Test inks

Test ink according to DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 for determining the wetting tension of plastics – film and sheeting

The standard DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (draft DIN 53364) defines a simple method using test inks to determine the surface energy for plastic materials, films, composite materials and other surfaces.

Before polymers or metals can be coated or laminated, treated, finished, bound, printed or painted with a medium, precise information about the surface energy is often indispensable.
With our test ink, production processes can be designed more efficiently, and the reject rate can be reduced.
In ongoing production processes in particular, quick testing of the surface tension of materials or surfaces is often advantageous. It enables optimisation measures to be taken during the coating or treatment in the course of the ongoing process. After the production process, defective parts or entire batches can be identified by means of quality tests with test inks according to DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (draft DIN 53364).

We have developed a series of environmentally compatible test inks using a mixture of water and ethanol. The entire product range comprises 22 test inks with various surface tensions. The surface tensions range from 30 to 72 mN/m, progressing in steps of two (i.e. 30, 32, 34, …, 68, 70, 72), with a tolerance of +/-0.6 mN/m. All the test inks are delivered in brown 30 ml glass dropper bottles with brush caps.

The test procedure according to DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (draft DIN 53364)

The surface has to be smooth and/or horizontal and level. In order to determine the surface energy, a number of our test inks with gradually increasing surface tension is painted onto the surface. For this purpose, an area of approx. 6 cm² is quickly painted with the brush. This process is repeated until a test ink is found that wets the surface only just for 2 seconds. The applied ink has to remain on the surface as a liquid film for at least two seconds without shrinking back into drops. If the test ink remains extended for more than two seconds, the test has to be repeated with a test ink with a higher surface tension. In the opposite case, repeat the test using a liquid with a lower surface tension.

DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 Plastics – Films and sheeting – Determination of wetting tension is available here: http://www.beuth.de/de/norm/din-iso-8296/106380041
In case of questions, please do not hesitate to call us, or send us your request by e-mail.

Test ink according to DIN 53126

The standard DIN 53126 “Testing of paper and board – Determination of the writing properties by ink defines a testing procedure for determining if paper or cardboard can be written on with water-based ink according to the provisions of DIN 53126.
The standard defines the writing properties by ink as the resistance of the paper, paperboard or cardboard against running, beading and penetration of the ink. For the testing procedure according to DIN 53126, not only the testing procedure itself is defined, but also the ink to be used. Only a standardised ink recipe that is the same for all tests can produce comparable test results.

Test inks according to DIN 53126 are produced in our laboratory, and their physical properties according to DIN EN 14370, DIN 19268 and DIN 51562 are measured.

DIN 53126 can be obtained from: Beuth Verlag GmbH, Auslandsnormenverkauf, 10772 Berlin, Germany (postal address: Burggrafenstr. 6, 10787 Berlin)

Please note:

DIN 53126 was replaced by the Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Institute for Standardisation) in April 2011. Since then, test inks according to DIN 53126 have to have a higher pH value.
If your company uses test inks, it is important to know whether you used inks according to the new DIN 53126 or the previous version from 2001 for your tests when you reorder ink. Changing the test ink to the new DIN standard will result in changes in the test results that have to be taken into account when analysing and evaluating the test results.

Test inks

Art. no.PropertyColour
Test inks DIN 8296To determine the wetting tension of plastics
OF-53364-30Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 30 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-32Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 32 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-34Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 34 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-36Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 36 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-38Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 38 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-40Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 40 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-42Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 42 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-44Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 44 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-46Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 46 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-48Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 48 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-50Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 50 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-52Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 52 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-54Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 54 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-56Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 56 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-58Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 58 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-60Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 60 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-62Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 62 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-64Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 64 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-66Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 66 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-68Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 68 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-70Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 70 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
OF-53364-72Test inks DIN ISO 8296:2008-03 (im Entwurf DIN 53364), OFS = 72 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau
Test inks DIN 53126To determine the writing properties of paper by ink
OF-53126Paper test ink DIN 53126 Punkt 5.2, OFS = 47 mN/m, mit ChargenprüfzertifikatTinte Farbe Blau Frankiertinte blau

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