After market inks recomendation.
Ilford's Archiva inks are probably the most popular after-market inks for wide format inkjet printers. Now Van Son Holland Ink Corporation of America has introduced their own brand of inks for wide format inkjet printers. Staedtler is another popular ink company. DicoJet makes a great ink but one Encad user says the DicoJet ink clogged his Encad printheads quickly, especially the DicoJet yellow.
Since the older models of Encad NovaJet printers have open ink containers, just clean out the old ink and pour in the new ink.
I had already known the respected name of Van Son Ink Corporation from attending printing trade shows over the years. The name of Van Son brings with it the highest ranking of professional inks for the printing industry. At GraphExpo in Chicago it was quite clear that their new inks for digital wide format printers would be a great success.
Ilford did not exhibit at GraphExpo, so Van Son Ink had the entire market to itself for the tens of thousands of eager buyers. Van Son "ArtColour" inks offer to improve the visual DPI beyond the actual DPI rating of the printer. Van Son ArtColour inks work in printers from Encad, Epson, Hewlett Packard, Ilford, Kodak, Oce,and Xerox.
Just as soon as we receive some Van Son ink to try out we will show you the colorful results using all kinds of exotic images from Latin America. Our photo crew is busy in Guatemala getting images specially to show off nicely in wide format inkjet.
In the meantime we have heard about better results from Staedtler Inks. Staedtler is a large and experienced German ink company. The Staedtler inks are used worldwide. For USA, e-mail Linda Voge, [email protected]; if no response fax (818) 882 3767. For Europe and worldwide: e-mail Roland Weber, [email protected]
For additional information and for help making your decision, ask for the "FLAAR report on signs, posters, banners" (specify whether for indoor signs or outdoor signs in the rain and sun) or for the FLAAR report on "Piezo vs Thermal printheads, fact vs fiction, pros and cons of each kind of inkjet printhead." You can also ask for the report on "Media and Inks for Photo-Realistic and Fine Art Giclee," or "Media and Inks for Sign Printing with Large Format Inkjet".