Epson’s new HDK Black ink has been developed to help manufacturers produce high-quality, mass-production textiles quickly and consistently, while keeping costs low. Created primarily for dye sublimation textile printing, the ink helps to produce deep, neutral blacks and dense shadows.
Phil McMullin, sales manager, ProGraphics, Epson (UK) Ltd, says: “Epson realises how important it is for our customers to keep their overall printing costs down. Our new HDK Black ink uses less ink to create dense, neutral blacks which reduces overall ink consumption, allowing users to cut costs further.”
The ink is the latest addition to the Epson UltraChrome DS ink set developed for use with Epson’s SureColor SC-F Series of textile printers. Optimised for use with Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP print heads, it produces vibrantly coloured images with intense blacks and excellent light/wash-fastness and abrasion/perspiration resistance, explains Epson. The new SureColor SC-F9200 dye sublimation printer also features high-capacity ink tanks for longer, uninterrupted print runs and less time spent replenishing inks – ideal for high-volume textile printing.
The water-based, or aqueous, UltraChrome DS inks are ecologically sound and, when applied to polyester fabrics using Epson’s SureColor SC-F printers, pass the requirements of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for human ecological requirements of Class 1 products for adults, children and babies up to 36 months, which specifies testing criteria to reduce the presence of harmful substances within a textile product.