Printech Archives, September 1997: Re: Automatic Mixers for Colored Ink

Re: Automatic Mixers for Colored Ink

Carol Andress
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 14:33:16 -0400

Despite Goerge's caution, I encourage interested printers to contact Roger.
As George correctly notes, the shop is small (less than 10 employees, like
the vast number of print companies), but he is not a copy-shop and has had
good results with an unconventional method.


Quick answer on Carol Andress' info...

I can imagine that a small volume copy-shop type printer might be able to
get away with blending inks himself using a kitchen mixer, but for most
printers, who are fanatic on their quality issues, this wouldn't be an
acceptable method. Inks are usually milled extremely finely to assure a
smooth even texture as well as complete blending of the components. While
it looks pretty simple, printing ink is a fairly complex compound with
numerous ingredients combined in very precise amounts.

George Frantz MA/OTA



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