Media-Use---EPIC-Rio-Hero1PolyOne has launched non-phthalate Wilflex Epic Rio, a new color mixing system for textile inks.

The new inks are based on cutting-edge pigment technology and have been formulated for excellent colour strength, reports the company. They an offer extended color range of 18 finished ink mixing components and are said to deliver a “perfect balance of color accuracy, vibrancy and opacity for peak press performance and color design.”

The Epic Rio system also has full Pantone approval. Kevin Romine, Wilflex product manager, said, “Epic Rio’s colour matches to Pantone colour standards are spot on, and they strike a perfect balance between colour vibrancy and opacity. These new inks will allow textile screen printers to improve opacity and really up their game on colour design because the increased colour accuracy and strength add a significant ‘wow’ factor.”

PolyOne also suggests that new Epic Rio, which is the most opaque color system in the Wilflex range, can help screen printers save ink and money by achieving colour on press quicker, even with fine mesh-counts. The company says that the inks’  increased opacity “offers greater processing flexibility with regard to mesh screen selection, print strokes and direct print capability, all while maintaining accuracy to Pantone color standards.”

The inks are described as “creamy and smooth right out of the bucket”, and remain that way throughout both long and short production runs. They are designed for ease of printing on a manual press without tiring the press operator, and are also appropriate for larger production runs with an automatic press. PolyOne adds that Epic Rio, “performs well over a wide range of mesh sizes and press parameters, so printability for either manual or automatic textile screen-printing is outstanding.”