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CTI launches new irreversible, heat-activated ink technology

PKBR Staff Writer Published 30 August 2017

Thermochromic ink manufacturer Chromatic Technologies (CTI) has launched new heat-activated, tamper-evident ink to improve detection.

The new technology enables to recognize tamper evidence in labels and packaging for chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, electronics and other products which may be prone to robbery and imitation.

The irreversible tamper-evidence technology alerts customers by transforming from colorless to full color within a range of 10° C in the activation window and is available in target activation temperatures ranging from 50° C to 80° C.

While, usual irreversible technologies require a transition window ranging between 30° to 50° C, resulting in poor color activation and detection at lower temperatures. 

To create tamper evidence alert in colors like blue, green, black and red CTI has integrated its turbo color technology.

CTI founder and CEO Lyle Small said that the newly developed tamper-evident ink is irreversible and can go only in one way.

It is used to detect the quality of the product that has been tampered or affected by the temperature variations.

Currently, tamper alert can be used only on water-based applications.

Recently, CTI has developed ink that can alter back and forth depending upon the temperature or sunlight which was used in US Postal Service 2017 solar eclipse stamp.

CTI is the global supplier of thermochromic ink and fabricates other environmentally reactive technology that includes photochromic, pressure-activated, irreversible, reveal and glow-in-the dark.

Earlier, this year CTI has introduced high-pressure indicator ink for the food packaging industry.

The indicator ink ensures product safety in the supply chain to restaurants, grocery and drug stores as well as the consumer’s home.