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printech, November, 2000
Re: PMS savings?


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From:Mike Ukena(mukena@gte.net)
Date:Fri, 17 Nov 2000 06:35:01 -0500


The major ink companies in both graphic and textile screen printing offer systems that allow companies to utilize their leftover ink. These systems are relatively new and are designed to work with their color matching system inks. If your printer used inks that were not part of a matching system there is no software that can be used to help work it off. However, with that said, I would recommend that they try to implement a system for all future ink matching. The company I work for, Union Ink, which mainly makes textile inks is in beta testing of a "workoff" software right now. One of my plans is to document the savings that several different printers are able to acheive by using this feature. To my knowledge, there are no good documented studies yet on the possible savings. The systems are just too new. My own feeling is that the savings could be quite substantial. And, the amount saved will be directly proportional to the size format of a shop's presses. The reason being that it takes a certain amount of ink to "wet" a screen. At the end of a job there is at least that amount left. For instance, a printer with a 23x31 screen size might need a pint of ink to wet a screen whereas a printer with a 42x60 screen format may require a half gallon of ink to wet a screen. As for the old inks, any inventory workoffs are going to take a talented color matcher with good knowledge of the inks. The cost of some graphic screen inks is high enough though, that it may be worth the effort. They also need to be careful about compatability between inks systems and even brands. If they did not document well when they mixed originally, they would be asking for trouble. Unfortunately, I see this situation all too often. Sorry for the dreary review, but at least the future is bright on the matching system front. Mike



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