Ink it with O2

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One of the crit­i­cal nu­ances in large for­mat dig­i­tal print­ing has been the use of inks; the com­plex­ity be­ing that dif­fer­ent printer heads are com­pat­i­ble with dif­fer­ent inks, which is some­thing of a chal­lenge. Aron In­ter­na­tional elim­i­nates this com­plex­ity by in­tro­duc­ing the new O2 ink. Read on to know more about the O2 so­lu­tion. Cur­rently in the In­dian dig­i­tal print­ing world there ex­ists dif­fer­ent printer heads like ECO, XAAR, Kon­ica which are com­pat­i­ble with dif­fer­ent kinds of inks. Till now, there hasn’t been one uni­ver­sal ink which can make the life of print ser­vice providers eas­ier. Ad­dress­ing this gap, Aron In­ter­na­tional, Delhi-based dis­trib­u­tor of high-qual­ity me­dia and inks, launches a new kind of ink which will work on all types of heads. “I al­ways had a be­lief that there must be an ink, which will be use­ful for all kinds of heads. When I used to dis­cuss this thought of mine with my sup­pli­ers, they never be­lieved me. Then we went to Hong Kong and spoke to the in­dus­try and there they said it was pos­si­ble to have one ink for all heads. Ink is made up of two things i.e. sol­vent and pig­ment and you mix both of them. It also needs to be set at a par­tic­u­lar den­sity. We wasted around 10 thou­sand liters ink while set­ting it up at a par­tic­u­lar den­sity be­cause we wanted it to be ac­cu­rate. Even a sci­en­tist (chem­i­cal engi­neer) was in­volved in the process and who helped us a lot in mak­ing the ink,” nar­rates an elated Navneet Gupta, Direc­tor, Aron In­ter­na­tional. Thus, the so­lu­tion came in the form O2 ink, a sol­vent ink de­vel­oped by Aron In­ter­na­tional in Hong Kong. Af­ter a rig­or­ous R&D of around one year and test­ing O2 on ev­ery printer’s head, print­ing five thou­sand ma­te­ri­als dur­ing test­ing, and spend­ing more than Rs 2 lakhs, O2 came into be­ing. “We have ar­ranged its den­sity in such a way that all heads start work­ing with a same ink. O2 ink works on 35 Pico liters, not less than that whereas each head works on dif­fer­ent Pico liters. All heads that are avail­able in In­dia are costly but to be on the safer side every­body uses the costly inks. How­ever, this ink is not costly, like the oth­ers but it has many ben­e­fits. For ex­am­ple, it doesn’t al­low any block­age in the ma­chine. It also saves ink as this ink needs to be purged only twice in a day whereas other inks need purg­ing many times in a day. The price of O2 ink is Rs 550 per liter and oth­ers sell those spe­cial­ized ink at around Rs 1,100. We have kept the prices quite low be­cause of com­pe­ti­tion and we are very sure that no­body can beat this price. This ink is used to make flexes, vinyl’s and sol­vent op­tions,” highlights Navneet. Ex­plain­ing fur­ther he says, “An­other ad­van­tage is that this ink, when com­pared to other sol­vent inks, is much more eco-friendly as it does not create harm­ful fumes, thus re­duc­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of cancer in work­ers.” Aron In­ter­na­tional has al­ready sold about 30,000 liters of ink since July. They are sell­ing the ink both through the deal­ers’ net­work and di­rectly. The com­pany plans to cap­ture the XAAR cat­e­gory and aims at in­creas­ing the heads life by 6 to 8 months

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