Roland DG’s Texart SBL3 dye-sublimation inks have become the first from the manufacturer to be awarded ChromaLuxe certification for UV resistance.
The certification was granted after the inks were tested for quality and durability by printing transfer graphics onto US-based ChromaLuxe’s EXT UV-resistant photo panels. ChromaLuxe also extended the certification to include a two-year warranty for the inks on photography-based output, and a three-year warranty on signage.
Texart SBL3 inks are available in standard CMYK, as well as eight-colour configuration which adds light cyan, light magenta, orange and violet. They are designed to work with Roland’s Texart family of dye-sublimation printers: the RT-640, the October-launched RT-640M and XT-640.
Roland DG media centre business development manager Jeroen Kooij said: “The ChromaLuxe certification is confirmation of the strong universal performance of the Texart SBL3 inks for both rigid materials and textiles. Proof of a successful end-user focused partnership of two global market-leading companies.
“Besides being a quality brand, it’s also giving Roland DG, its dealers and its customers the confidence to invest in ChromaLuxe EXT panels and Roland printers with SBL3 inks.
“Roland DG is constantly innovating and developing on many levels; such as inks, hardware, software and applications. This was the first time Roland SBL3 inks were tested and certified for this application by ChromaLuxe.”
SBL3 inks are designed for applications related to fashion, interior decoration and signage using transfer sublimation onto textile and direct-to-textile techniques, as well as transfer sublimation onto rigid materials.
The water-based, fast-drying inks contain a high concentration of dyes with the intent of reducing ink usage while retaining vibrancy.