Ink companies and so-called pseudo-ink companies talk about their products, advertising them as clog-free, drying faster, matching the standard manufacturer (OEM) inks, well-filtered and light-fast. The truth, however, is that most of these companies are no more than resellers who don’t know anything about their product. When trouble appears, the cost savings of their ink disappears.

When you buy from AIS, you’re buying from the manufacturer and designer. Our lab technicians are always testing inks, both ours and 3rd party, for consistency, color, and structure. So if you have an ink that is giving you trouble, contact us and we’ll test it.

Most third-party inks that we test claiming to match the OEM inks don’t actually do so, making profiling essential. We offer free custom profiling for anyone purchasing our inks.

To the credit of most pigment manufacturers, we often find their inks to have decent light resistance, though many don’t have temperature stability. With the AIS UltraMax inks, you get both.

Clogging

Many companies claim that their inks are clog-free. They cite various methods for filtering their ink to incredibly small particles. Well-filtered ink is excellent, but many of these are filtered with the wrong kinds of filters simply for the sake of advertising these tiny particles, some as small as .2 microns.

Even so, no ink is clog-free, as all inks are susceptible to drying out when not in use for long periods or when used in dry climates. We help people every day with their clogging issues on Epson and other inks. Read here for more on our support for clogged inkjet printers.

Inks that dry fast are a double-edged sword. While that ink is great for the media, it can mean clogged heads on your printer. Striking a balance between these two extremes is important in a quality ink.

Inkjet Ink Technology

As the development of inkjet print heads have progressed with finer and finer ink droplets, the need for superior ink technology has become a must.

Digital inkjet inks are comprised of a number of elements, including colorants, glycols, humectants, resins (binders), surfactants, and proprietary elements.

With the rise in interest for higher gloss inks, there has been an increase in the resin content. These types of inks, like the new Epson K3, tend to dry faster. When the resinated pigment dries, it forms a hard solid structure, which can cause nozzle blockage.

At AIS, we spent a great deal of effort testing inks in various printing conditions, including letting a printer sit for weeks in a dry atmosphere. We know that not everyone prints in the same or even ideal temperature and humidity conditions. We sell an amazing amount of cleaning fluid to customers that have clogged nozzles using inks from the printer manufacturers as well as other third party ink companies.

After months of testing, we formulated a new ink comprised of three very special chemicals, an exceptional resin, a superior suspension agent, and a unique chemical called Flo-Guard. This revolutionary formula increases flowability, maintains a wetting between the pigment and resin, thus allowing the inks to perform in myriad conditions. It increases the time the ink can sit on the shelf and most significantly, allows for higher pigment loads for richer, highly saturated inks. 

One of the most difficult inks to maintain stability on is magenta. Our formula has maintained complete stability for over 3 years.

Testimonials have come in from users of both our dye and pigment inks structured with our Flo-Guard formulations.

We make several types of cleaning fluid with Flo-Guard for different purposes. There response to our technology has been overwhelmingly positive. Do not underestimate the importance of cleaning fluid for your capping station.

I was asked by American Inkjet Systems, Inc. to beta test a new magenta ink called Magenta 27. I was asked to allow my printing room to drop in temperature as low as 60 degrees. I am please to report Magenta 27 flows extremely well, dries well, does not clog easily, and is extremely rich.

Giles Prett, Crane Paper Company