to achieve the perfect viscosity and get your pad printing machine up and running fast.

  • A one component ink is only ink. These inks can last days and even weeks in an ink cup
  • A two component ink has two components, ink and hardener. Two component inks have a pot life of 8 hours.
  • All ink requires thinner to reduce viscosity.
  • Deciding whether to add hardener will be dependent on the substrate surface.

Printing Parameters

  • Printing Plates (clichés)
    Use any commercially available clichés that are made of ceramic, photopolymer, laser, or steel plates. The recommended cliché depth is 18–21 μm.
  • Printing pads
    Use silicone printing pads. The ink works regardless of the hardness (durometer) of the pad.
  • Printing machines
    The Natron TP Series is suitable for both closed-cup and open-ink well machines. Use the appropriate thinner for the correct type of machine. For open ink wells, use slower pad printing ink solvents (thinners).

 

BX Series and the Environment

The BX Series is classified as non-toxic with heavy metal-free pigments. Additionally, it is eco-sustainable, meaning that it does not contain:

  • Alogens
  • Aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Bisphenol A (BPA)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Latex
  • PAH
  • Phthalates
  • Animal origin ingredients
  • Azo dyes
  • Cyclohexanone
  • G-B ester
  • Melamine
  • Persistent organic pollutants

Frequently Asked Questions

The BX Series is an excellent ink for printing plastics. This ink prints on a wide range of plastics. It is the best ink for plastics such as ABS, PVC, polyurethane (PU), polycarbonate (PC), pre-treated polypropylene, recyled PETE, and more.

Printing on plastic surfaces requires specially formulated inks for good ink adhesion. Depending on the type of plastic, pre-treatment methods or coatings such as primers are required to aid ink adhesion. Most companies offer pad printing, screen printing, or flatbed digital inkjet printing for printing different kinds of plastic.

BX Series is a one- or two-component pad printing ink. Depending on the substrate and the intended application, the i-300X hardener is added to the ink to increase adhesion. The ink to hardener ratio is 10 parts ink to 1 part hardener.

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