Different types of printers and print jobs require different types of ink. As a result, there are several types of printing inks available, for example solvent-based, water-based, digital as well as UV inks – just to name few of them. All of them contain similar ingredients, but the type of raw material and also the quantity vary depending on the print method.
Pigments are used in order to create visual effects and color impressions. Solvents enhance the flow characteristics of the ink to ensure optimum processability. Binders, on the other hand, keep the pigments equally dispersed and bind them to the substrate’s surface. Finally, additives change the ink’s physical properties to suit different situations, e.g. promoting adhesion or increasing scrub resistance. Click on the button below to learn more about ink ingredients and related fields.