23 Sep 2019

Xennia launches high performance metallic ink

Xennia

XenInx Onyx metallic silver ink is designed for a range of applications including packaging, graphics, labeling and product decoration. XenInx Onyx can be used in combination with XenInx Diamond or XenInx Alexandrite CMYK inks to produce a coloured metallic appearance. The ink works with a wide range of piezo printheads, and is recommended for use with Xennia printing systems and XenJet inkjet modules using Xennia's proprietary recirculating inkjet technology.

"XenInx Onyx offers excellent print quality on a variety of porous and non-porous substrates, with reflectivity to rival that of metallic inks printed by screen, gravure or other traditional printing methods," explains Dr Alan Hudd, Managing Director of Xennia. "The ink also offers reliable and consistent print performance with good adhesion and durability. XenInx Onyx metallic inkjet ink allows users requiring metallic decorative effects to reap the benefits of digital printing."

Dr Hudd comments "Brand owners need to print shorter packaging runs every year, and demand a solution able to do this economically, while providing all of the capabilities of their traditional printing technology. XenInx Onyx metallic ink is part of a range of products offered by Xennia allowing cost effective, low risk digital solutions to be introduced into the packaging industry. Package printers can keep producing attractive and creative packaging while addressing the need for customised, personalised printing for their customers."

"XenInx Onyx has been developed based on advanced dispersion technology and formulated with carefully selected metallic pigments to ensure high reflectivity of the printed ink. Onyx prints reliably at high speed, has excellent dwell performance and requires minimal need for printhead maintenance," adds Dr Hudd.

Mutoh announces availability of its new bio-lactite™ inks

Bio Lactite Logo

Wide format inkjet printer manufacturer Mutoh Belgium nv announces immediate availability of its new Bio-Lactite™ inks, which were first presented at the past Fespa 2010 show in Munich, Germany.   Mutoh’s new Bio-Lactite™ ink is a renewable resource based ink – made from corn – capable of printing on both flexible and rigid materials.

“Our new organic Bio-Lactite inks are the result of Mutoh’s ongoing commitment to develop sustainable and environmentally friendly printing solutions for both installed base Mutoh users and new users”, says Arthur Vanhoutte, President of Mutoh’s European operations.

“The inks will offer print providers a sustainable print solution that will enable them to reduce the entire environmental footprint of their daily production. The new Bio-Lactite inks will enable users to explore green output on recyclable media whilst keeping the performance features of typical solvent-based inks and keeping an efficient energy consumption.  The ink’s attractive price setting will furthermore enable printer users to reduce their cost for print figures. Last but not least, Mutoh’s award-winning and so far unrivalled Intelligent Interweaving print technology will avoid trial and error printing and therefore reduce media waste”, Vanhoutte concludes.

The new Bio-Lactite™ ink is compatible with Mutoh Rockhopper 3 Extreme roll printers and the Mutoh ValueJet Hybrid roll to roll and rigid printer. Available in 220 & 440 ml cassettes, 880 ml bags and in litre bottles, the inks will be marketed all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa through Mutoh’s authorised distributor channel.

Key Characteristics of Mutoh Bio-Lactite™ Inks

Ink Composition & Safety Aspects

  • Mutoh’s Bio Lactite™ inks are non-petrochemical based inks.  50 % of the inks is ethyl-lactate, a component which is derived from corn.
  • The inks do not spread any harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the working environment and therefore do not require any forced or special ventilation.
  • Non ODP inks (non Ozone DePleting), meaning the inks do not contain products which are considered as harmful to the earth's protective ozone layer.
  • Rapid drying; no external drying equipment is required to dry the inks.
  • Inks are fixed and dried at regular heating temperatures.  For roll printing, only 600 W is consumed during printing.
  • Wide colour gamut with unique media gloss preservation.
  • Low maintenance – same ease of use as Mutoh Eco Ultra inks.

Unique Ink Fixation Process

  • Selected binders contained in the Bio-Lactite™ inks ensure an optimized chemical interaction among the pigments and the media surface.
  • For roll media, the ink is fixed and dried by the printer’s conventional integrated heating elements.
  • For rigid media printing and for insulating roll media such as polypropylene, Mutoh proprietary rapid response heated air knives (ValueJet Hybrid only) deliver instant heating from the top, fixing and drying the ink.

Multi-Purpose Ink

  • Mutoh Bio-Lactite™ inks are suited for both roll and rigid printing.
  • Unlike other “green” inks, the unique ink formulation of Mutoh Bio-Lactite™ inks, specifically tuned to piezo drop-on-demand inkjet head technology, will enable printing on a wide range of conventional solvent-compatible media.
  • The inks will also be the obvious choice for customers demanding “green output” on recyclable media and for high quality direct printing on “exotic” media not typically intended for inkjet printing.
  • Unrivalled media compatibility range - Uncoated rigid materials : Acrylic glass - PMMA, aluminium sandwich board, foam board, cardboard, ABS, polycarbonate - PC, polypropylene - PP, etc… Uncoated flexible substrates : Non-PVC & PVC based self-adhesive media, recyclable fibre-based paper,  banner, polyethylene - PET, polypropylene - PP, etc....

