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What Symphonic UltraMaxII Inks can do for you?
You will be able to produce rich brilliant long life Inkjet prints for less cost. You have the support and help of a knowledgeable team. When you buy from us, you buy from the manufacturer and designer, not a repackaging company. Our technology offers custom profiles for all of our customers free of charge. Our profiles will offer you superior results.

UltraMax II will dispel the stigma of third party inks. While it will save you a great deal of money, and is much more wallet-friendly than Epson, HP, and Canon, it is not a cheap ink. So, if you want cheap, don't call us, but if you want the best at a great price with incomparable results and the most comprehensive technical support, this is for you. Ask about our profiling support.

Ink cost per square foot: HP and Canon $1.60, Epson's $.65 Symphonic ink, less than $.30.

To understand the different ink sets of UltraMaxII go to the below link:

Inkjet Ink Technology:

As the development of inkjet print heads have progressed with finer and finer ink droplets, the need for superior ink technology has become a must.

Digital inkjet inks are comprised of a number of elements of which there are colorants whether pigment or dye, glycol's, humectants, resins(binders), surfactants, and proprietary elements. 

With the rise in interest for higher gloss inks, there has been an increase in the resin content. These types of inks, like the new Epson K3, tend to dry faster. When the resin pigment dries it forms a hard solid structure which can cause nozzle blockage, and therefore, become more difficult to unclog. 

At Symphonic Laboratories, we spent a great deal of effort testing inks in various printing conditions, including letting a printer sit for weeks in a dry atmosphere. We know that not everyone prints in the same or even ideal temperature and humidity conditions. We sell an amazing amount of cleaning fluid to customers that have clogged nozzles using inks from the printer manufacturers as well as other third party ink companies.

There are two most important areas in the making of Pigment ink.

  1. The pigment dispersion, which is the raw pigment made into a liquid, must be ground so that the particle distribution is evenly produced and is small enough to pass through the nozzles. If not produced properly even our most powerful cleaning fluid will not unclog a head.
  2. The ink must be filtered to no more than an absolute 1 micron. This assures proper particle distribution and any foreign matter is removed from the ink.  Here again we have found inks improperly filtered.

After months of testing we formulated a new ink comprised of two very special chemicals, an exceptional resin and a unique chemical called Flo-Guard. This revolutionary formula increases flowability, maintains a wetting between the pigment and resin, thus, allowing the inks to perform in a myriad of conditions. It increases the time the ink can sit on the shelf and most significantly, allow for higher pigment loads for richer highly saturated inks. 

One of the most difficult inks to maintain stability on is Magenta. Our formula has maintained complete stability for over 3 years.

Testimonials have come in from users of both our Dye and Pigment inks structured with our Flo-Guard formulations.

We make several type of cleaning fluid with Flo-Guard for different purposes. There have been countless positive responses from our technology. Do not underestimate the importance of cleaning fluid for your capping station.

Safety-”Green” Inks:

As described above there are numerous ways to make ink and some manufacturers are not concerned with the safety of the client. Having tested inks from different manufacturers for client requesting help with various issues such as clogging, we have realized there are water based inks on the market that are not safe. All Symphonic Inks, Ultramax II pigment inks, Neon Standard, Neon Acid, and Symphonic Graphic Dyes are Safe and Meet California Standards.

When you print ink goes into the paper and degasses into the atmosphere of your facility. Large print operations can  do more to pollute the atmosphere than ink manufacturers due to the larger surface area of degassing.

Making a cheap ink that most third party companies produce is not a difficult task, but making an ink that rivals and surpasses Epson, Cannon, and HP is a formidable task. We did not look at what our competitors and OEM inks looked like as a prerequisite for our design of UltraMax II. We looked at what was needed to get the most out of a wide range of media and produced that product.

We looked at the way our inks reflect off of different media and adjusted each color ink to produce the highest vibrancy. This often took the blending of special pigments to create the desired result. The result of which is greater brilliance with superior depth of color, and a wide gamut. When looking at output profiles alone to understand the ink set and paper is often misleading. Profile viewing may give you some idea of what your system has to offer, but two of the leading software's report different findings. That is why we say seeing is believing. The way an image reflects on paper do to the ink's reflective quality cannot be measured in a profile.

There is an expression our customers use; "its got to have juice." UltraMax II is the juiciest.

Cross Compatibility:
We also focused on getting the most out of all Epson Printers and made our inks compatible with all Epson printers. We test and use our inks constantly and when we can make an improvement we don't wait. Some changes, such as our New Golden Yellow, offers vibrancy and greater longevity than Epson's Yellow. We did not remove our previous yellow and all inks are backwards and forwards compatible.

UltraMax II is ideal for outdoor signage and superior for Fine Art Printing with a potential life of 200 years indoors. The weak link in solid colors is always Yellow and creating a Yellow that can stand up to Cyan and Magenta with brilliance and longevity is extremely difficult. It took blending of Yellow pigments and special chemistry to accomplish the longevity that is suitable for outdoors having the brilliance of a non fast ink. We have found that by using a greater pigment loading in the ink aided longevity because of the greater density of the droplet. You will find that most every ink set on the market offers a similar longevity in all the other colors, except Yellow. The Yellow chosen by Epson and some other companies is Yellow 74, which in itself does not exhibit high fade resistance. Companies that aim to mimic or clone Epson colors will also tend to use this same pigment. It is advisable to coat an image with UV inhibitors. Note that light inks which are diluted dark inks, will have less light resistance that the higher density solid colors. Our philosophy is to use as little as possible of light inks as possible and to utilize high resolution printing to allow for the smaller dot thus obtaining smooth images. This can only be accomplished with a rip that allows full control such as, our Symphonic Rip.

