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Absolute Black Ink
Absolute Black ink for making screen separations
Using specially developed, high density UV absorbing dyes, the i2i Absolute Black ink provides superior light blocking performance. Regular pigment inkjet inks are not ideally suited to blocking light. The reason for this is that they don’t easily ‘film form’ to provide complete coverage of the printed area which can cause ‘pin holes’ in the cured polymer during the screen exposure process. i2i Absolute Black ink completely film forms and covers the film with no holes present. This means that screens can be exposed for longer during the exposure process to provide better polymer curing. Another drawback of the original pigment inks is that they are easily scratched when the film is removed from the screen after exposure, and so the film can often be used only once – frustrating if a job need to be re-printed in the future. The i2i Absolute Black ink bonds well to screen positive films and is far more scratch resistant, so films can be kept for re-use later – a big cost saving plus for repeat order print jobs. Print speeds are also limited when using the original pigment inks as the printer has to print at high resolution (and therefore a slow speed) to lay down a high enough ink coverage for the screen positive making process. The superior film forming and light blocking characteristics of the i2i Absolute Black ink means the printer can now be set to print at a higher speed to increase productivity.
Asbolute Black ink runs on all Epson Pro wide format models. A modified version, Absolute Black T Series, is available for the Epson SureColor T Series range.