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May 1, 2005 12:00 AM
Versatile oil-based ink
Van Son Holland Ink Corp. (Islandia, NY) introduces Quickson PRO, a new oil-based ink designed to work on any size press for any application. Quickson PRO offers good ink and water balance and sets quickly with a variety of fountain solutions. The ink can be coated inline with aqueous coatings or offline with UV coatings, and it will film laminate. It is laser safe after 48-72 hours of curing time, and is available in process and 16 Pantone colors packed in 2.2-lb. cans.
See www.vansonink.com. or call (800) 645-4182.
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Making a convincing case for print
Sappi Fine Paper (Boston) is best known for coated fine papers such as McCoy, Lustro, Strobe, Opus, and Somerset. The company recently launched a campaign to showcase print’s ability to communicate, reach mass markets and increase brand awareness.
Sappi’s "Life With Print" brochure features interesting examples of print’s effectiveness in campaigns for Altoids, Columbia Sportswear, Mini Cooper and Boeri. Boeri, a small manufacturer of helmets, relied almost exclusively on print to increase brand awareness and sales to outdoor snow enthusiasts. Its print campaign helped Boeri capture 65 percent market share—it is now the No. 1 brand in the snow industry.
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Print matte and gloss in one pass
Kustom Group’s (Richwood, KY) Strike-Thru combines a matte and gloss finish produced in a single pass. It’s based on the incompatibility of dull varnish and a gloss aqueous coating. The gloss protects the sheet and, as it dries, allows the matte to show through.
An early test site, Stevenson, The Color Company (Cincinnati), reports quicker turnaround times with savings of 15 to 20 percent. Aside from giving a piece more pop, Strike-Thru lets users create the look of matte stock on a cheaper No. 2 gloss-coated sheet. The Hennegan Co. (Florence, KY) has used the product on automotive brochures and annual report covers.
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Countless colors for less
ECP (Exact Color Print) from Petzold Concept GmbH (Gernsheim, Germany) is a spot and metallic color system said to practically eliminate the need for special colors as well as reduce the cost of spot-color printing. All of the 4,200+ colors, metallic and pearl tones currently included in the system can be reproduced using CMYK, silver and gold inks. The entire spectrum can be produced on four- to six-color presses. ECP requires no additional colors or inks to obtain a larger color gamut. Colors can be ordered online.
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Stochastic inks; water-based & UV coatings
Sun Chemical’s (Northlake, IL) commercial printing inks division, Kohl & Madden, has 36 facilities across the U.S to serve sheetfed, flexo, UV and digital applications. Its products include XX-TREME Process Series, said to enable excellent stochastic printing; World Series, an environmentally friendly ink for use with virtually all sheetfed presses; and K&M Brite, a hybrid ink and coating system that offers high gloss without changing blankets, rollers, plates or fountain solution.
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UV inks for cold offset web printing
Flint Ink (Ann Arbor, MI) announces the introduction of ArrowLith UV inks, the first UV ink system for color coldset web applications. Commercial coldset web printers can print full-color, high-volume newspaper inserts, Sunday sections and other special projects in-house on coated and supercalendared stocks.
ArrowLith UV inks are formulated to produce faster cure speeds. Images reportedly have no rub-off, marking or streaking and adhere well to high-end coated substrates. The high solids content eliminates pressroom VOCs.
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Small-batch paste ink dispensing
INX International (Elk Grove Village, IL), in cooperation with GFI Innovations (Gurnee, IL), developed the self-contained offset paste lithographic (OPL) automated small-batch ink dispenser. The dispenser reportedly costs thousands of dollars less than pump systems and requires significantly less space.
OPL lets users get on press quickly with precisely formulated colors in small batch amounts. The system automatically dispenses up to 16 color components in individual formula amounts as small as five grams. Each OPL unit is about 11 ft. long and four ft. deep and can be installed in minutes.
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Mixing and measuring ink
QTech Business Products (Jewett, NY) introduces an extra resolution/low-cost ink mixing scale, the X-RES, in 3- and 12-lb. capacities. The 3-lb. capacity will read to 0.0001 lb. and is ideal for establishments needing to mix small quantities of ink. The 12-lb. capacity will read to 0.0005 lb. and is intended for those who need to mix up to a gallon of liquid ink.
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Industry’s first eco-solvent white ink
White Eco-SOL INK from Roland DGA Corp. (Irvine, CA), allows for printing white graphics onto a broad range of transparent media substrates. It can be printed on both coated and uncoated transparent media substrates and is virtually odor-free.
Eco-SOL is available as an option for the company’s 54-inch-wide SOLJET SC-545EX integrated printer/cutter.
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Enhanced UV inks
Vutek (Meredith, NH) has developed a new generation of Enhanced UV inks in eight colors that offer excellent color gamut, matching ability and adhesion to difficult substrates such as untreated Styrene and Coroplast, as well as greater consistency from print to print. The inks provide greater reduction in striping, networking, etc. They have been developed and optimized for the PressVu UV family of UV flatbed printers.
Vutek also introduces a new magenta ink called Greater Gamut Magenta, allowing for lighter/cleaner reds. The ink allows PressVu printers to match even more Pantone colors and print nearly 20 percent faster in eight-color mode.
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This is grand
Lyson’s (Elk Grove Villiage, IL) GF line of grand format solvent inks are formulated to run with a range of GF print technologies. The inks have a shelf life of up to 18 months and a print life of up to three years without lamination.
Lyson also introduces bulk ink for the Mimaki JV3 line of printers. Advantages include improved fade and scratch resistance, 100 percent color compatibility with printer components, up to three years outdoor display life and OEM color-matched inks—eliminating the need for profiling in 95 percent of production applications.
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