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Inkjet Fade Testing Epson and Canon Dye Inks

Read the Print Life Test Results for 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 7
Premium Matte Papers 7

Canon BCI-6 inks tests

Paper Estimated Print Life
UltraPro Gloss 5
UltraPro Satin 4
Polar Gloss** 5
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.

Specific Test Criteria for Each Paper

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

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

 

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