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JOURNAL OF IMAGING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Volume 49, Number 6, November/December 2005

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· Volume 49, Number 6, November/December 2005
Color and Lightfastness Performance of Different Epson Ink Sets
Veronika Chovancova
, Paul D. Fleming III
, Paul Howell, and Adam Rasmusson
Center for Ink and Printability, Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
The development of high performance ink jet printers and inks is advancing rapidly. Presently, manufacturers seem to introduce
their new technology inks to the market on an almost daily basis. Chemists in the ink laboratories are still fighting with the
issue of combining the wide gamut of dye based inks and the lightfast and weather resistance qualities of pigment based inks
into their new age ink formulations. Simply, the evolution cannot be stopped! Three different ink jet printers and inks were
investigated in this work: the Epson Stylus®
Pro 5000, using a dye based ink set, the Epson Stylus®
Pro 5500, employing Archival
ink technology, and the Epson Stylus®
Photo 2200, with 7-color UltraChromeTM inks. A number of different commercial and
experimental substrates were sampled. Printability tests were carried out to test and evaluate ink/printer/substrate interac-
tions. Particle size analyses of the three ink types were investigated. Color gamuts and ICC profiles for each of the different
printer/ink/substrate sets were compared. In addition, the accuracy of each printer's color profile was investigated. The results


Source: Abubakr, Said - Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging, Western Michigan University


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