Latex ink has several advantages over solvent ink
Latex ink has several advantages over MuBIO bio-solvent ink:
A namely a substantial team of experienced engineers who have built an entire program around the future potential of latex ink. It is also nice to see new technology developed around a thermal printhead (which documents that thermal printheads do have potential when compared with piezo heads). HP Latex Ink event at HP-Scitex in Israel, attended by Professor Nicholas Hellmuth.
What can HP latex inks handle? Are they only for billboards and banners? What about vehicle wrap?
At SGIA '09, there were more questions than answers. The heading above abbreviates some of the questions. So this is the next phase of my project, to learn, from site-visit case studies in actual printshops, what HP latex ink can truly accomplish. This is crucial since at SGIA ‘09 the manufacturers and distributors of eco-solvent printers began asking pointed questions about everything that perhaps latex ink might not accomplish. These kinds of questions are logical when a disruptive technology suddenly appears. At ISA 2010 the static (the critique) about latex ink had increased, as more end-users “bought into” the green solution but found that merely being labeled as green did not necessarily produce a system that was realistic in a printshop that needed to constantly satisfy new clients who might ask for special applications that require innovative substrates which can't take the 100 degree Centigrade curing temperatures of HP latex ink.
Kodak and Agfachrome and Fujichrome did not embrace digital photography when it first came out. And, the first digital cameras in the 1990's were so immature they did not last very long (FLAAR kept with darkroom film to 1996; since then we moved to the vanguard of advanced digital photography, as you can see on our www.digital-photography.org).
Clearly eco-solvent and mild-solvent still offer features and performance that has advantages. And equally obviously latex ink offers other benefits. Not many people would claim that one is perfect and that the other is unusable. But the question is to approach this from a neutral perspective that is fair to both sides. Here FLAAR has an advantage since we have over 411, 000 readers in the area of solvent and UV (and a million readers still interested in water-based printers for photography, giclee, textiles, and indoor signage).