Novus Imaging UV-LED cure inks offer several advantages over traditional UV cure and latex inks. The specially formulated UV-LED ink and lamps allow the user to print and cure at faster speeds and lower temperatures enabling the ability to print on heat-sensitive substrates that other ink types would not be able to. In addition the UV-LED inks provide superior adhesion to many substrates that traditional UV and latex inks have difficulty adhering to.
Novus UV-LED inks provide gamut boosting colors like red, blue and orange along with white. Other benefits of UV-LED cure include no IR radiation, instant on/off of the lamps eliminating the need for shutters, environmentally friendly, no UVC or ozone, no heavy metals (mercury), and a longer lamp life.
As with all Novus Imaging inks, tight manufacturing specifications ensure consistent quality batch after batch. Suitable for both rigid and flexible substrates.
UV28 is an ultra-low energy UV curable ink specially formulated for NOVUS printers to provide high performance, trouble-free printing and extremely high flexibility.
UV29 ink is a specially formulated UV curable ink for use with Coroplast and other challenging materials without the need for adhesion boosters. UV29 is again an ultra-low energy UV curable ink specially formulated to provide high performance, trouble-free printing.
As with all NOVUS IMAGING inks, tight manufacturing specifications ensure consistent quality batch after batch. UV28 and UV29 inks offer an expanded color gamut, long-term outdoor durability, superior adhesion, and extremely low maintenance requirements. Both UV ink types use the latest technologies available to provide full cure properties at very low energy levels. Suitable for both rigid and flexible substrates, UV28 and UV29 inks expand the substrate choices for printers due to less heat being applied to the substrate during printing.
One of the questions asked during the sales cycle is the ink cost per square foot. This question is very difficult to quantify as every image is different. Heavy dense images will use much more ink than a light flesh tone image. To help demonstrate the real ink costs involved, we ripped and printed on each of our printers the images illustrated in the printer ink costs PDFs using Caldera GrandRIP at the stated sizes and default profile. We then used the RIP software to determine the amount of ink used and the respective ink costs per square foot.
True greyscale inkjet printing has a marked ink usage improvement over conventional inkjet printing in that it uses the smaller drop sizes to adjust the lower tones. But the one thing that it does not improve a great deal is heavy dark fill areas. These areas are going to require a finite amount of ink to fill them and even though the small drops can be used to change the gamut, the amount of ink used will be very similar. To get a true comparison, a standard target print with light, medium and dark areas should be printed using both systems and then compared.