Consider Earth-Friendly Eco-Solvent Inks

As your customers’ and the industry’s attention continues to turn toward sustainable and eco-friendly print options, and with Earth Day right around the corner, it’s a good time to consider eco-solvent inks. Epson’s UltraChrome™ GS3 ink offers an alternative that addresses those concerns while also providing the print speed, durability and excellent color precision you demand from your solvent printer.

The new technology offered in Epson’s GS3 inks solve one of the biggest annoyances of solvent-based printing: the 24-hours needed for out-gassing. These inks will dry quickly and allow printers to add lamination when needed on the same day. And while the production speed of the Epson SureColor S-Series printers are a huge benefit for high-run projects, the GREENGUARD Gold certification adds another major benefit: Environmental responsibility.

GREENGUARD Gold is a nationally recognized certification that ensures that the tested product is safe to use in sensitive environments like schools and hospitals because they emit low chemical emissions while also complying with the State of California’s Department of Publish Health Services Standard Practice for Specification Section 01350. This gives designers and architects an edge to earn credits toward a LEED Green Building Rating — a big help when choosing canvas wrap materials and wallcoverings. The UltraChrome GS3 inks also meet the French-VOC A+ Class criteria for low chemical emissions.

Because Epson’s GS3 inks meet these stringent requirements, there is also no need for special ventilation or air purification required when operating the Epson SureColor S-Series printers.

“We’ve heard more and more from our print service provider customers that eco-friendly is in high-demand,” says our OEM product specialist, Shauna Malgieri. “I expect to see more sustainable products to come from our manufacturing partners this year, so stay tuned!”

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Vote Early, Vote Often (for LexJet) in the Readers’ Choice Top Product Awards

Best inkjet products of 2012The election season is not quite behind us yet with the announcement today that voting is now open for Wide-Format Imaging magazine’s Readers’ Choice Top Products Awards.

Vote for products that have caused excitement in the industry and have been a valuable asset to our business over the past year, such as these LexJet products, which have been nominated as 2012 Top Products…

Sunset Fibre Rag 335g was designed for photographers and art reproduction companies looking for the high-end air-dried look and feel on a 100 percent cotton rag base for printing with the latest aqueous inkjet technology from Canon, Epson and HP. It has a subtle gloss finish and a very subtle textured surface with no optical brighteners, though it has a very bright neutral white point.

Sunset Production Matte Canvas was developed as an economical yet high-quality and consistent inkjet-printable canvas for larger production runs. Engineered for the latest inkjet printers, it is a bright-white, water-resistant 100% polyester matte canvas with the look and feel of a traditional 2-over-1 weave for all types of art and décor applications. It also works flawlessly with coatings like LexJet Sunset Gloss Coating and LexJet Sunset Satin Coating, either sprayed or rolled on.

LexJet Poly Select Blockout Fabric is a 14-mil bright-white polyester fabric with a blockout layer that provides 100 percent opacity. Compatible with aqueous and latex inks, the fabric lays flat, minimizing edge curl and making it easy to work with in production. The water-resistant coating provides exceptional imaging quality with a wide color gamut and higher ink saturation for rich, brilliant, eye-catching color.

You can vote from now through Feb. 15 for products in a variety of categories, from wide-format flatbed printers and wide-format media, to laminating equipment, inks, RIP software and scanners. Go to to vote, and keep an eye out for LexJet’s products under the Fabric & Textile and Fine Art categories.

Winners will be announced at the ISA Sign Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, April 3-6, and will be featured in the April issue of Wide-Format Imaging magazine.