Ink types

ACP

Food packaging, promotional items, sports, electrical engineering, cosmetics

Ink system

1-C, 2-C

Main field

Promotional item

Substrates

Plastics

Features

Cyclohexanone-free
Aromatics-free
Phthalate-free

Compliant with:
- Toy standard EN 71-3

B

Automotive, promotional items, measurement technology, tools

Ink system

2-C

Main field

Thermoplastic components

Substrates

Plastics

Features

Chem. resistant

B/GL

Promotional items, packaging, tools, medicine, toys

Ink system

2-C

Main field

Glass components

Substrates

Glasses, metals

Features

Abrasion resistant

Chem. resistant

CFU

Toys, medicine, cosmetics, promotional items

Ink system

1-C, 2-C

Main field

Toys

Substrates

Plastics

Features

Cyclohexanone-free

Aromatics free

Phthalate-free

Compliant with:
- Toy standard EN 71-3

F

Tools,
measurement technology

Ink system

1-C

Main field

Metallic components

Substrates

Metals

Features

Chem. resistant

GU-N

Sport,
promotional items

Ink system

1-C, 2-C

Main field

Flexible components

Substrates

Plastics

Features

Permanently elastic

L

Measurement technology, Automotive

Ink system

2-C

Main field

Automotive

Substrates

Metals, Plastics

Features

Mech. resistant

LOGO

Sport

Ink system

2-C

Main field

Impact-resistant components

Substrates

Plastics

Features

Impact resistant

M

Automotive, Tools

Ink system

2-C

Main field

Metallic components

Substrates

Metals, plastics

Features

Oil and grease resistant

N

Automotive,
Tools

Ink system

2-C

Main field

Plastic components

Substrates

Metals, Plastics

Features

Oil and grease resistant

P

Measurement technology, medicine, promotional items

Ink system

1-C, 2-C

Main field

Plastic components

Substrates

Plastics

Features

Mech. resistant
Compliant with:
- USP Medical Class VI

P-AF

Medicine, toys,
promotional items

Ink system

1-C, 2-C

Main field

Plastic components

Substrates

Plastics

Features

Compliant with:
- USP Medical Class VI
- Toy standard EN 71-3

RDF-HF

Bottle caps, medicine

Ink system

1-C, 2-C

Main field

Plastic components

Substrates

Plastics

Features

Halogen-free

Cayclohexanone-free

Aromatics-free

Phthalate-free

S

Automotive

Ink system

2-C

Main field

Automotive

Substrates

Metals, Plastics

Features

UV-consistent

Mech. resistant

TH-G

Electric

Ink system

1-C

Main field

Heat-resistant components

Substrates

Metals, Plastics

Features

Heat-resistant

TP-CD

Sanitary

Ink system

1-C, 2-C

Main field

Coated components

Substrates

Metals, Plastics

Features

Quick-drying

TP-PP

White goods

Ink system

1-C

Main field

Plastic components

Substrates

Plastics

Features

No pre-treatment required for PP

U-HF

Baby articles, toys, medicine

Ink system

1-C, 2-C

Main field

Baby articles

Substrates

Plastics

Features

Cyclohexanone-free

Aromatics free

Phthalate-free
Compliant with:
- Toy standard EN-71-3

W

Automotive

Ink system

2-C

Main field

Automotive

Substrates

Metals, Plastics

Features

Mech. resistant

Our most sustainable products!

The most sustainable pad printing inks in our portfolio!

The U-HF and RDF-HF series are environmentally friendly pad printing inks that adhere to a range of substrates. They are free of: BPA, cyclohexanone, chlorine, butyl glycolate, aromatic solvents, barium, fluorine, and bromine.

These low-odor, solvent-based inks are available in 23 standard ink shades. You can find them in the ink shade card.

The U-HF and RDF-HF series the most stringent compliance tests, including:

  • CLP/GHS (EC 1272/2008)
  • EN 71-3
  • Coverage (EC 1907/2006)
  • RLS-EuPIA
  • RoHS
  • EuPIA Switzerland
  • REACh
  • Nestle Guidance Note on Packaging Inks
  • EN 71-9:2007-09
  • GADSL

Our recommendation

SubstrateInk typeIndustrial Sector
PolypropyleneACP, B, CFU, L, M, N, P, P-AF, RDF-HF, S, TFF, TP-CD, TP-PP, U-HF, UV-RDF, WBeverages, white goods, medical technology
PolyamideACP, B, CFU, L, M, N, P, P-AF, RDF-HF, S, U-HF, WToys, beverages, stationery
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Please note that this information is only a guideline. A particular recommendation depends on the application. An incoming inspection (test print) must always be carried out.

Alternative applications

The pad printing process is ideally suited for two-dimensional microdosing. In other words, media other than ink can also be transferred, such as medical agents (e.g. nicotine), lubricants, illuminants (e.g. printed LEDs), bonded coatings, greases, conductive compounds/conductive coatings (e.g. gold pastes) and much more. Ask us!

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Rafael Sliwa
Product Management & Sales Printing Inks

Which ink type is the right one is based on various influencing factors. The coverage of ink types and shades depends on the surface to be printed as well as the engraving depth, cliché screening and the number of prints (single or double/multiple printing). The ink consistency must also be adjusted to the correct viscosity with the appropriate thinner (solvent), depending on the print image. You will find the tools perfectly matched to our pad printing inks in our portfolio.

For good resistance, solvent-based 1- or 2-component inks or UV pad printing inks must be used, depending on the type of substrate. The 1-component inks dry physically by evaporation of the solvent content. In the case of 2-component inks, a cross-linking reaction takes place after ink transfer in addition to physical drying. UV pad printing inks have a lower solvent content. These dry under UV light.

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Overview of color range

RDF-HF ink type

U-HF ink type

Ink chart