Printer inks are inks manufactured particularly for printers. The quality of printing depends on the type of ink, type of paper as well as the type of printer used. The grade of ink is reflected in the excellence of the final product.
Printer ink is made from a mix of dyes or pigments, distilled surfactants, de-ionized water, biocides and fungicides, buffering agents, humectants and resins. These combinations be sure that the ink produced matches the product quality specification of OEM ink. Dye or pigment of the particular type and quantity is utilized, as well as the surfactant helps with balancing the paper wetting and surface tension. Resins ensure paper adhesions and humectants minimize evaporation.
Printer inks can be dye based or pigment based. Dye based inkjet inks are brighter in color and will produce sharp quality printing. They’re stable and is stored for long amounts of time. Among the drawbacks of dye based inkjet inks is because they are slow in penetrating and often require around 10 secs for drying. Because the drying time is long they frequently often blur. However pigment inkjet inks are light, fast, waterproof and fade resistant. In addition they dry much faster than the dye based ink and therefore are more suited to color ink since they prevent blurring. They also have lower toxicity levels than dye-based ink. One of the major goals with the inkjet ink manufacturers would be to develop ink which is durable, fade resistant, and waterproof and possesses the opportunity to print on any media.
Printer inks should be checked for compatibility with the cartridge while purchasing as they are not generic and may only be used in the cartridges they may be manufactured for.