The development of ink technology has led to a rat race. Every kind of ink has its advantages and disadvantages. The proper ink used in proper digital printers will help in giving the best printing solutions. This article will discuss the difference between eco solvent ink, solvent ink, and UV ink, as well as occasions when they are applicable.
Eco solvent ink
Eco solvent ink is eco-friendly biodegradable which comes from ether extracts taken from refined mineral oil, better call it light-solvent or mild-solvent ink. With a relatively low VOC content and little odour, Eco-solvent ink is ideal for both indoor and outdoor graphics and other forms of signage, even usable in an office environment as long as there is adequate ventilation.
Eco solvent ink is a form of the non-water based ink that is made from ether extracts taken from refined mineral oil. As the name suggests, it’s environmentally safe and biodegradable. Fast drying, wide color gamut and less VOCs, making it ideal for billboards and other forms of indoor&oudoor signages.
“Strong solvents” or “full solvents” ink is the oil-based solution, containing the carrier fluid, pigment, and resin. With a high content of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), the greatest application is printing products to be used outdoors. Commonly-used in many parts of the world due to cheap, durable, waterproof and scratch-resistant.
This is the recent greenest printing technology. It involves the use of UV lamps to dry or cure ink as it is printed. No VOCs released that means not harmful to the environment.
It is very fast as there is no waiting, drying ink on contact. And you don’t need to apply costly coatings to protect against smears and rub-offs. It is good to try this new trend in printing technology.
- Outdoor durability: UV ink (3-5 years) > solvent ink(2 years)> eco solvent ink (1 year)
- Environment-friendly: UV ink( no VOCs) >Eco solvent ink(low VOCs content)> solvent ink( high VOCs content)
- Price: UV ink > Eco solvent ink> Solvent ink