Graphics One, LLC (GO) launched the SEPIAX Ink in the Americas at the ISA show. Using water based resin, owners of printers with Epson printheads now have a revolutionary ink solution, without having to invest in a new printer or utilize specially coated substrates.
Establishing an innovative new digital ink standard, SEPIAX prints on virtually any substrate whether coated or uncoated—truly the first "direct-to-anything" ink. Even more astounding, the ink is water based and environmentally friendly, yet can be used for both indoor and outdoor imaging. Lasting up to three years outdoors without any lamination, SEPIAX ink offers a color gamut nearly identical to OEM ecosolvent inks with pigments which provide excellent lightfastness.
Specifically developed for printers using EPSON piezo printheads, SEPIAX ink works with printers from Mutoh, Mimaki, Roland and EPSON. Working in a similar manner as UV-curable ink, SEPIAX ink employs heat fixation so the ink is fixed on contact with the substrate. Unlike toxic UV-curable inks, SEPIAX contains no hazardous monomers. In addition, the standard preheaters on Mutoh, Mimaki, Roland and some EPSON printers are capable of heating most roll materials to the required temperature with no added modifications. SEPIAX ink adhesion rivals that of eco-solvent ink and since the ink cures on the substrate surface in a manner similar to UV-curable ink, ink usage is typically between 30-50 percent less than standard OEM ink.
SEPIAX Ink is one of the greenest ink offerings available, with the majority of the liquid being water. The ink is environmentally friendly, is non-toxic, is non-flammable and is odorless. SEPIAX was recognized recently by the European FESPA show for its environmental leadership and product innovation.
"In all my years of being involved in the large format imaging business, this new development is probably the most exciting change which I have seen in our industry. This product will literally cause a major shift in the way in which substrates are used. It is a game changer. All a user has to do is preheat the substrate and print it—Heat It. Print It," said Dan Barefoot, president of Graphics One. "SEPIAX Ink is a true green ink and when combined with other environmental friendly products, will lead the industry transition to ecologically responsible printing."
SEPIAX Ink is available immediately from Graphics One channel partners.