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ACMI’s Catalog

ACMI offers a wide variety of coding and marking inks for an ever expanding list of applications. We have highlighted some of these ink categories and applications below. To learn more, click on the one that interests you. If you don't see your application listed, we encourage you to email your requirements with the aid of the Ink Request Worksheet.

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General Purpose Liquid Ink   
General Purpose Paste Ink
Stamp Pad Ink, Porous
Stamp Pad Ink, Non-porous
Carton Coding Ink
Stencil Ink
FDA Ingredient Ink
Meat Branding Ink
Hog Tattoo Ink
Non-FDA Food Package Ink
Textile Marking Ink
Invisible Ink
Jet Printing Ink
Polyvinyl Chloride Marking Ink
Water Base Flexographic Ink
Miscellaneous Ink and Products
High Temperature Resistant Ink
Alcohol Resistant Ink

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Epoxy Inks

Epoxy Inks

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Marking Accessories

Stamp Pads
Stencil Rollers
Brayer Roller
Vinyl Plate
Refillable Markers

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Glossary   - Definitions of terms found in catalog
Viscosity Guidelines
Equivalency Chart

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General Purpose Liquid Ink

ACMI offers a selection of general purpose liquid inks

For marking film, foil, plastic, metal, glass, and other nonporous substrates

Variety of application methods including air sprayer, felt
stamp pad, flexographic printer and other printing methods
using rubber type

Available in a variety of dry times

Pad life relative to dry time 

 #100 and #700 will print through thin layers of moisture

      ACMI #                  Dry Time
#621         2 - 4 seconds
#627         2 - 4 seconds
#100         5 - 15 seconds
#200         20 - 30 seconds
#239         20 - 30 seconds
#400         25 - 35 seconds
#700         50 - 60 seconds

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General Purpose Paste Ink

ACMI offers selection of general purpose paste inks 
(#6403 1st choice to test)

Designed to be applied by direct or offset printing machines
or by rubber stamp from a thin draw down, suitable for 
bottom coding

For marking glass, metal, plastics and paper stock, both
coated and uncoated

Very stable inks with excellent color development

Available in a variety of dry times, generally set to touch

Cure or fully reacted in 1-2 weeks

Dry and cure times can be enhanced with application of
heat to a maximum of 160 degrees F., for example heat
gun or heat tunnel

ACMI #  Relative Dry Time Particular Specifications
#6402 slowest  
#6403 medium Meets: A-A-208b Type IV
#6404 medium slow thicker paste
#6406 slow  
#6407 medium fast Meets: A-A-59291 Type IV
#6408 slow ABS
#6409 medium nylon tubes
#6410 slow untreated polypropylene

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Stamp Pad Ink, Porous

Rubber stamp marking, excellent pad life

Paper, corrugated, wood and other porous

Stamp pad, flexographic printer or other method
using rubber type

Variety of dry times

ACMI #      Dry Time       Pad Type
#6   2 - 4 seconds      foam or felt
#8 7 - 10 seconds      foam or felt
#10 20 - 30 seconds     porous wood
#29 25 - 35 seconds      foam or felt
#212 50 - 60 seconds      felt or stone

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Stamp Pad Ink, Non-porous

Rubber stamp marking from cloth covered felt pad

Plastics, metal, glass, film, foil and other nonporous 

Pad life relative to inks dry time

ACMI #         Dry Time
#100 5 - 15 seconds
#200 20 - 30 seconds
#400 25 - 35 seconds
#487 40 - 50 seconds
#700 50 -60 seconds
#707 60 - 80 seconds
#2000 75 - 105 seconds
#2001 120 - 150 seconds

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Carton Coding Ink

ACMI offers selection of inks for carton coding

For porous substrates such as corrugated cartons, paper 
bags and labels

Formulated to give trouble free, clear, vivid marks

Vary in dry time

Applications include stamp pad, hand roller, reservoir roll 
or roll impregnation for use in inline coders and carton

Water base

#18D, more intense colors

ACMI #          Dry Time
#6      2 - 4 seconds
#8     7 - 10 seconds
#18D    10 - 15 seconds
#55N         < 1 minute
#1150      1 1/2 minutes

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Stencil Ink

ACMI offers a large selection of stencil inks

For porous and nonporous substrates

Available in a variety of dry time

High viscosity inks available for stencil roller with pad or 

Low viscosity inks available for fountain brush or roller with

Stencil inks which certify to CID A-A-208B, formerly

ACMI  # Porous
Roller with
#2000        X       X          X    Type I&IV
#2001        X       X          X   Type I&IV
#4134        X       X          X         X Type I
#4130        X            X         X Type II
#4107        X            X         X Type II
#901        X            X           
#2211          X          X    
#754          X          X    
#2053          X          X    