Performance

  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.
  • Suited for 3D wrap applications and for unique thermo-deformation applications.
  • For high quality prints for close viewing distances (< 1 meter), typical production speeds of 9 m² per hour at 720 x 720 dpi can be reached on flexible substrates.  For rigid substrates, speeds of 8 m²/h at 720 x 720 dpi can be reached.
  • Outdoor durability of up to two years, without lamination.  For fleet, floor graphics or other applications where prints are exposed to intensive mechanical stress or abrasion, lamination is recommended.

Availability

  • 220 ml cassettes
  • 440 ml cassettes
  • 880 ml bags (for ValueJet Hybrid only)
  • 1 litre bottles (for use in combination with Mutoh’s bulk ink system).

About Mutoh’s Bulk Ink System (BIS)

Mutoh’s BIS system was developed for speed-intensive, volume oriented users that require a high-volume ink delivery and refill system.  The bulk ink system can be easily mounted on top of the printer.

 

 

 

New EFI Ink co-branded for 3M™ MCS™ warranty

 

Vutek Gs5000r

EFI, a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, today announced a new ink for its VUTEk GS5000r five-metre roll-to-roll digital printer. With EFI’s new ink, co-branded with and qualified by 3M, output from the GS5000r, on 3M media, will meet the requirements of the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, the premier graphics guarantee in the industry. EFI VUTEk customers will be able to print the same applications they provide today, plus an extended range of applications offered by 3M’s materials, including long-term signage and fleet graphics, as well as reflective applications. The new ink is currently scheduled for commercial release in Q4 2010.

“EFI places a strong emphasis on making our customer’s business successful. As a result of the collaboration between EFI and 3M, this new ink set will help eligible customers create output covered by a best-in-class warranty, which will give our customers a differentiation against the competition,” said EFI President Fred Rosenzweig. “Adding a new 3M qualified ink set to our product portfolio is a great opportunity to showcase our strong partnership.”

“3M and EFI have worked together on piezo inkjet solutions since the mid-1990s. We are excited to announce this new ink as a result of our collaboration, as well as the extension of the 3M MCS Warranty to VUTEk GS5000r output produced with the new ink, 3M media, and applied according to 3M technical literature,” said Vice President of 3M Commercial Graphics Division, Bob Doughty.

The MCS™ Warranty covers defects in finished graphics’ appearance for up to four years outdoors, including discoloration, fading, cracking, peeling, and other defects that make the graphics unsuitable for their intended purpose and up to five years for vehicle graphics. These inks also come with an extended shelf life of 15 months. The new inks match the high standards of EFI’s current ink set in terms of adhesion and colour gamut, and are highly flexible with noticeably lower odour than other UV inks. Warranty-qualifying output will be shown in EFI’s booth (#413) at the 2010 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas (October 13-16), with side-by-side comparative samples.

 

Dublin City Council save 40% using 'REACH” Certified Triangle Inks

 

Dublin City Council Spire

As with many Councils around the UK and Ireland, Dublin City Council has faced major challenges in recent months trying to make cost savings whilst maintaining quality.  After some consideration it has installed Triangle Inks’ Digital Mild Solvent inks in its Roland Versacamm.

Dublin City Council realised that there were big savings to be made on ink cartridges by switching to Triangle Inks but its main priority was to ensure the quality it was getting from its original Roland cartridges was met. Josero, the sole distributor in the UK and Ireland of Triangle inks and its local dealer in Ireland, Trimwel Ltd, worked with the City Council to carry out rigorous tests to make sure the quality was up to standard.

Nick Little, Sales Director for Trimwel said, “We knew the quality would not be an issue as we have installed Triangle inks in many Rolands, Mimakis and Mutohs over the past year and we know our customer base is very happy. What we were really impressed with was the support from Josero. They sent their Director of Sales to Ireland to work with the Council to ensure everything ran smoothly and to manage the changeover. Triangle Inks has a simple approach to the way it sells its inks all over the world, which is quality at a competitive price. Trimwel has taken this approach and Dublin City Council is now making savings of 40%."

Triangle Inks became a REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals) pre-registered Green Business in April 2008. REACH Certification will become compulsory for all ink manufacturers in 2012 and this certification will ensure that all certified comply with strict rules to make sure their inks are environmentally friendly.

Director of Sales at Josero, Gareth McDonald, commented, “We’re delighted that Triangle inks has helped Dublin City Council to save money and hope that others will see the benefit of switching to a quality alternative ink supplier who will match the reliability and service provided by OEMs, whilst offering significant cost savings.”

 

Roland's Metallic Ink ups the Application Ante

 

Roland Vs Range

The introduction by Roland of its metallic ink into dedicated print-and-cut systems has been welcomed by companies wanting to extend their product offerings within the sign, display and specialist digital sectors. Both the original SolJet Pro III XC-540MT and the more recent VersaCAMM VS-640 have been designed and manufactured specifically to incorporate this important new addition, as well as white, making them integral and reliable elements within these wide-format systems.

