OKI Data Americas (Irvine, Texas) has announced that its wide-format ColorPainter series of printers has earned an ICS Performance Guarantee from Avery Dennison that “guarantees ColorPainter graphic output for up to 7 years.” The program launched in the North American market and will expand globally to other regions, said OKI. With durable print solutions for wraps and wide-format signage, OKI participated in Avery Dennison’s rigorous solution performance evaluation process.
The Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions technical team performed extensive durability testing and declared that graphics printed from a ColorPainter printer using OKI’s IP5-22x and IP6-22x SX low-odour, eco-solvent inks for the E-64s, M-64s and H3-104s, plus Avery Dennison’s top-of-the-range MPI 1105 SuperCast Series media, were guaranteed for 7 years when laminated with Avery Dennison’s approved overlaminates, or 5 years when images are protected with a Nazdar 3539 screen-applied clearcoat.
“The ColorPainter printer series and OKI’s low-odour SX inks were designed to provide sign and graphics shops, wraps professionals and commercial print houses with the quality, durability and reliability necessary to impress and retain customers,” said Tomohiro Ikeda, Deputy General Manager of the Wide Format Division at OKI Data Americas. “We’re pleased that Avery Dennison acknowledged ColorPainter’s formidable combination of ink and printhead technologies with its ICS Performance Guarantee, offering ColorPainter users – especially those producing fleet graphics – another level of assurance in their graphic output.”
In addition to its durability testing, Avery Dennison conducted tests with OKI inks to determine best practices for using overlaminates on printed graphics. The tests found that the necessary pre-lamination outgassing period for ColorPainter printers and their SX inks is 8 hours when properly ventilated, one-third of the 24-hour industry standard for solvent printers.
“Avery Dennison’s findings further demonstrate the difference OKI’s ColorPainter printers make for our print service providers,” said Lou Stricklin, Director of Marketing Communications for OKI Data Americas. “In addition to providing industry-leading durability and partnered warranties to match, ColorPainter printers provide 66% faster outgassing times than the solvent-printer norm.”
OKI’s ColorPainter series’ high production speeds and 8-hour drying times allow for quick lamination and provide sign shops with decreased production times and increased productivity. Backed by the Avery Dennison ICS Performance Guarantee, ColorPainter printers with SX eco-solvent inks “offer outstanding print quality, durability and media compatibility to enable print shops of any size to provide additional quality and assurance to customers,” OKI added.