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FDA Ingredient Ink

ACMI inks formulated with FDA Listed ingredients

Limited contact with food

Available in a variety of dry times for porous and nonporous substrates

 Porous Substrates Nonporous Substrates   **New Nonporous**
#930  USDA Approved
   USDA Approved
#639   Popsicle sticks
#649 - FDA wash-off

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Meat Branding Ink

#1, #31, #401 and #403 are NSF Registered inks, USDA approved

Direct marking on meat and poultry food products

Low viscosity and identical except for color and ink #

Violet most often used for meat inspection and grading

#403 Green same formulation as #403 Red with exception of FD&C dyes used

#1 Blue #31 Violet #401 Brown #403 Red #403 Green

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Hog Tattoo Ink

NSF Registered ink, USDA approved

High Viscosity blue Tattoo ink for marking meat and poultry food products

  #134B Blue

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Sprayed on inedible meats & poultry

Concentrate:  Dilute 3 parts water : 1 part ink

Also available in ready to use formulation

  #63 Blue, Green, Red & Yellow

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Non-FDA Food Package Ink

ACMI offers Non-FDA inks

An effective barrier should exist between the ink marking 
and the food

No reasonable chance that the food will come in contact
with the ink

Standard frozen food ink (#100)

Standard grocery ink (#150)

Available in a variety of dry times

Nonporous substrates such as coated paper, cellophane,
plastic wrappers, waxed paper, polyethylene, metal, enamel
and glass

#100 and #700 will print through thin layers of moisture

ACMI #      Dry Time
#627    2 - 4 seconds
#100    5 - 15 seconds
#150  20 - 30 seconds
#400  25 - 35 seconds
#700  50 - 60 seconds

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  Textile Marking Ink

Laundry Marking/Dry cleaning ink, low odor

Suitable for use in stamp pads and automatic coding

Lightfast and resistant to dry cleaning fluids and detergents

Print on wide variety of synthetic and natural fabrics

#2000, bleach resistant

ACMI # Color Availability
#1156 Black & few colors (dye based)
#2256 Wide range of colors (pigmented)
#2000 Black  (pigmented)

Parachutes and other textiles

Meet CID A-A-59291, formerly MIL-I-6903c

#2043, #2053 & #2063 meet spec. with exceptions

Variety of dry times and application methods

Waterproof, lightfast and laundry resistant

ACMI # Dry Time Method of Application Type
#2023 1-1 1/2 min.  stencil Type IV
#2023A 1-1 1/2 min. stamp pad Type I
#2043 3 - 5 min. stamp pad or stencil Type I or IV
#2053     10 min. ball marker or silk screen Type III
#2063   6 - 9 min. stamp pad or stencil Type I or IV

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Invisible Ink

ACMI offers a selection of dye based invisible inks

Designed to fluoresce when exposed to 380nm UV light

Porous and Nonporous substrates

Available in a variety of dry times and application methods

Standard blue fluorescence has a maximum of 450nm

Porous Substrates Nonporous Substrates
#505-pen or spray #501-pen or spray
#506-stamp pad or self inker #521-brighter version #501
#507-corrugated #504-stamp pad (#400 type)
#508-on hands (OK in pen) #514-brighter version #504
#518-on hands  (resists chlorine) #512-fast dry (#100 type)
#528-slower dry #508, porous only, not on hands #515-for coder
#522-label printing (#212 type) #516-for coder/pad
#541-printer ribbons (#4221 type) #526-brighter version #516
#556-textiles (#1156A type) #517-stamp pad (#700 type)
  #535-vinyl marking (#3100 type)

ACMI has handheld Black Lights available for purchase, rated at
7000 hours of normal use.  They emit long waves at 300-400nm.

