The Wilflex Epic™ Rio low cure plastisol color mixing system is perfectly balanced for opacity and color accuracy for optimum performance on press, while giving the color vibrancy and aesthetics that the consumer demands. Colors are highly pigmented to produce vibrant and full color even when using fine mesh counts. The result? Less ink consumption, soft hand and excellent print detail. With excellent wet-on-wet printing capability, Rio eliminates expensive flash units and helps save energy with lower temperature curing inks.

Low cure inks are ideal for printers aiming to maximize energy efficiency and minimize occurrence of heat related defects. How do printers switch to low cure inks? The answer may lie in the curing process itself.

The Importance of Oven Profiling

Fabric substrate, color, thickness and ink deposit all determine different temperature profiles through the oven. For example, cotton garments will heat more slowly than polyester, and a lightweight polyester garment will heat more quickly than a double-sided polyester basketball jersey.

Check the ink temperature in the dryer often. Record and reference mapped dryer temperatures at various times of the day, during different months of the year. Inspect the cure at the beginning of each print run, and check the ink film temperature when using new chemistries of ink and new print parameters, such as high density or metallic printing.

How Do I Measure Oven Temperatures?

Maintaining a consistent temperature inside the dryer can be challenging depending upon the variables that can affect it, including ambient air temperature, humidity, uncalibrated equipment, varying belt speeds, substrate, variable ink thickness and specialty ink effects. Controlling cure temperatures requires the daily use of a digital thermometer for each production run.

Don’t Forget the Temperature of Flash Units

Over flashing or excessive temperatures during the flash process can diminish fabric integrity, cause scorching defects, dye migration or poor inter-coat ink adhesion. Therefore, flash the ink until it is tack-free, or nearly tack-free to the touch. Excessive flash times and flash temperatures can actually leave the inks tacky as the excess heat is re-melting the inks. Rather than increasing temperature to correct the issue, lower heat to reduce tackiness.

Wilflex Epic Rio Low Cure Inks

Epic Rio is designed using the latest pigment technology and formulated for superb color strength.  EPIC Rio is the most opaque color system in our EPIC line.  The increased opacity helps printers get to color quicker on press with fewer print strokes even when using fine mesh screen sizes, saving printers ink and money.  Opacity also means greater processing flexibility with mesh screen selection, print strokes and better direct print capability than ever before.

These inks are creamy from the bucket and stay consistent throughout the production run.  Whether you have a 30 or 5,000 piece run, EPIC Rio is press ready to gives consistent and exceptional results.  Designed for ease of printing on a manual press or larger production runs with an automatic press, printers will love EPIC Rio’s printability. 

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