Ink formulation software, spectrophotometers can be used to remix inks.
Catherine Diamond, Associate Editor07.29.15
Citing a need for a streamlined way to reuse leftover inks, X-Rite Inc. has recently completed a case study to demonstrate how ink formulation software and spectrophotometers can be used to "remix" inks. Remixing inks, the company said, enables companies to reformulate the inks to fit specific new jobs, thereby reducing the costs associated with leftover inks.
According to X-Rite, it takes both considerable time and skill to mix these so-called waste inks for a new job. Losses from waste inks that are simply discarded can add up to a significant sum for a medium-sized printing operation. Sometimes printing companies will recoup some value from the waste inks by mixing them together to create a dark gray-brownish color that can replace the black component for black-toned colors, especially in the yellow-reddish spectrum. Because the mixed ink isn’t as valuable as its constituent inks, only some money is recovered.
Richard Gray, application manager at X-Rite, said t
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