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Jet Printing Ink

ACMI offers selection of Jet Printing Inks

Available for Drop-on-Demand or Continuous Stream

Porous and Nonporous substrates

Fast drying, non-feathering

ACMI # Substrate Jet Printing Type
#1450 Porous Drop-on Demand
#1455 Porous Drop-on-Demand
#431 Nonporous Drop-on-Demand
#1400 Nonporous Continuous Stream
#1401 Nonporous Continuous Stream

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Polyvinyl Chloride Marking Ink

Excellent adhesion to rigid and flexible PVC-acetate 
copolymer surfaces

Variety of dry times available

Available for several methods of application

All pigmented and some dye based colors non-bleeding,
waterproof, with excellent colorfastness to heat and light

#3110 can be certified to MIL-I-43295

ACMI # Pigment / Dye Application Method Dry Time
#3100 pigment rubber stamp or stencil 1 1/2 min.
#3101 pigment rubber stamp or stencil 45 sec.
#3102 pigment rubber stamp or stencil 30-45 sec.
#3103 pigment silk screen 3 min.
#3104 dye rubber stamp or stencil 1 1/2 min.
#3106 pigment rubber stamp or stencil 3 - 4 min.
#3109 pigment
silk screen or machine printing 3 - 4 min.
#3110 pigment rubber stamp or stencil 1-1 1/2 min.
#3116 pigment--mstheme--> roller or flexographic printer 30 sec.

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Water Base Flexographic Ink

ACMI offers a selection of water base flexographic inks

Available in a variety of dry times

For marking paper, plastic packaging, Tyvek and corrugated

Several special application inks available

ACMI # Relative Dry Time Special Application
Catalytic converter, mark 
designed to burn off
<10 sec. porous
20 sec. nonporous
Catalytic converter, mark
designed to burn off
<10 sec. porous
3 1/2 min. nonporous
air brush on doll heads
#5306 medium fast lower viscosity
<10 sec. porous
4-4 1/2 min. nonporous
single dose foil packs
higher viscosity & faster dry #5305
#5392 fast for asphalt roofing material
#5395 medium fast for asphalt roofing material
<10 sec. porous
30-45 sec. nonporous
marking ceramic parts,
resists 200 degrees F.

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Miscellaneous Ink and Products

Felt Tip Pen Ink

ACMI #4104

Designed to be used in refillable felt tip pens

Good intensity of color

Dries fast on all surfaces

Particularly good adhesion to tough to write on surfaces

Compatible with other aromatic hydrocarbon based inks

Fluorescent Inks

ACMI offers a variety of standard fluorescent inks

Made with special fluorescent colorants

Bright, extremely visible impression in daylight

In dim light, visible under black light

Currently available for porous and nonporous substrates

Variety of application methods

Most of ACMI standard inks can be converted to fluorescent

Antorbond Primer

ACMI #7040

Promotes the adhesion of double coated acrylic transfer tape
(PSA) to difficult to bond surfaces

Can be used on silicone, fluorocarbon, fluorosilicone and
various thermoplastics

Allows a variety of transfer tapes to be used to obtain the 
desired peel strength

Shelf Life 6 months

Made to order, not returnable

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  High Temperature Resistant Ink

Excellent resistance to high temperature

Require proper curing

Suitable for nonporous substrates such as metals, glass and

ACMI # Cure Temp. Resistant to Application 
#2260 600 deg. F. 1500 deg. F. brush/air spray stencil
#2262 600 deg. F. 950 deg. F. roller or stamp
#6821 300-500 F. 600 deg. F. brush/air spray stencil
#6822 350 deg. F. 650 deg. F. offset print on metal
#6823 350 deg. F. 650 deg. F. rubber stamping

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Alcohol Resistant Ink

ACMI offers alcohol resistant inks

For nonporous substrates

Varying dry time

Application by rubber stamp

ACMI # Dry Time
#2610 Fast
#2611 Faster

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Most inks occasionally require thinning, especially the rapid air
drying varieties.  ACMI reconditioners are designed to dilute the
ink, or replace evaporated solvents, without changing drying and
other properties of the ink.

Ink in stamp pads will lose solvents when the pads are left open.
ACMI recommends using a small amount of reconditioner on the 
stamp pad as necessary and especially before storage.  Stamp 
pads should be stored in tightly sealed plastic storage bags, when
not in use.

ACMI #6000 cleaner is specifically formulated to remove fresh and 
partially cured Epoxy ink from stamps, printing machinery and
substrates.  The ink will become very difficult to remove if you wait
too long.  Each ACMI epoxy has a thinner specifically formulated
for it.  To prevent poor adhesion, print quality or solve resistance,
use only the proper thinner sparingly.  Age thickened Epoxy ink 
should not be thinned, just discarded.  The chemical reaction
has progressed, and it is time to obtain a fresh batch.

See the individual ink Data Sheet for the recommended
reconditioner.  ACMI does not recommend use of thinners other
than the on formulated for the particular ink.  Use of other thinners
may adversely effect the ink.

