Blue Testing Pens and Ink

BLUE TESTING INKS (17-07XX) & PENS (17-05XX)

EXAMINATION OF PRETREATED POLYMER PLASTICS

To make possible the printing and adherence of polymer plastics it is inherent that the surface be treated, so that the surface tension rises to a defined point.

Untreated PE and PP have a surface tension of about 30 dynes/cm. Well treated PE and PP should have a value of about 38 to 41 dynes/cm for printing.

Polymer plastics with a surface tension of less than 37 dynes/cm have binding difficulties. This is recognized in that the tape pull-off test has a negative result.

The value of treatment is tested by simply brushing the testing inks/pens onto the surface.

Values available are as follows:

  • Test Pens BLUE with FORMAMIDE SOLUTION (17-05XX Series) are available from 28 to 58 dynes/cm, even and odd levels
  • Normally stocked: 36 / 38 / 40 / 42 / 44 / 46 / 48 / 50 / 52
  • Other chemical mixtures of pens: 60 / 62 / 64 / 66 / 68 / 70 / 72
  • Liquid Ink Format (17-07XX)
    • 18 / 20 / 22 / 24 / 26; Clear Ink Only
    • 28 to 59, both evens and odds; Formamide mixture
    • 60 to 72, evens only; Formamide mixture
    • 76 / 84 / 90 / 105; Potash mixture

CHARACTERISTICS

  • PP felt tip marker
  • Approximately <5 mL contents
  • Shelf life of about 8months for pens; 6months for inks; 3months for inks/pens below 28 dyne/cm
  • Color of test liquid is blue; Levels below 28 dyne/cm are clear

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