Image fading can also be due to the media. Media with high OBA's (optical brighteners) will shortly cause a break down. They look brilliant for a relatively short time, but then they break down. Media line Museo Max that is pure, will tend to last far longer. Humidity, heat, and light radiation combined have an affect on the fastness of the image. It is always advisable to coat an image. An overcoat such as how what is called clear coat for cars is more effective than placing UV inhibitors in the ink.

There is another detail that is often overlooked. That is the effect on moisture creeping in from the back of the media, such as paper and canvas. It is even advisable to coat the back with a less expensive coating.

Wilhelm Research announced a drop in longevity in Epson ink from over 100 years to less than 65 years in the introduction of Epson Ultrachrome. That is because of the use of Yellow 74. Many companies use that yellow for signage in place of a greener shade yellow that while having longevity results in very pore creation of red values.

We have had clients tell us how their images printed for outdoor use has lasted for over 3 years. Terry Schopper told us that not only did he have to make a duller image to match the solvent image, but that his image months later still retained its color while the solvent print showed signs of fading.

Because UltraMax II inks have superior longevity and depth of color, you can print everything from Fine Art to outdoor signage without changing printers. You can print in Color as well as Black and White.

Widest Color Pallet:
Because there is not one ink set ideal for all applications, we created different inks with a wide range of colors. You can choose from our Photographic Series to our Symphony Series with over 20 colors.

Gray ink set:
We studied and tested the making of Black and White printing comparing our technology to that of Piezophotography Gray ink sets. We realized that we had more control of Gray hue values with software using our neutral Light Black ink with a standard color ink set. With multi Black inks, Gray inks must be tinted with color pigments in order to have some control of hue values. Whether the gray inks are being blended chemically to a specific tonal value or whether software is blending color inks with Gray (Lt Black), Gray shades are being mixed with pigment colors anyway. There are limitations with multi hue valued Gray inks, but there are no limitations with our Symphonic Evolution Software. This means that you do not need a separate printer outfitted with Gray inks to produce the most accurate or varying Black and White prints.
To further understand Black and White Printing go to : Beyond Quadtone and Black and White Technology

The Most Brilliant Eight Color Ink set:
Our clients have already remarked at the rich reds they were obtaining with our standard Photographic Inks, so I decided to increase the depth of Yellow and add Lime Green. Lime Green unlike the standard Bluer Green used by every other Ink manufacturer, has superior richness and vibrancy. The result of this pallet called Symphony 5, produces richer color deeper blues, richer browns, vibrant leaves, beautiful aqua water, and glowing sunsets. This ink set is not your simple plug and play. It only allows for one Black ink and therefore, you must replace Black inks when changing from Gloss to Matte Media. It is ideal if you are planning to buy two printers. Please note, we are working on a printer modification that will allow for easy change over. Contact us to learn more about multi channel printing.

Going beyond the outer limits:
Symphony 12 offers colors not found in any other system or by any other manufacturer. It is a technology that has reached the potential of 12 color printing. A milestone in inkjet technology from color gamut, vibrancy, and depth of color. The ability to produce the widest range of spot colors i.e. Pantone, Trumatch

Symphony ink pallet is ideal for Fine Art, Photographic, Display, and Signage.

This unique color pallet has the ability to produce extremely deep rich color without needing the introduction of Black to falsely produce the deeper color densities, which results in a more Lifelike reproduction. Keep in mind, Fine Art Painters do no use black and would not use black to make a deep color. This pallet produces rich color on low cost media that usually produces anemic looking images.

Bottom line: This pallet reduces the cost of printing, while producing the widest spectrum.

Unique Benefits of Symphonic UltraMax II:

It is comprised of richer pigments producing a higher saturation of colors.

It has higher fade resistance including Yellow allowing UltraMax II to be used not only for Giclée Art Printing, but for Signage as well.

No compromise in color was made to have increased longevity.

The inks are balanced to work in all Piezo Printers.

Unlike Epson Inks, all our inks are backward and sideways compatible.

Unlike most inks, UltraMax II does not crack on canvas when stretched.

Vinyl's can be formed also without cracking.

Giles Prett from Crane Paper Company: I was asked by American Imaging Corp. 4 months ago to Beta test UltraMaxII new ink structure. Scott stated it is part of a new generation of Symphonic UltraMax II using a new proprietary chemical called Flo-Guard. He also stated it is less sensitive to temperature. I was asked to allow my printing room to drop in temperature as low as 60 degrees. I am please to report Magenta 27 flows extremely well, dries well and is extremely rich.

Ink BS

We have seen headlines from different companies stating they filter through OSMOSIS 3 times. Theirs inks are clog free and numerous other jargon.

First of all no ink is clog free from drying out when not in use for a long period of time or when the printer is placed in a very dry atmosphere. We help people every day with their clogging issues on Epson and other OEM inks.

Inks that dry fast are a double edge sword. That is great for the media, but they are the ones that often clog and remain clogged. In today’s business climate and working environment, it is better if the inks are a little slower to dry.

However, an ink should be clog free from its composition and filtering. Pigment particles vary in size and ideally should be filtered to an absolute state, not a nominal (varying degree) point. So when you hear a company stating, “they filter their pigment ink to .2 micron,” they do not no what they are doing. No pigment ink can filter through a .2 micron absolute filter. Filtering the ink several time is excellent, but filtering it with the wrong filter is several times wrong. Three wrongs do not make a right.

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