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505/15-02

Texas Specification No. 505-15-02

Effective Date: July 30, 1971

Reformatted: February 21, 1996

Specification

for

INK, MARKING, INDELIBLE, BLACK, FOR FABRICS

1. SCOPE: This specification establishes the minimum requirements for one grade and one type of black, indelible marking ink, suitable for use in power operated laundry marking machines; for marking impression with rubber stamps; and for marking with pen points. It shall be suitable for marking all uncoated fabrics.

2. APPLICABLE SPECIFICATIONS AND STANDARDS: References to specifications, standards and test methods shall be to the issues in effect on the date of the Invitation for Bids.

3. DEFINITIONS: Terminology used in this specification is intended to be generic in nature and consistent with meanings that have been defined through general use and/or accepted trade practices. Where variant meanings may exist, the applicable interpretation shall be determined by the Texas Procurement and Support Services (TPASS).

3.1. Commission: Texas Procurement and Support Services.

4. REQUIREMENTS: Marking ink furnished under this specification shall meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:

5.1. Material and Workmanship: Material and workmanship used in the manufacture of the marking ink shall be of the best commercial quality.

5.2. Form: The manufacturer is given wide range in the selection of raw materials and processes of manufacture, provided that the ink produced meets the requirements of this specification.

5.3. Performance: The marking ink shall not contain any ingredients which may cause the type wheels of a laundry marking machine to fill, gum, or cake so as to produce illegible characters to an extent necessitating cleaning of the type within one (1) week after previous cleaning. Cleaning is consider necessary when, after use, daily brushing with a stiff fiber brush will not clear up illegible characters. The marking ink shall not gum or cake on an ink pad so as to require more than one daily renewal of the pad. The marking ink shall be of suitable nature to enable clear and legible characters to be drawn by means of a pen point. The marking ink shall not spread, diffuse or blot when applied by the above methods.

5.4. Legibility of Marks: Marking ink shall contain ingredients of such a nature that marks made on test fabrics are clear and legible after one application. There shall be no offsetting or transfer; nor shall there be any discoloration beyond the limits of the marks after 24 hours.

5.5. Fastness: The marking ink shall remain clearly legible when tested according to Paragraph 6, and there shall be no question concerning the identification of any one character marking after completion of the test.

5.6. Stability: The ink shall comply with requirements Paragraph 5.5. (Fastness) after being conditioned according to Paragraph 6.

5.7. pH: The marking ink shall have a pH of 5.0 - 8.0 when tested according to Paragraph 6.

5.8. Effect of Marking Ink on Textiles: The average breaking strength of the ink stamped fabric shall be not less than 90 percent of the average breaking strength of the uninked portion of the fabric when tested according to Paragraph 6.

5.9. General Requirements: The marking ink shall contain no sediment; shall not turn gray or brown when exposed to heat from laundry presses and flatwork ironers; shall be self-setting and shall not require heat to set; and shall be impervious to laundry bleach and sour. It shall not thicken when stored in original unopened containers for one year under normal conditions or within three months when the container is kept closed when not in normal use.

5.10. Containers: The marking ink shall be furnished in well constructed new metal containers (no rust spots, dents, or weak seams, etc.) of the following types and sizes; as specified in the Invitation for Bids:

5.10.1. One pint metal can with lever controlled cap (or glass bottles with screw cap).

5.10.2. One quart metal can with lever controlled cap (or glass bottles with screw cap).

5.10.3. One gallon metal can with lever controlled cap (or glass bottles with screw cap).

Note: The marking ink shall neither affect nor be affected by the containers in which it is supplied for one (1) year from the date of delivery.

6. TESTING: Testing shall be done by or at the direction of, the Commission and/or the receiving State agency. Tests shall be performed on products from shipments to ordering agencies. In the event products tested fail to meet or exceed all conditions and requirements of this specification, the cost of the samples used and the cost of testing shall be borne by the supplier.

6.1. Test: The products furnished under this specification shall be tested by the following methods or approved equally applicable procedures:

6.1.1. Fastness: Shall be determined according to Federal Specification No. TT-I-542d, Section 4.4.3.

6.1.2. Stability: Shall be determined according to Federal Specification No. TT-I-542d, Section 4.4.2.

6.1.3. pH Value: Shall be determined according to Federal Specification No. TT-I-542d, Section 4.4.4.

6.1.4. Effect of Marking Ink on Textiles: Shall be determined according to Federal Specification No. TT-I-542d, Section 4.4.5.

7. SAMPLES: Unless otherwise specified in the Invitation for Bids, no prepurchase samples shall be required. Samples tested shall be obtained from products supplied on regular orders.

8. INSPECTION: Products furnished under this specification shall be inspected by, or at the direction of the Commission and/or the ordering State agency either at the destination or place of manufacture.

9. PACKING / PACKAGING: Packing for shipment shall be in accordance with the manufacturer's standard practice and in a manner readily accepted by common carriers engaged in interstate commerce and as specified in the Invitation for Bids. Within the shipping carton, units shall be packed in a manner designed to minimize damage during shipment due to rough or improper handling.

9.1. The number of containers per standard package shall be optional with the supplier; however, bidder must show his standard package quantity as a part of the bid.

10. MARKING / LABELING:

10.1. MARKING: Each shipping container shall be clearly marked with:

10.1.1. Name of contents.

10.1.2. Quantity.

10.1.3. Name and address of the manufacturer.

The container or shipping documents shall include:

10.1.4. Order number or contract number.

10.1.5. Name and address of ordering agency.

10.1.6. Agency requisition number.

10.2. LABELING: Each product container shall bear a securely affixed and durable label showing the following:

10.2.1. Name and address of the manufacturer.

10.2.2. Trade mane of the product, if any.

10.2.3. Net amount contained.

10.2.4. Complete directions for use.

11. COMPLIANCE: In order for consideration to be given to the bid on an item under this specification, the bidder must comply with the following conditions:

11.1. PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION: The make, model number, name of the manufacturer, brand or trade name, etc., as applicable, of the item which the vendor proposes to furnish must be stated as part of the bid.

11.2. EXCEPTIONS: Notwithstanding the above, any exception taken by the bidder to the requirements and conditions of this specification must be stated and described in detail as a part of the bid. If no exceptions or deviations are identified in this manner, the items must be furnished exactly as described herein.

11.3. PROOF: The bidder shall bear the burden of proof of compliance with this specification.

12. ORDERING DATA: When ordering products conforming to this specification the requisitioning agency shall specify the following:

12.1. The number of this specification (505-15-02).

12.2. Size of containers desired (See Paragraph 5.10).

12.3. Quantity of each size container desired.

13. AVAILABILITY OF SPECIFICATIONS: Copies of this specification may be obtained by calling or writing:

Bid Services

Texas Procurement and Support Services

P.O.Box 13186

Austin, TX 78711-3047

(512) 463-3416

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