Dimatix, Inc. - 8/1/2006
Dimatix's Spectra Printing Division Certifies New Ink Formulations
Spectra, a leading developer and manufacturer of piezoelectric printheads has Certified new ink formulations
from Inkware, a division of EFI, Sericol, a division of Fujifilm, and SunJet, a division of Sun Chemical. These ink
formulations are extensively tested with specific printhead configurations under the auspices of Spectra's Ink
Certification Program. These Ink Partners are leading global developers and suppliers of inkjet inks for industrial
and commercial printing applications.
These newly Certified Inks range in type from solvent-based to ultra-violet curable. They are designed for
use in display graphics, packaging and other digital, high speed, printing applications requiring an extensive
color pallet, good adhesion and efficient ink drying and curing characteristics.
Spectra's Ink Partnership Program brings proven formulations and capabilities to integrators of Spectra printheads
through key strategic partnerships with world leading chemical companies. Spectra's very strict program criteria
ensures that its Ink Partners are technically competent with excellent analytical capabilities and tools, proven
manufacturing capabilities, and formal quality control systems. Ink Partners are subject to ongoing review and
audit by Spectra.
Under this program, inks are rigorously and extensively tested, both internally and in the field, to ensure optimal
printing performance and maximum printhead life. Certified Inks meet a comprehensive suite of test requirements
defined by Spectra. These include material set compatibility and sustainability testing to make certain that inks
do not damage printheads and perform well when used and maintained in the prescribed manner.
Ink Partners work in close collaboration with Spectra to develop solutions and provide customer-focused
problem solving. As testimony to the success of these efforts, Spectra now offers an industry leading, 18-month,
comprehensive warranty when customers use Certified Inks which are only available from Spectra Approved Ink
"The choice of Certified Ink is always the preferred solution when identifying an ink formulation or ink provider,
as Spectra cannot warrant that other inks will perform in a consistent and reliable manner. It is impossible to
predict what long-term effects non-certified ink formulations will have on printhead reliability and overall jetting
performance. Through our intensive collaborative efforts with our Ink Partners, users can be confident in their
choice of inks and that any technical issues that might arise will be acknowledged and resolved through our
mutual efforts," said Bob Rosenblum, Chief Operating Officer of the Spectra Printing Division.
"Inkware offers a total solution and works with companies who embrace this concept and want to continually
offer the best printing systems for their customers. Offering inks that are certified by Spectra is part of this solution.
Together, we provide the printer manufacturer and their customer with a solution that will keep the printer running
more with less downtime," commented Scott Schinlever, General Manager, Inkware, LLC.
"Uvijet Versa is a general purpose UV ink that forms part of a wide portfolio of UV and solvent-based inks offered
by Fujifilm Sericol. The certification of Uvijet Versa is part of an extensive ongoing development program with
Spectra, which supports the continuing aim of Fujifilm Sericol and its partners in supplying effective solutions to
the print market" stated Keith Nixon, Business Development Manager - Graphic OEM, Fujifilm Sericol.
"SunJet is proud to continue its lengthy relationship with Spectra by announcing the Certification of another
two Crystal UV cure ink families: UFE and UDG," said Peter Walshe, SunJet's Business Development Manager.
"UFE and UDG are formulated in a wide range of colors and offer our customers the ability to print numerous
substrates, yet achieve a high degree of flexibility. In addition, Crystal UVV Varnish and URW White have recently
achieved Certification. UVV allows effective highlight and coating of images and URW has the ability to print
white images and provide a high opacity background for colors on clear substrates. Certification is an important
stage in confirming that each ink family has been thoroughly tested and performs to the highest standard in a
given Spectra printhead, giving the best possible assurance to our mutual customers."