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Domino Printing supplies ideal ink for respirator face masks and surgical masks

Domino Printing is supplying a fast-drying ink that delivers good legibility and contrast to manufacturers of respirator face masks and surgical masks.

The BK119 ink was originally created for the food packaging industry but is ideally suited to the task, with adhesion properties that make it ideal for coding onto non-porous respirator masks produced on high speed manufacturing lines.

A mask produced using the ink from Domino. Picture: Domino Printing
A mask produced using the ink from Domino. Picture: Domino Printing

Coding is applied before masks are die-cut into their final form, meaning fast-drying ink is required to reduce the risk of the code becoming smudged.

James Gibbins, product manager – fluids at Bar Hill-based Domino, said: “Both respirator face masks and surgical masks have played a key role in the global fight against COVID-19. In the last year we have seen a significant rise in demand for these products, with many manufacturers making them for the very first time.

“Respirator face masks are classified as PPE whilst surgical masks fall under the category of medical devices – both of which are subject to compulsory coding requirements within the countries in which they are sold. The capability and expertise to apply the necessary safety and quality codes are crucial, both for legislative compliance and consumer safety.”

The company’s technologies are also being used for coding onto the packaging for diagnostic test kits and vaccines. Domino is working with customers to integrate vision solutions to verify codes and check the integrity of individual vials and syringes.

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