Roland recognised that in order to remain competitive, its customers from all sectors needed to offer fresh and innovative ideas to their end users. The addition of wide-format print-and-cut solutions designed to handle metallic and white ink formulations has resulted in a new breed of applications which benefits from the broad palette of more than 500 vivid, glittering colours as well as a highly opaque white.

The first company to invest in the Roland VersaCAMM VS-640 was Reddhart Graphics, who signed the order immediately after this machine was launched in the spring. Purchased from Roland specialist reseller PrintMAX, this solution's metallic option was instantly acknowledged as being vital to the Essex-based print service provider's growth plans.

Reddhart Graphics supplies a broad range of print-related services, including offset litho, including a vast array of wide-format output ranging from point-of-sale materials, through displays and posters, to more unusual jobs such as guitar wraps. Managing Partner, Steve Hart, believes firmly that the compact and versatile print-and-cut VersaCAMM VS-640 was the right machine to drive his company forward into more innovative applications, with the addition of metallic and white inks adding to the high quality of its CMYKLcLm eco-solvent inks.

"The quality is pretty amazing," explains Hart. "And it's all the more so when you consider that it's coming from a 1.6 m wide-format printer. Some of our clients are especially sensitive to colour accuracy but the VS-640 satisfies them. We produce posters and point-of-sale graphics for make-up brands where skin tones and colour have to be spot on."

Unattended production has proved to be another bonus for Reddhart Graphics. The company can leave a job running with the knowledge that, when it is complete, Roland's integrated OnSupport system will send out an e-mail notification to a remote computer or mobile phone. This feature also reports status updates, such as ink-low warnings, as Hart confirms. "This is a remarkable development in my opinion," he says. "Overnight production is routine now; it really works wonders for us when we have delivery deadlines looming."

Another enterprising business to have gained instant rewards from the addition of metallic and white ink is Leeds-based Awesome Merchandise. Formed five years ago in a student bedroom, this company concentrates on the creation and production of badges, stickers, promotional items and displays and has grown to become one of Europe's largest producers of bespoke products.

Specialising in print runs from one-offs to hundreds of thousands, Awesome Merchandise uses a variety of creative techniques according to the type of job being produced. Whilst higher volumes are catered for using offset litho or screen-printing, the demand for smaller and personalised applications has driven the growing requirement for digital options. However, the installation of a Roland SolJet Pro III XC-540MT has also helped Awesome Merchandise by expanding the opportunities which can be turned into print.

"This new print-and-cut solution has helped us almost double our product range," claims managing director, Luke Hodson. "Its versatility and quality means we have been able to add many new products to our catalogue, including wide-format posters and billboards, custom-cut stickers and garment transfers."

Hodson opted for the 1.37 m Roland SolJet III XC-540MT not only for its metallic and white ink capabilities but, also, because it is an integrated print-and-cut machine. "This was our first wide-format purchase and, although there were cheaper options on the market, the Roland system was the only which really stood out," he says. "This investment means that we can be ever more creative in our offerings to customers and, in the future, we plan to open up new revenue streams, including vehicle wraps and graphics as well as point-of-sale applications."

Roland DG's technical director, Brett Newman, emphasises: "The use of metallics is here to stay and, with Roland technology, users are assured of absolute compatibility between printer and special ink formulations. These print-and-cut solutions are engineered specifically to accommodate both metallic and white inks to ensure that absolute consistency and quality are assured from the very first print onwards."

 

INX Digital has ECO solutions for SGIA

 

Inx Logo

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association's (SGIA) Expo always attracts a crowd and this year should be no exception.  INX Digital International Co. has recognized this and supported both the event and industry, introducing new products that are relevant and timely to specialty imagers.  INX Digital (booth #3249) will fortify its Gold sponsorship with the debut of two Green and environmentally conscious products when the SGIA Expo is held October 13-15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

SGIA will mark the North American launch of Triangle ECO inks and the Eco Bulk ink delivery system.  EDX is a new line of eco solvent inks and represents the first time INX Digital's Triangle brand has developed a colour and chemically compatible product for the alternative market.  The dual compatibility allows users to perform cartridge-by-cartridge changeover without wasting ink, and new colour profiles are not required in order to obtain the same colour as OEM inks when printing.  Designed for Roland printers with Epson DX4 print head technology, EDX is an extremely fast drying ink with low odour.  Both HAPS- and TAPS-free, it offers a significant cost savings compared to OEM eco inks.

Eco Bulk is a new type of ink delivery system and a prime example of INX Digital's long-term commitment to developing sustainable products.  As an integral part of INX Digital's Green recycling programme, it is easy to use and features a unique cardboard box design that consists of 100 percent recycled material.

Eco Bulk is comprised of one box instead of five, 440 ml cartridges, with the ink housed within a foil bag.  Once emptied, the bag is disposed of and replaced, a more sustainable approach compared to plastic.  The foil bag can contain up to two litres of ink, double the current industry standard of one litre packaging and resulting in less waste, but 440 ml cartridges will remain available for customers using less ink.  A test programme showed that more volume allows for greater consistency of the product being delivered through the network.