03 Aug 2021

INX Digital introduces new multipurpose PDQ ink

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Throughout the years, Triangle Digital Ink was associated with producing innovative new ink products. Consolidated under the INX Digital International banner in 2009, the TRIANGLE brand continues to thrive today. The newest product to reach the alternative marketplace is PDQ, a multipurpose, high performance mild solvent pigmented ink that is considered ideal for super wide-format colour printing systems.

The PDQ inks offer tremendous colour gamut and great adhesion to multiple vinyl and banner stocks, including PVC-based substrates such as self adhesive vinyl (SAV) and banner prints. Designed for use in high resolution printers that have 32 to 42 picoliter (pl) print heads with a drop volume between 9-25 pls, these 4-colour CMYK inks provide stronger cyans, richer magentas, a jetter black and a true process yellow. Keeping with INX Digital's 10 year tradition of producing kinder products for the environment, PDQ inks are cycloxehanone free. While the company continues with the same quality control regiment that all of its inks are subject to, INX Digital has found more cost competitive pigments which are aligned with shorter ad campaigns and still boast up to one year of outdoor durability.

"This is a very good time to introduce PDQ, especially in the Latin American market," said Alex Garcia, Director of Latin America Business Development for INX Digital International. "These new inks show how our TRIANGLE brand continues to react and adapt to competitive market conditions, yet continues to offer the highest quality in the market. This gives end users one more tool to compete in today's extremely competitive markets. In Latin America, we are just around the corner from a large number of elections which require shorter advertising cycles and very competitive prices."

"PDQ will give printers many different options with TRIANGLE's huge portfolio of products. The pigment particle size is sub micron and the colour is computer controlled to guarantee batch-to-batch consistency," said Karla Witte, vice president of product development for INX Digital International. "These high performance inks work on Spectra, Xaar, and Ricoh print heads, and perform extremely well on PVC type substrates. We have kept the printer in mind and they will appreciate knowing PDQ is cyclohexanone free and with a reduction in odour."

 

X-Rite ships InkFormulation 6 and ColorQuality 6 Software

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X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in colour management, measurement and communication technologies, today announced the immediate availability of version 6 of its InkFormulation and ColorQuality software packages. Developed for ink manufacturers and printers who formulate their own ink, X-Rite's InkFormulation provides a fast, accurate and consistent ink formulation, formula creation, storage, approval and retrieval solution for offset, flexographic, gravure and screen-printing inks. InkFormulation 6 and ColorQuality 6 give ink suppliers and printers more flexibility over recipes and assortments, improve basic materials handling, automatically determines the right ink film thickness and helps to eliminate hazardous waste.  InkFormulation 6 and ColorQuality 6 are now also XRGA compliant.
 
Thanks to a sophisticated maths engine that provides better prediction of ink interactivity with substrates, InkFormulation 6 is able to rapidly calculate the optimal and most cost-effective recipe based on the printing process, ink, illumination, pigment pricing, and number of components and materials to be used. InkFormulation 6 helps printers and ink suppliers speed up the ink formulation workflow process (including liquid inks and special inks), with consistent, reproducible results on a broad variety of substrates and ink film thicknesses, including transparent films and metalised substrates.  It also increases colour accuracy, helping to meet colour specifications better than ever before.
 
With version 6's newly improved Basic Material Module, users can work with a variety of additives within one assortment, allowing them to change a single additive in a recipe without having to re-do the draw down or create a completely new assortment. The new enhancements of this module significantly simplify the handling of assortments and recipes, giving users more control over their ink database.
 
The new Film Thickness Calibration Module allows users to quickly and precisely determine the right ink thickness for flexo, gravure and screen-printing. Users no longer need to re-measure known recipes for different line screens or rollers and adjust the film thickness manually; they can simply enter the roller or screen volume as a parameter. The software will automatically calculate the required film thickness and apply it to the whole assortment.
 
InkFormulation 6 and ColorQuality 6 now both support the new X-Rite Graphic Arts Standard (XRGA).  Databases in both applications contain XRGA data, and data being imported from connected instruments will automatically be converted, if necessary.  Version 5 databases will be automatically converted as well when imported into version 6.
 
