Kao Collins offers solvent-based inks for printing services utilizing Thermal inkjet printheads (TIJ) and Piezo, Drop-on-Demand printheads. For TIJ users, solvent-based inks provide aggressive dry times and permanence onto difficult substrates that prove difficult for water-based solutions. The tradeoffs of formulating and using solvent based inks is maintaining acceptable decap times and color qualities seen with water based inks and, as a general rule, the more aggressive the ink is on the substrate, the more aggressive the ink is on the printhead.
In recent years, Kao Collins has created a robust line of solvent-based inks for TIJ technologies. The most recent chemistries are designed for printing on metals, plastics and other once impossible substrate applications for TIJ. This is a far cry from our patented Max inks that led the way as a break-through chemistry for aggressive inks used in industrial TIJ printing applications.
Solvent-based DOD Ink
Kao Collins offers general purpose, fast dry, and specialty formulations of solvent-based inks for use in Piezo printheads. Targeted substrates include everything from porous materials to PVC. Spot colors are also available, as well as an invisible (UV readable) formulation.
Solvent-based TIJ Ink
Our solvent-based TIJ inks allow customers to print onto difficult and challenging substrates that aren’t possible with water-based inks. Additionally, by continuing to create high-performing solvent-based inks, we’re expanding the capabilities of thermal inkjet technologies to include new applications such as Styrofoam, foils, varnishes, various plastics, and even glass.