As the world’s leading supplier of metal decorating ink for two-piece cans and flat-sheet metal printing, INX International Ink Company is today launching its new INXSpec Brand Color Perfection System at Cannex – an international four-day showcase for metal packaging manufacturing and filling technologies held in Guangzhou, China. “INXSpec is a unique brand management program that duplicates perfect colour to deliver consistent results time after time,” said the company. “Working in tandem with INX MDO Base System thermoset impact extruded metal decorating inks, it achieves brand colour consistency with incredibly accurate dispensing solutions (+/- 0.001 lbs. – 0.5 grams) in only four steps.”
“INXSpec will make operations for monobloc decorators more effective by saving time and money while getting them to the production stage faster and more consistently,” said Rick Clendenning, President and CEO of INX. “With INXSpec, they can formulate the exact colour chemistry and adhesion for a specific metallic substrate in a matter of minutes. Any guesswork has been eliminated and the time process it normally takes to complete has been reduced. INXSpec can be replicated for each and every run and performed in virtually any facility in the world, making it the most efficient system available.”
The process for accurate blended brand colour inks begins with phase one – Initial Colour Measurement – and continues through Formulate & Dispense, Mix & Decorate and Verify & Produce Cans. The first step of Initial Colour Measurement starts with matching the customer’s standard and creating colour data to generate a formula. Once completed, the Formulate & Dispense stage is where colour data is saved and dispensed, blended and proofed in 50-100 gram amounts via an AccuBlend dispensing system. The Mix & Decorate mode verifies the colour shade and draw-down matches to the formula, and the final stage confirms the colour match and allows for production to begin.
INXSpec works with MDO Base System thermoset impact extruded metal decorating inks, that offer significant benefits – including short dwell times and improved transfer, ink flow and scratch resistance. Available in eight base colours, they also have a wide range of secondary and permanent colours.