Specialty Ink Systems unveiled Uvijet OX - its latest high-performance ink set developed exclusively for use with the new Inca Digital Onset X HS UV flatbed series.
The Uvijet OX ink will initially be available as a six-color CMYK Lc Lm set and will enable the new Onset X HS to print on an extensive range of rigid plastic media at high speed with maximum adhesion, cure speed and quality.
"The launch of the new Uvijet OX ink set marks what we at Fujifilm believe to be a milestone in ink development for the inkjet industry – a high-performance specialist ink with the strongest adhesion to the widest range of challenging rigid plastic substrates," said David Burton, commercial director, Fujifilm Specialty Ink Systems. "This adhesion is achievable even at the highest 'single-cycle' speeds of the new Onset X HS, without an impact on the quality of the finished print.
"Fujifilm has worked closely with the team at Inca Digital throughout the ink development process," Burton added. "Our challenge was to develop a completely new UV ink technology that would dramatically increase adhesion to a range of rigid substrates, but critically, without compromising on the robustness, reliability and quality the Onset X printing platforms are known for."
The new Uvijet OX ink features a unique technology that makes use of a specifically weighted monomer blend. The blend's key qualities include particularly low shrinkage when polymerized and inherently low polarity. These two factors combined offer excellent wetting properties both before and after polymerization, providing exceptional adhesion at the interface between the plastic media and ink.
The enhanced adhesion properties offered by the OX ink enables printers to move away from printing on PVC media and towards polypropylene and polystyrene.
"We believe the combination of the Uvijet OX ink set and the Onset X HS platform represents the most powerful, high performance, wide format inkjet system in the industry and once again sets a new standard in terms of quality, productivity and versatility," Burton said.
"The print industry continues to evolve at pace and our challenge at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems is to continue to play a key role in defining where the industry is going and help printing companies to diversify and expand their offering to meet all the challenges and opportunities the market presents," he continued. "The launch of the Uvijet OX ink set and Onset X HS is a great example of what is possible when two industry leaders work together as trusted partners with a clear, coherent and consistent vision for the future of print."