03 Aug 2021

InkTec Europe launches brand new website with iPOD competition

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Leading ink manufacturer InkTec Europe has launched a brand new website to provide information on InkTec’s range of large format consumable products. The site, www.inktec-europe.com is customer-focused and designed to give the consumer all the product and technical information they may need, as well as the chance to keep up-to-date with all the latest news and products from InkTec.

Marketing Manager Tristan Park says, “The website is designed to be a one-stop shop for current and potential InkTec consumers to quickly find out any relevant product information they require. InkTec ink users will soon also be able to download free ICC colour profiles from the database that we are currently building.”

The site is now live and to celebrate the launch, InkTec Europe is giving away one IPOD TOUCH and three IPOD NANO’S to the winning names which are drawn from their free-to-enter competition on December 3rd.

To enter the competition, simply visit the site: www.inktec-europe.com and follow the instructions. But be quick as the competition closes on December 3rd.

Third generation mild solvent ink set from Mutoh

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Wide format inkjet printer manufacturer Mutoh Belgium nv announces immediate availability of a new set of CMYK mild solvent inks, called MS Ultra, for its Blizzard, Spitfire 65/90 Extreme and Spitfire 100 Extreme printers.  This third generation Mutoh mild solvent ink will increase productivity through more efficient printing.
“Our new MS Ultra inks have been tuned specifically to our Spitfire Extreme and Blizzard printer families, offering the highest level of image quality and printer reliability”, comments Arthur Vanhoutte, President of Mutoh’s European Operations.
“They offer excellent stability and ensure uninterrupted printing for extended periods.  Compared to our existing Mild Solvent and Mild Solvent Plus inks, the new MS Ultra inks will provide printer users an even wider media compatibility and a higher performance in number of square metres printed per hour.  They also have a longer shelf life (18 months), require less maintenance - once a week - and last but not least, do not require daily printing, as typically is the case when using mild solvent inks.  The new inks are available for both new printers and for installed-base printer users”, Vanhoutte concludes.
The new MS Ultra cyclohexanone and NMP free inks are offered in safe and easy to use 440 ml ink cassettes and bulk ink bottles of 1 litre.  For typical sign images (720 x 720 dpi) with an ink coverage of 67 %, ink cost amounts to 0.92 €/m² .  The inks are suited for indoor and outdoor commercial print applications.  Outdoor UV durability is rated up to 3 years, without lamination. For heavy-duty applications involving mechanical stress, lamination is recommended.
Using a unique ink chemistry controlling the drop size on the media, the Mutoh MS Ultra ink offers a wide media compatibility across the broadest range of self adhesives as well as other flexible substrates.  MS Ultra will give photorealistic prints as the printed dots will have perfect dot quality, even at the highest carriage speeds.  The inks offer an excellent colour gamut and gloss preservation.  Typical high quality banding-free production speeds of up to 16.5 m²/h (Spitfire Extreme 65); 36 m²/h (Blizzard 65) and 42 m²/h (Spitfire 100 Extreme) can be obtained.
The new MS Ultra inks will be marketed all over Europe, the Middle East and Africa through Mutoh’s network of authorised resellers.
Mutoh’s Bulk Ink Refill System (BIS)
The MS Ultra 1 litre ink bottles can be used in combination with Mutoh’s bulk ink system (BIS).  Mutoh’s BIS system was developed for speed-intensive, volume oriented users requiring a high-volume ink delivery and refill system.  The bulk ink system offers unattended printing options along with minimum user intervention (easy to refill, even during printing).
Each bottle can provide 1.2 litres of ink to the bulk feed cassette before requiring a refill.  Each bulk feed cassette incorporates a floater level adjustment to accurately set the proper ink fluid pressure to the print head.
Mutoh’s ink refill system can be easily mounted on top of the printer.  No extra footprint is required.  As such, the system will save space and will not disturb the operator during the print jobs.
Mutoh’s i² Intelligent Interweaving (i²) Technology
Dedicated “print weaves” for the new MS Ultra inks have been integrated in the Spitfire and Blizzard printer firmware to deliver impeccable print results all the time.  Mutoh Intelligent Interweaving technology delivers a drastic reduction or even total elimination of horizontal banding, step mismatch banding and the visible effects of missing or misfiring nozzles.  The result is a consistent and predictable output quality.  Moreover, Mutoh’s award-winning and so far unrivalled i² print technology will avoid trial and error printing and therefore reduce media waste.

INX International makes inroads with EVOLVE advanced digital solutions

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INX International Ink Co. and INX Digital International Co. have successfully introduced the EVOLVE branding concept to help traditional printers and converters evolve to digital printing with industrial inkjet systems. A comprehensive effort at a number of industry trade shows took place in the last several months to roll out a full range of resources, including integrated systems, chemistry, parts, services and consulting, that are being utilised to help support printers as they transition to new levels of production excellence.

The EVOLVE concept was developed to assist conventional impact printers with the integration of digital inkjet printing into their company's capabilities. EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions is made possible through consultation and, if suitable, the development of technology, equipment, ink and support. Whether a company wants to integrate digital technology into its existing operation or explore digital capabilities for the first time, INX stands ready with products, technologies, systems and services to help evolve to new levels of production excellence.

"EVOLVE is a concept that will help our traditional customers make the transition into the digital world," said Rick Clendenning, President and CEO of INX International. "We see EVOLVE as an opportunity to introduce new technologies and opportunities to our customers. Digital technologies such as our CP100 UV cylindrical printer can help them expand their portfolios, giving them some new capabilities to develop niche markets."

"These customers want to go digital. They have the need and the will, and our job is to help them succeed," said Ken Kisner, President of INX Digital International Co. "EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions will promote the wide array of high quality products to help our customers make money. Our expertise is in ink, but we have developed software and machinery for specialty applications and we can make customised inks to meet our customers' needs."

INX Digital's experience with innovative design and development of inkjet systems can provide customer-driven solutions for inkjet printing, production workflows and material handling, and inkjet print engines and printers as standalone products or for customisation and integration into existing printing operations. Digital provides operational flexibility for a host of manufacturing and niche capabilities including wide format, super-wide, narrow web, UV flatbed, pre-press and others. From textiles, wall coverings and flooring to folding cartons, flexible packaging and cylindrical printing, EVOLVE Advanced Digital Solutions covers it all.

INX Digital also makes customer-driven ink and coating solutions designed for every type of digital printer and print-head technology. This includes solvent, UV-curable, UV LED-curable, aqueous, and thermal and oil piezo inks. Its uses cover a large universe of large-scale exterior and in-store media such as POP, billboards, building wraps and fleet graphics to packaging. The company will offer solutions for printing on vinyl, paper, corrugated, plastic, carpet, fabric, cylinders and other unique substrates.

For short-run digital prototype packaging and production, EVOLVE was recently used to introduce the NW100, a new high-speed, single-pass UV LED-curing narrow web printer at Labelexpo 2010 and the new MD1000 UV flatbed printer at Graph Expo.

Xennia launches high performance metallic ink

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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

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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

 

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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.