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Epoxy Ink

For all applications requiring a high degree of permanency

Fast curing properties

Superior adhesion to nonporous surfaces - glass, epoxy,
metal, etc.

Virtually impervious to abrasion and flux removing solvents

Available in a wide range of colors, including EIA standard

Special colors available on request
ACMI #6050 Clipak available in black and white

Air or Heat Cure
Meets: CID A-A-56032D
Type I, II & III
Formerly: MIL-I-43553b
Heat Cure
Meets Required Performance
For: CID A-A-56032D
Type I & II
* Also Certifies to Type III
#6057-slower air dry
#6060-slowest air dry
#6051-silk screen
#6058-slower air dry
#6061-slowest air dry
#6101-silk screen version
#6102-dip coding version
*#6600-thicker semi-paste
*#6601-silk screen version
#6602-dip coding version
Air Cure
Meets: MIL-C-22750c
Air or Heat cure
No Military specification
#6010-Class I
#6015-slower air dry version
#6011-Class II
#6200-silk screen
#6202-slower dry silk screen
#6210-glass frost silk screen
#6211-glass frost stencil

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Marking Accessories

Stamp Pads

Available in foam or cloth covered felt

Available sizes are #1 (2 ½ x 4), #2 (3 x 6), #3 (4 x 7)

Stencil Rollers

Standard size is 3” x 2” stencil roller with handle

Replacement rollers are also available

Brayer Roller

A 4” hard rubber brayer roller is available for spreading epoxy ink onto a glass, metal or vinyl plate.

Vinyl Plate

A 6” x 6” vinyl plate is available for use with the brayer roller.

Refillable Markers

Available in 2 types.

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ACMI: American Coding and Marking Ink, your favorite ink manufacturer.

Adhesion: The attraction or force which holds unlike molecules together.

Chalking: Powdering of ink which has not adhered properly.

CID: Commercial Item Description

Cured: An ink is considered cured when it is fully reacted.  Some inks cure at room temperature and some require baking to cure.  Performance requirements of an ink refer to the cured ink.

Data Sheet: Information and specifications on a particular ACMI ink.

Draw down: A thin film of ink spread on paper to evaluate its shade.

Dry time: Evaporation of solvents to the point of handling.  Dry time can be effected by room temperature as well as thickness of the ink print.

Dye: A soluble coloring material.

Fastness: Resistance of color to fading.

Fed. Std. 595: Federal color standard, 1st number refers to degree of gloss.  1=gloss, 2=semi-gloss, 3=lusterless

Flashpoint: The lowest temperature at which flammable liquids will give a flash on exposure to a flame.

Fluorescent ink: Ink with extreme brightness qualities which react to ultraviolet light.

Induction period: The waiting period after a 2-part ink is mixed, prior to being ready for use.

MSDS: Material Safety Data Sheet.

Nonporous: Without pores such as glass, metal, plastic, coated paper and some textiles.

pH: A means of expressing the degree of acidity or alkalinity of a solution  
Pure distilled water, which is neutral, has a pH of 7.

Pigment: An insoluble coloring material.

Porous: Having pores as in paper, corrugated, wood, skin and some textiles.

Pot life: The time frame during which a 2-part ink can be used after mixing.

Reconditioner: An ink specific mixture of solvents used for thinning the ink or replacing evaporated solvents.

Room temperature: 68 degrees F. + or - 15 degrees.

Shelf life: The recommended life span of an ink in storage.

Specific gravity: The density of a mixture relative to water.

Substrate: The surface or material on which the ink is applied.

Viscosity: Resistance to flow; tackiness.  Can be measured in centipoise or cps, water=1cps; whereas, honey=10,000 cps.

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Viscosity Guidelines

The following chart comprises the consistency for a variety of commonly used household materials at room temperature.

Viscosity in Centipoise Similar in Viscosity
1 Water
500 #10 motor oil
2,500 Pancake syrup 
10,000 Honey
25,000 Chocolate Syrup
50,000 Catsup 
250,000 Peanut Butter
1,000,000 Paste-Caulking

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Equivalency Chart

1 gallon = 128 fluid ounces (or) 4 quarts (or) approximately 4 liters

1 quart = 32 fluid ounces (or) 2 pints (or) approximately 1 liter

1 Liter = 1000 ml (or) 33.8 ounces

1 pint = 16 fluid ounces

1 ounce = 30cc

ACMI #6050 Epoxy 10cc clipak = 1/3 ounce

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