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Printing/decorating: Pad printing on large parts, and inks for medical

Inkcups Now Corp. has introduced the ICN-150, a semi-automatic, large-parts pad printing machine. ICN-150 handles 150-mm ink cups, which enables printed images up to 140 mm in diameter. Its independent pad/ink cup stroke facilitates loading of large parts and print-cycle fine-tuning for the high-quality images. The ICN-150 is offered as a one- or two-color printer and features an extended forward stroke, two-position pneumatic shuttle, and XYR micro-adjust printing plate assemblies. The firm also now offers two new medical-grade inks for pad and screen printing. Two of its Sapphire product lines?MB and J3 series?have been Class 6 certified and approved for use in the medical device and diagnostic industry. In addition to being Class 6 certified, these inks also comply with European EN 71 Toy Safety standards and California Proposition 65. Applications include the permanent printing of catheters, syringes, auto-sutures, and many other medical devices. The J3 Series is universal plastic ink for permanent marking on solvent-sensitive plastics (ABS, PVC, polycarbonate, styrene, and others). The MB Series is for difficult-to-print substrates, which include pretreated polyethylene, PTFE, nylon, and stainless steel. Inkcups Now Corp., Danvers, MA, U.S.A.; +1 978-646-8980; www.inkcups.com

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