Thermal Graphix

Product Application

Braden Sutphin’s Thermal Graphix series is a water base flexo series developed for use with ribbon and direct thermal transfer overprinting applications. It works on a variety of papers and flexographic equipment and displays excellent stability and coverage. This line of ink can also be used in the medical packaging industry for making blister pack as well as serializing applications on Tyvek material.


Product Features
  • Thermal Graphix ink properties may vary depending upon the actual substrate used.
  • We recommend testing prior to use to ensure compatibility.
  • For added resistance we offer an overprint varnish.
  • Available in four color process and base colors.
  • Color matches available upon request.

Product Benefits

Thermal transfer and/or direct thermal paper applications can benefit from this ink line. These inks are designed to take the thermal heats your customers will experience during their subsequent processing without blistering, flaking or smudging. Thermal Graphix offers improved run speeds and color densities, which contributes to lower costs and increased margins.


Technical Information

Equipment Specifications: Thermal Graphix inks are set to run on conventional metering and doctor blade setups where ink volumes are 4 to 8 bcm per anilox line screen counts from 360-440. Thermal Graphix inks were developed to work with various types of flexographic presses. This ink series offers excellent color strength and printability at press speeds up to 400 feet per minute. Testing is required to verify actual ink performance at operating speeds.

Quality Control: Viscosity: Press-ready at 20 – 25 seconds #3 Zahn cup with pH of 9.2 – 9.8.

Shelf Life: Inks remain effective up to 6 months when stored in a sealed container at 50-70° F.

Resistance: Chemical resistance properties vary with applications and substrate. This line of inks passes sterilization resistant test such as ETOH, Autoclave and Gamma Ray.  Call our technical department at 414.461.4999 to discuss formulation for specific requirements.

Colors: Bases and color matches available on request.


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To ensure optimum performance, this product should be used within six months from manufacture date. Pre-testing on actual substrate is always recommended.

Disclaimer: The technical information presented on our data sheets is correct to the best of our knowledge. Due to variations in substrates and other variables in the printing process beyond the control of the ink maker, we recommend the product be tested before application. Final determination for the performance is the sole responsibility of the user. The data presented is not to be interpreted as a warranty or guarantee as conditions of application could affect performance.

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