Mimaki Engineering Co Ltd, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the sign/graphics, industrial markets and textile/apparel, announced recently its new generation of high solvent ink. This new ink has a lower odor and prevents media shrinkage due to solvent migration, and has enhanced colour reproduction by using a new light black ink.
There are two types of solvent ink on the market, one is high or aggressive solvent ink which features fast drying and strong ink bonding on the media. The other is a medium durability, environment friendly light or eco-solvent ink which does not include toxic substances like Cyclohexanone. Mimaki’s JV5 series can use both the high (aggressive) solvent ink: HS1 and the eco-solvent ink: ES3.
Besides vastly improving the work environment and health conditions, these inks dramatically reduces odor to the same level of SS21 ink which is used for JV33 series. Innovations like expanded colour gamut, improved magenta, a newly added light black ink, provides a smoother gradation and a more glossy finish. In addition to these attributes, shrinkage of media (especially thin self-adhesive PVC) is also prevented. Eco-HS1 ink is suitable for fleet graphics using thin self-adhesive PVC where prints are exposed to intensive mechanical stress or abrasion. Improvement in the permeability of the ink on the media due to residual solvents helps shorten job turnaround time from printing to the next job. UV and water resistance is further enhanced by an improved yellow ink.