Dye Ink versus Pigment ink
Even if we benefit from the services of o a new printer or the ones of some used printing machines, in both cases their use will require one and the same thing. Ink. The ink must be compatible with the rest of the equipment.
In some instances, at least in case of the used printing machines they were first produced and long time after that some compatibility tests were made, in order to determin if the ink used at that time coulf function on this type of equipment.
Today, the biggest producers first launches a type of ink, and following the printers themselves can be executed according to the characteristics of ink, for there could be doubt about the proper functionality of the product itself.
In case of indor printers for photos, documents and images are being used on a large scale two types of water-based ink, the DYE inks type (dye ) and pigment type inks. In order to determine wich one of them is better for our printer, maybe we should knou a few thing abaut the two of them before making a proper investment.
The characteristic of the ink is mostly related to how it is disposed on the material to be printed. The way it flows, its adhesion and how it is done drying over the coated surface are the defining features of the ink. The chemicals used, the additives, and the type of colorant (dye or pigment) can make a clear difference betwen a type of ink or another.
In the last period the Dye ink became the most widely used, because of its major benefits. The printers using this type of ink render the colors and the images in much higher quality parameters because the excess water is removed by heat and pressure, so that the printed image will not be in any way alterated. Dye type ink is more effective than the pigment ink, is much stronger, and it last longer.
The colors are much stronger and much closer to reality. Also, the Dye ink can be used on porous substrates, but in this case there is a slight problem regarding using this type of ink on unpermeable material or on extremely bright or fine surfaces. The cost for this product are lower than the pigment based ink, maybe as a justification for this disadvantage.
On the other hand, unlike Dye ink, the pigment ink can be used both on indoor or outdor environement. Although it is more expensive and the printing process runs slower (because of the defining characteristics of the used ink), the documents printed in pigment ink are more durable and more resistent. They are more suitable for environements with high humidity or UV radiation. In this case, the benefits come from the fact that the pigment are solid particles, overheaded in ink, that are encapsulated in a protective layer.
Pigment ink tends to dry much faster then the Dye ink, but the Dye ink has a much larger spectrum of colours, mainly due to the possibility to mix the colors before printing, in order to obtain the desired color. Some of the printing machines are especially designed for the intended use of Dye ink or pigment ink. In other cases, both of them can be used on the same printer. Even so, we have to be certain of our decision, so that our product can function properly.
If your printing machine does not suport one of the types of ink mentioned, you can find more models on the market. The newest may have a higher cost, so that a pretty good idea would be the purchasing of an used one fron an online market such as http://allforprintmarket.com/. Here you can find the desired printer, compatible with the type of ink chosen, among a wide range of other equipment such as copiers, printers or office accesories.
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