Following its launch of new technological platforms at PRINT ’09, INX International Ink Co. (Booth 2512) is taking it to the next level at GRAPH EXPO, adding new inks, equipment, and systems to Evolve Advanced Digital Solutions.
A year ago INX previewed a prototype of the CP100 UV digital can printer, which now headlines the Evolve Advanced Digital Solutions brand line. Designed for short-run cylindrical printing and packaging work, the CP100 cost-effectively produces brilliantly printed items such as aluminum cans and water bottles in minutes, notes INX.
The printer is a key part of integrated systems technology platforms to provide solutions for inkjet printing, production workflows and material handling. Additional Evolve products include the MD660 UV digital flatbed printer and NW100 UV narrow web printer. The brand also features solvent, UV-LED-curable, aqueous and thermal and oil piezo inks for printing on vinyl, paper, corrugated, plastic, fabric, glass, metal and other exotic substrates.
The MD1000 UV flatbed printer quickly and inexpensively delivers real-metal sample proofs in minutes for the short-run production of decorative tins, general line containers, and aerosols. Not only available to metal decorators, it offers quality over 1200 dpi at 150-to 220-feet per hour on a wide variety of rigid and flexible media.
INX is also displaying environmentally friendly designed inks. Sheetfed process system inks EcoTech and EcoPure conform to ISO 2846-1 standards and are suitable to GRACoL G7 certification. These inks are joined by the energy curable product line, including Fusion hybrid inks, INXCure FTP EB inks, World Class Low Migration inks, INX Cure UV Web, INXFlex UV Flexo, and specialty inks and coatings.
The INXCure LED series of ink showcases the company’s commitment to innovation. Recently demonstrated at IPEX, the sheetfed LED series is proven to offer superior print quality and cure response, even under demanding conditions. The INX Research & Development team continues to work with manufacturers of LED UV light systems in optimizing both the light source and ink as this technology becomes commercial. The demand for energy curable specialty inks will continue as UV/EB products increase productivity, offer improved physical properties, reduce costs and meet environmental compliance.
Learning how digital products can help commercial printers is the driving force behind a series of education sessions INX offers as part of its seminar schedule. Company experts provide insight with various presentations on LED lamp technology, ink systems and Xaar printheads for integration, and grayscale calibration, including G7 methodology. The latter session presents the benefits of grayscale calibration as it pertains to traditional and digital printing, and also discusses how to utilize spectrophotometry and LAB readings for better process control.