Fulfill your packaging ink performance requirements while meeting food-contact regulations with our high-performance Raven carbon blacks.
Birla Carbon offers a wide range of carbon blacks specifically designed to meet the highest performance standards for a variety of packaging inks. Our balanced approach to product design gives formulators a series of products capable of achieving performance targets regardless of printing process, ink chemistry, or substrate type; all while adhering to food contact regulations.
Areas of Benefits:
The Raven product portfolio includes a range of surface area and structure combinations to give formulators the flexibility needed to meet strict appearance targets and develop desired opacity on porous and non-porous substrates.
Our range of low structure carbon blacks allow formulators to increase pigment loadings to improve thin film opacity while maintaining desired flow properties during handling and application.
Carbon blacks from our Ultra product line minimize physical contaminant levels to reduce equipment wear and improve maintenance costs. Where regulatory standards are a concern, Raven products are produced utilizing process technology that reduces polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heavy metal contaminations.
Tailored morphologies and surface chemistries in a physical form that best suits your processing equipment provides the best way to achieve the necessary quality of dispersion for the application at the lowest energy cost.
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Raven 675 Ultra is a medium surface area, low structure carbon black that provides a good balance of optical density, undertone, and low viscosity. The product’s high purity makes it suitable for use in select food & skin contact applications.
Raven 760 Ultra
Raven 760 Ultra is a medium surface area, high purity carbon black that provides a good balance of optical density and undertone while maintaining flow properties. The product is suitable for use in select food & skin contact applications.
Raven 1060 Ultra
Raven 1060 Ultra is a medium surface area, food contact approved carbon black with low structure which offers ease of dispersion, low viscosity, and good color strength. The product is surface treated for improved dispersion and in-can stability.
Raven 1080 Ultra
Raven 1080 Ultra is a medium surface area, food contact approved carbon black with low structure for premium heatset, sheetfed, UV, and packaging inks. The product is surface treated for improved dispersion and in-can stability.
Raven L Ultra
Raven L Ultra is a medium-low structure carbon black with moderate surface area which balances color performance with flow properties and dispersibility. The high level of purity generates low abrasion inks. The product is especially suited for gravure applications.
Raven 1180 Ultra
Raven 1180 Ultra is a medium-high surface area, food contact approved carbon black with low structure for premium heatset, sheetfed, UV, and packaging inks. The product is surface treated for improved dispersion and in-can stability.
Raven 1185 Ultra
Raven 1185 Ultra is a medium-high surface area carbon black designed with high structure to enable rapid, more thorough dispersion, while the surface modification provides desired viscosity and dispersion stability. A high level of purity enables use in food and skin contact applications.
Raven 900 P
Raven 900 is a moderate structure, powder carbon black design to enable rapid, more thorough dispersion and limit pigment penetration into porous substrates. The product is especially suited for flexographic inks.
Carbon black refers to engineered carbon nanoparticles that are fused together to form unique 3-dimensional aggregates. Carbon black, in its pure form, is a fine black powder. It is produced by partial burning and pyrolysis of oil residues or natural gas at high temperatures under controlled process conditions. Carbon black is different from charcoal. Carbon black has a complex particulate structure that is formed in a gas phase produced from fully pyrolyzed hydrocarbons at high temperatures. Charcoal is produced by the pyrolysis of wood or other carbonaceous materials at lower temperatures and is in bulk or milled powder form. Due to their structural and morphological differences, they have distinctly different performances.
Carbon black is usually made from hydrocarbon oils, e.g., refined coal tar or heavy petroleum oil, or natural gas. Hydrocarbons derived from recycled tires, and biomass, e.g., wood, etc., are gaining increasing attention as sustainable sources of feedstock.
Carbon black is a vital component in making many of the products we use every day strong, appealing, durable and safe. Some of these solutions include tires, automotive weatherstrip and belts, plastic parts, coatings, inks and sealants. For example, tires without reinforcing carbon black would not run over 100 miles. As a pigment, carbon black offers desired color strength for applications ranging from electronic enclosures to automotive coatings, and household appliances. Carbon black imparts UV durability to rubber and plastic goods to ensure their service life for a few decades. As an electrically conductive additive, carbon black renders insulative rubber and plastic materials antistatic, electrodissipative or conductive to provide safety and protection, and thereby reliability for mining, electronic packaging, and wire and cable applications, to name a few.
In principle, carbon black can be stored for many years in a dry, cool, and well-ventilated location. According to ATM D 8043 Standard Guide for Carbon Black — Shelf Life, “the shelf life of carbon black is defined as indefinite when stored in a manner that protects it from liquid water or high humidity environments. The only two properties of carbon black known to change over time are moisture and Iodine number. The moisture content can change over the short-term (weeks or months), depending on the ambient humidity and the surface area of the carbon black. Iodine number can change over an extended period (years) due to a slow increase in the oxygen content on the surface of the carbon black.” However, “the slight change in Iodine Number over an extended period does not affect actual surface area properties and in-rubber performance of the carbon black.”
Detailed guidelines may be found in carbon black’s safety datasheet (SDS) provided by the manufacturer or supplier, or in Carbon Black User’s Guide provided by ICBA (International Carbon Black Association).
Below are a few examples: 1) Avoid dust formation; do not breathe dust; provide appropriate local exhaust to minimize dust formation; do not use compressed air; 2) Take precautionary measures against static discharges; 3) Maintain safe work practices, including the elimination of potential ignition sources in proximity to carbon black dust, good housekeeping to minimize accumulation of dust, and appropriate exhaust ventilation design and maintenance to control airborne dust levels, etc.; 4) Handle in accordance with good industrial hygiene and safety practices.5) Use process enclosures and/or exhaust ventilation to keep airborne dust concentrations 6) Wear appropriate PPEs. e.g., respirators, masks, safety glasses or goggles, protective glove, and clothing, etc.
The industry has made tremendous progress in recovering carbon black for re-usage. One of the examples is to reclaim carbon black from post-consumer tires and reuse it for tires or other applications. After years of extensive research and development, Birla Carbon has introduced ContinuaTM Sustainable Carbonaceous Material (SCM) to make circularity a reality. Please visit https://www.birlacarbon.com/continua/ or contact a Birla Carbon representative for details.
The certificate of analysis (COA) provided by the manufacturer or supplier summarizes a carbon black product’s key properties, including iodine or nitrogen surface area, structure (OAN), cleanliness (sieve residue). that the COA may be used as a starting point to assess if the product meets quality requirements. Please contact a Birla Carbon representative for assistance.