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Best Third-Party EcoSol-Max Ink

Discussion in 'Digital Printing' started by buggyjr12, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. buggyjr12

    buggyjr12 Member

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    I used to run nothing but Roland OEM ink in my SP-540V. A few years ago I was convinced to give third-party ink a try, mainly because of the cost difference ($82 vs $140 per 440ml cartridge).

    I didn't really notice a difference in quality until one day I printed an old file for a customer and noticed that the colors didn't look quite as "vibrant" as I had remembered them being in the past.

    I then printed a new color swatch chart to compare with my old chart and realized that my colors were WAY different. Just washed out and not near as nice. The ink I was using at that point was private-labeled with the name of my vendor on it so I don't know who actually made it.

    After that I switched to 20/20 from Grimco and it made an immediate difference. Red was redder, blue was bluer, you get the point.

    In a prefect world I'd just go back to Roland OEM but I don't like being gouged.

    I'll probably stick with 20/20 unless someone can recommend something better.

    So my question is, what ink does everyone else use and do you like it? Which is closest in quality to Roland OEM and/or does Roland private-label ink under another (more cost effective) name?

    Thank you in advance.

    P.S. - I don't do much color matching where things have to be a 100% match to a Pantone book or anything, I just want to pick a brand of ink and stick with it so I can print some new charts and know they're accurate (I'd also like really good looking colors).
     
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  2. Rohit Prasad

    Rohit Prasad WWW.COMPASSCOLOR.COM

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    I would stick with OEM inks. The maintenance bill after running 3rd party inks equals more than the savings.
    Massive amounts of overspray coating up encoder strip/electricals...clogged ink lines is just not worth it.
    We use OEM inks on all our UVFlatbed and roll to roll printers.
     
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  3. ChicagoGraphics

    ChicagoGraphics Major Contributor

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    Durafos inks from south Korea is what I use to use in my JV3, they we're better then oem inks, richer colors and didn't scrach off.
     
  4. flyplainsdrifta

    flyplainsdrifta Active Member

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    i usually reccomend nazdar in this situation. theyve been great in my roland.
     
  5. gabagoo

    gabagoo Major Contributor

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    I have used jetbest for over 5 years and the quality is superb and the colours are vibrant and as good or better than OEM
     
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  6. Skuggedal

    Skuggedal New Member

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    SAMINK I have 3 Roland Printers a sp300v a VP540i and a Pro IV 5 years with bulk tanks. Zero issue with printheads or print colors and I have signs without laminate on them out there I still see 5 years later looking great! Super INK!
     
  7. White Haus

    White Haus Formally known as RJPW..........

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    We've been in running Nazdar in our Rolands for years, very happy with it.
     
  8. premiercolour

    premiercolour Sales and services from S. California

    We sell Jetbest ink made in Taiwan from S. California. I can refer you to a Roland tech who sells Jetbest ink in the east coast. He will take good care of you. You may check lots of reviews by going to facebook group: Roland Digital Printer, support group.
     
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