X-Rite's renowned Leftover Management feature, also included in InkFormulation 6 allows leftover inks to be reused in new recipes during the formulation process. InkFormulation provides recommendations on how to reduce the amount of leftover inks and allows for any surplus to be reworked into new formulations, reducing inventory and waste, lowering disposal costs and providing a rapid return on users' InkFormulation investment (typical ROI for spot colour printers, especially in flexo, gravure and screen printing is less than 6 months).
 
InkFormulation 6 offers unsurpassed flexibility of data exchange with networked databases and Internet communication features so ink suppliers and printers can efficiently share colour data with locations across the globe. The new version now also supports the latest generation of CxF (Color Exchange Format), the universal file format for colour communication, allowing them to accurately and unambiguously communicate all commercially significant aspects of their ink's formulation requirements. At each step of the process, colours are defined and stored as CxF files so that they can be seamlessly and faithfully exchangedbetween instruments and applications throughout the printing workflow.

Current users of X-Rite's Color Master software who choose to switch to InkFormulation 6 to take advantage of these new ground-breaking features will also be able to easily import their existing databases.
 
InkFormulation 6 also features a number of usability enhancements including: more flexible sorting criteria for recipes; direct and simplified substrate database access; a new Print Layout Editor to allow users to define and customise their print layouts (logos, images and labels can be inserted and printed to label ink cans and simplify inventory creation); a new 'undo' function to allow users to return to the preceding step within the formulation workflow rather than having to begin all over again; simplified user administration tools.
 
InkFormulation's advanced matching algorithms improve results, especially in highly opaque applications or when formulating for use on different substrates such as metallic foils and transparent films. Final colour correction is quick and easy, and can even be done on-press.
 
InkFormulation 6 now also features a digital library pack including the new PANTONE PLUS SERIES (C, U), PANTONE Goe System (C, U) libraries, the PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM (M) libraries and the HKS (E, K, N, Z) libraries. The libraries provide data for No-filter, Pol-filter, D65-filter and UVcut-filter (PANTONE libraries only) measurements.
 
InkFormulation is available in four versions:
 
InkFormulation PrinterBasic

A cost-effective system designed for small to medium sized printers. Users can easily and quickly formulate custom inks, working with a database supplied by their preferred ink manufacturer. Configured with an X-Rite Color Handheld device, this solution is ideal for the printers who previously could not justify having in-house formulation capabilities.
 
InkFormulation PrinterPro

Formulate custom inks without creating and maintaining a colorant database. You can import and work with colorant databases supplied by your preferred ink manufacturer. Includes ColorQuality software to guarantee precise measurement, continuous control, and consistent documentation.
 
InkFormulation Manufacturer

A full version of InkFormulation designed for the Ink Manufacturer, providing the ability to create, store and modify a colorant database. This allows users to build and maintain a complete colorant database featuring all the inks they use.
 
InkFormulation Online

A web-client solution for ink manufacturers and suppliers that allows their customers to access a centralised, easily-updatable database of ink formulation via the Internet. Printers who do not wish to install local ink formulation capability can easily access high quality ink formulation databases they can rely on for mixing and matching inks.

Sun Chemical to increase prices on inks and consumables in North America

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Faced with continued increases in the costs of raw materials and volatility in the global supply chain, Sun Chemical will raise prices on February 1, 2011 in North America by:

  • $0.14 per pound for sheetfed blending bases
  • $0.10 per pound for sheetfed blacks, whites and varnishes
  • $0.12 per pound for heatset process black and colour inks
  • $0.07 per pound for solvent-based liquid inks
  • $0.10 per pound for all white liquid inks
  • 5 percent for screen inks
  • 8-12 percent for heatset Pantone Matching Systems(PMS), fluorescent, metallic inks and overprint varnishes
  • 5-10 percent for silicones and washes, and
  • 5 percent for fountain solutions. 

For over two years, raw materials cost and supply instability have significantly impacted the ink industry. Non-traditional factors that began early in 2010 to impact the price of major feedstocks and raw materials continue, including: supply base consolidation and capacity curtailment, significant decline in refinery margins, and rationalised operating rates to meet diminished demand. The combination of these factors has led to the elevated costs on such raw materials as TiO2, rosin and polyamide resins, nitrocellulose, and many more.
 
