|Printed materials are used in a great number of ways, and there are many cases in which your ink must be formulated specifically to be compatible with a particular end use. Some inks must be receptive to a post-printing process, such as coating or lamination. Others must be formulated to satisfy a particular product requirement, such as outdoor display or contact with substances which would damage ordinary inks.
When ordering ink which will have a special end use, it is in your best interest to always make reference to that end use, and not to assume that a specific ink formulation with which you are familiar will be suitable for that end use. (For example, if your job will be UV coated, ask for inks that are UV coating compatible. A common misconception leads many customers to ask for wax-free inks, which could result in serious problems. While most UV coating compatible inks are indeed wax-free or contain very small amounts of wax, there are other considerations in the formulation of these inks and just any old wax-free ink may not suffice.)
In short, specify the ink you need by end use application, not by ink characteristics.
Superior also makes inks for other special end uses, including inks for foil stamping, inks for outdoor display (fade-resistant and/or weather-resistant), indelible inks (for clothing labels), optical character recognition (OCR) inks and invisible inks.
Our state-of-the-art technical lab can formulate an ink that will best suit any special end use requirements.