The low-viscosity inks require no heating in the printhead before use, enabling manufacturers to develop simpler, lower-cost ink jet printing systems for UV ink jet technologies. Commercial printers and converters using these high-performing inks gain the flexibility to print on a wide range of heat-sensitive substrates such as plastics, films, foils, metal sheeting and paperboard.
“Digital printers and printer manufacturers are increasingly turning to UV ink jet technologies to meet customer needs and expand into new markets,” said Dr. Ken Stack, president of Jetrion. “In formulating low-temperature UV inks, Jetrion is helping printer manufacturers reduce time-to-market of new products by reducing the design complexity of their UV ink delivery systems.”
The six-color, pigment-based inks were developed using the proprietary chemistries of Flint Ink’s UV ink formulations and Jetrion’s own in-depth knowledge of ink jet inks and digital printing technology. They deliver enhanced runnability, adhesion, fade-resistance, and color gamut, while providing effective curing under a range of UV lamp alternatives. In addition, the low viscosity of these inks promotes better adhesion to non-porous substrates, making them ideal for such applications as printing billboards, films, metallic containers and even decorative printing.
“Using low-temperature, low-viscosity ink jet inks also creates significant production efficiencies for end-users,” added Dr. Stack. “These inks offer good stability, longer running times and reduced gel formation in the printhead, helping prolong the life of ink jet printing systems.”
Jetrion’s low-temperature UV ink jet inks are the first in a series of UV ink jet inks to be introduced based on its low-viscosity technology platform. Currently, high-performing formulations are available for Xaar and Konica printheads, with a Spectra version in development.