"In some cases, such as for TiO2, we have seen the global capacity reduced by as much as 10 percent in three years, demand driven up, and raw materials for manufacturing TiO2 become tight," said Tony Renzi, Vice President of Product Management, Liquid Inks, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. "These factors have resulted in an increase in this raw material pricing of 15 percent in 2010 with another 8 percent increase announced for January 1, 2011. With the market's continued tightness, TiO2 is forecasted to increase another 6-8 percent quarterly in 2011. Factors like these for TiO2 and other raw materials have made it difficult to offset the rising raw material costs and unfortunately has forced us to pass some of these costs on to our customers."
 
"At Sun Chemical, we have worked and continue to work extremely hard to control our own costs as well as work closely with our supply chain partners to curtail cost, but it has not been enough to offset the drastic raw material price increases we have seen this past year across all our product lines," said Charles Murray, President, North American Inks, Sun Chemical. "We will continue to work closely with our customers to help them get the most possible out of their inks, and to develop new value oriented products and services that can help them grow their business despite this challenging marketplace."

Toyo Ink Acquires Additional Shares of Sakata INX

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Toyo Ink Mfg. Co., Ltd., primarily known in the LFP industry as the provider of OEM inks to a number of Japanese large format printer manufacturers, have announced that following a resolution, it has acquired an additional interest in Sakata INX Corporation, with whom Toyo Ink has capital and business ties.

Sakata INX themselves have previously been on the acquisition trail, having acquired or created joint ventures with alternative ink manufacturers Triangle and Megaink.

The acquisition was made on Dec. 10, 2010, with Toyo Ink acquiring 3 million shares of Sakata INX stock. The number of shares Toyo Ink held before acquisition was 7,536,000 shares, or 12.04 percent. Toyo Ink now holds 10,536,000 shares, or 16.83 percent.

Roland metallic silver ECO-SOL MAX ink wins Viscom Best of 2010 Award

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Roland DGA Corp. has announced that the company's Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink received the Best of 2010 Award at Viscom Frankfurt, held recently in Germany.

The award follows several prestigious industry honours for Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink including EDP and DPI awards.  It also recognises the innovative technology behind VersaCAMM VS and SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT wide-format inkjet printer/cutters and Roland VersaWorks RIP software which together optimise the ink's performance across a wide range of media and applications.

"All of us at Roland are honoured to receive this award," said Rick Scrimger, vice president and general manager of Roland DGA Corp.  "Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink allows Roland customers to differentiate their businesses by adding dramatic effects and premium value to graphics.  Users can print thousands of metallic and pearlescent colors for custom signs, banners, photographic reproductions, window graphics, posters, POP, labels, decals, decorated apparel, vehicle graphics and wraps of all kinds."

Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink is the industry's first metallic silver eco-solvent ink and produces metallic graphics previously only possible through screen printing, offset printing and hot stamping processes.  To meet a variety of business demands, Roland's metallic inkjet line includes 64," 54" and 42" VersaCAMM VS models and the 54" SOLJET XC-540MT.  VersaWorks RIP software is included in all models and features the Roland Metallic Color Library of 512 metallic spot colors.

Sepiax Ink Technology moves to new headquarters.

New Sepiax Hq

Sepiax Ink Technology, a member of the Gernot Langes-Swarovski Group and maker of the world's first digital print-on-anything water based, resin, inks, is moving its HQ to new premises in Austria.

To cope with increased demand for visits from dealers, equipment manufacturers and industrial clients, Sepiax has moved to new premises in Klagenfurt, Austria. This not only gives a larger premises for customer visits, but also moves Sepiax in amongst the hi-tech environment of the Lakeside Science & Technology Park in the campus of Klagenfurt University.

This science park is home to many "green" companies, with a focus on ecologically-sound, sustainable, products, designed to show a respect for our global environment. This location is perfectly in tune with the Sepiax business ethic.

Franz Aigner, managing director, says "We are excited by this move, it really takes us into a new and exciting location, with an academic history, and alongside fellow companies using high technology to benefit the environment. This, in conjunction with it being a beautiful place to work, with a view of Lake Wörthersee, and being close to Klagenfurt Airport, makes it a great place for our partners to visit."