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You are here: InfoCenter » Print Life » Print Life Test Results » Epson 1280 & Canon BCI-6 ink

Epson 1280 & Canon BCI-6 ink tests

Epson Dye Ink Tests (Using Epson 1280 printer)

Paper Estimated Print Life
UltraPro Satin

Premium Matte Papers 7

Canon BCI-6 inks tests

Paper Estimated Print Life
UltraPro Gloss

UltraPro Satin 4
Polar Gloss**

53 lb. Premium Gloss 5
Premium Matte Papers 12

** Polar Gloss before it was upgraded to slow fading with dye inks

Test Methodology

Our independent test facility* has just released the data from our last test. They used an established technique of exposing our
samples to 50 kilolux of unfiltered cool light fluorescent light for 3 months (simulating a period of 25 years). Each patch has 12 unique
parts for measurement.

These tests do not account for other causes of image failure which we now know can have a significant effect. Measuring effects from
pollution (indoors and outdoors) and humidity are very difficult to qualify and are not addressed with our tests.

As before, the lab measures the deterioration of the intensity of all of 12 patches. When fading or other change has been recorded to
each a specific point, the sample is declared to have "failed". For instance, if the "Pure Cyan" test reaches a point of 30%
deterioration, that is the End Point for that sample regardless if no registered decline by any other of the 11 patches exists. The
bottom line: we are looking for the worst case scenario.

This does not mean that your image will "disappear", rather it will change a bit in shade which can be recognized by the human eye
especially if you compare to another identical image freshly printed on the same printer with the exact same settings as before.

Here is the specific test criteria for each paper:

Test Patch Parameter
Cyan Fade
Magenta Fade
Yellow Fade
Black Fade
Pure Cyan
Pure Magenta
Pure Yellow
Pure K Neutral
30% Loss
30% Loss
30% Loss
30% Loss
Cyan Fade
Magenta Fade
Yellow Fade
Red Green Imbalance
Red Blue Imbalance
Green Blue Imbalance
CMY Neutral
CMY Neutral
CMY Neutral
CMY Neutral
CMY Neutral
CMY Neutral
30% Loss
30% Loss
30% Loss
+ or - 15% change
+ or - 15% change
+ or - 15% change
Cyan Stain
Magenta Stain
Yellow Stain
0.10 Density Change
0.10 Density Change
0.10 Density Change

*All tests conducted at the Image Permanence Institute of the Rochester Institute of Technology

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