Featured in the new SureColor P7000 and SureColor P9000 printers, data accumulated to date indicates that - depending upon the type of paper - the new inks can provide print permanence ratings of up to 200 years for color prints, and likely in excess of 400 years for black and white prints when printed with Epson’s Advanced Black and White Print Mode.
According to comprehensive tests conducted by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. (WIR), the world’s leading independent permanence testing laboratory, Epson UltraChrome HDX pigment inks can provide up to twice the Display Permanence Ratings of earlier generations of Epson UltraChrome inks with most Epson photo and fine art papers, including the new line of Epson Legacy Fine Art Papers.
These new permanence test results also apply to the previously announced eight-color Epson UltraChrome HD inks featured in the Epson SureColor P600 13-inch and SureColor P800 17-inch printers, as well as the new Epson SureColor P6000 24-inch and SureColor P8000 44-inch printers.
The permanence of displayed prints created with new UltraChrome HDX and HD inks far exceeds that of the very best silver-halide color (chromogenic) papers - including silver-halide color papers that are face-mounted to UV-filtering acrylic sheet. The result is a new level of color print permanence for the fine art, museum, documentary, portrait/wedding and commercial photography markets that have been relying on silver-halide color papers for their customers. The enhanced display permanence ratings of the new Epson UltraChrome HDX pigment inks set a new benchmark that the comparatively low-stability chromogenic dye images of traditional silver-halide color papers simply cannot deliver.
Prints made on Epson fine art photo papers and canvas with the new UltraChrome HDX pigment inks are expected to have WIR Album and Dark Storage Permanence Ratings in excess of 200 years, with many of the papers expected to achieve a rating of greater than 400 years in dark storage; the prints exhibit high resistance to atmospheric ozone; have very good water-resistance properties; and the pigment images are extremely resistant to damage caused by storage or display in high-humidity environments. In addition, preliminary data from ongoing tests indicate that, depending on the specific paper, WIR Display Permanence Ratings for black and white prints made with both the UltraChrome HDX and HD inks using Epson’s “Advanced Black and White Print Mode” will likely exceed 400 years.
“We strive to produce the most advanced photographic printing and ink technologies that will inspire photographers to print their art,” said Mark Radogna, group manager, Epson Professional Imaging. “Utilizing ten newly developed high-stability pigment inks - cyan, light cyan, magenta, light magenta, yellow, orange, green, black, light black, and light light black - our latest Epson UltraChrome HDX ink set used within the new Epson SureColor P7000 and P9000 printers offers professionals an incredible tool to produce collectible works of art capable of lasting for many generations. It’s the ultimate way to preserve the legacy of any artist.”