Monthly Archives: August 2018
As print service providers endeavour to expand products and services to include wide format support, more sophisticated offerings are becoming available at their clients’ disposal. From the use of more advanced ink technologies (such as Mutoh Eco Ultra Ink and Canon Lucia Ink) to increase substrate variety and on-demand printing options, the future remains bright for the large format printing market. Endless possibilities continue to emerge, ranging from point of purchase to retail ready packaging to ad specialised and personalised UV table top printers, broader medium choices and the demand for durable ink and better print finishing.
To meet these demands, printer and ink manufacturers continue to develop products and technologies that help keep the industry competitive in the face of fierce digital media competition. Developments in ink technologies continue to keep large format printing relevant as an industry and as an advertising format. Printer and ink manufacturers play a big part in such causes. In this post, we’ll take a look at two of the large format ink technologies that show great promise in upholding the quality and appeal of large format printing.
The Canon Lucia Ink
For a while now, Canon Lucia Inks have been a staple for Canon’s image PROGRAF 12 colour printer lines. These printer units are specifically designed for fine art and photographic printing applications, hence the series’ 12 colour printing technology. One of the most important things to know about the Canon Lucia Ink is that they are pigment-based instead of dye-based inks, the difference being that pigment inks are essentially made up of liquid suspended microscopic solid particles as opposed to water-soluble dye inks that get absorbed by paper/canvas fibres. This makes pigment inks more durable than dye-based inks and the Canon Lucia Ink is ideal for applications such as fine art reproduction, professional graphics and photography, large format printing and many more. This is thanks to its wide colour gamut, expressive blacks, smooth gradations, better scratch resistance, reduced bronzing and improved adhesion to different types of substrates.
The Mutoh Eco Ultra Ink
This wide-format ink is known for its exceptional durability, the Mutoh Eco-Ultra Ink is built for unbeatable quality, resistance and endurance under the harshest of outdoor conditions, making it ideal for use in the production of outdoor graphics. Eco Ultra inks are designed for bright and vivid prints, while ensuring quicker drying times and zero fumes and odour during use. If you want prints that can stand up to the most aggressive outdoor conditions and elements, Mutoh Eco Ultra Ink durability is hard to beat.