Epson has achieved a milestone in photographic ink technology and print longevity with preliminary print permanence ratings for its all-new Epson UltraChrome HD pigment ink technology, according to comprehensive tests conducted by Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. (WIR), the world's leading independent permanence testing laboratory.
Preliminary data from ongoing tests indicated that depending on the specific paper, WIR Display Permanence Ratings for black and white prints made with UltraChrome HD inks using Epson's "Advanced Black and White Print Mode" will likely to last more than 400 years, Epson has posted on its website.
Epson UltraChrome HD ink is currently used in Epson's large-format photographic ink jet printers - SureColor P600 13-inch photo printer and SureColor P800 17-inch photo printer.
While accelerated display permanence tests are still underway, the data accumulated to date indicates that UltraChrome HD pigment inks can provide up to twice the WIR Display Permanence Ratings of previous generations of Epson UltraChrome inks with most Epson photo and fine art papers.
"Utilizing eight newly developed high-stability pigment inks - cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta, light black, and light light black - the latest Epson UltraChrome HD inkset offers professionals an amazing tool to produce stunning prints that will preserve their photographic legacy far into the future," said Mark Radogna, group manager, Epson Professional Imaging.
WIR's multi-factor print permanence test procedures, which go far beyond just the effects of accelerated light exposure, evaluate all of the display and storage factors that can affect the life of a print over time. Prints made on Epson fine art photo papers and canvas with the new UltraChrome HD pigment inks are also expected to have WIR Album and Dark Storage Permanence Ratings well in excess of 200 years the prints exhibit high resistance to atmospheric ozone have very good water-resistance properties and, the pigment images are extremely resistant to damage caused by storage or display in high-humidity environments.
Epson UltraChrome HD ink is used in Epson's large-format photographic ink jet printers - SureColor P600 13-inch photo printer and SureColor P800 17-inch photo printer.
"With the increased Dmax, wider color gamut, and reduced metamerism provided by the new Epson UltraChrome HD pigment inks - which taken together serve to significantly enhance the visual brilliance of both color and black and white images - the increased overall permanence of the prints represents a significant contribution to photography," said Henry Wilhelm, founder and director of research at Wilhelm Imaging Research.