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Color-Logic Silver Inks Suited for Offset


WEST CHESTER, OH | Color-Logic says its BEST Offset Silver Ink, developed for use with the Process Metallic Color System, is rapidly finding broader use in sheet-fed offset pressrooms around the world. 

Ink is said to print at a very thin ink film thickness (density) that is at least 50% less than conventional metallic silver ink—permitting better control on press and significantly cutting down on ink usage. Company says using the new ink produces big cost savings on most jobs due to reduced metallic ink consumption, adding that unique formulation enables the silver to retain its luster after aqueous or UV coating, varnishing, or lamination. Ink is also said to have excellent intercoat adhesion and can be used for blister pack applications and foil stamping.

Discussing the characteristics of the ink, Color-Logic chief technical officer Richard Ainge says, "[The] BEST Offset Silver Ink was so-named because it incorporates four attributes not normally found in metallic inks. It offers printers Brilliance, Economy, Special Effects, and Trapping. Because of its ability to trap process inks printed over it, our ink permits graphic designers to produce myriad colors and special effects when using [our company’s] Design Suite software. The ink also does not pile on press and prints more cleanly than conventional silver inks, with a typical target ink density of 0.35–0.40 Status-T [0.60 to 0.70 Polarized], ensuring great ink mileage."

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