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Dyes, inks and their use in ink jet printing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028807D
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 14K

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Abstract

The present disclosure relates to aqueous inks comprising a Blue or Orange dye. These inks are especially suitable for the printing of various recording materials (such as paper, film, cloth) with the ink jet printing method.

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Dyes, inks and their use in ink jet printing

The present disclosure relates to aqueous inks comprising a Blue or Orange dye. The inks underlying the present disclosure are especially suitable for the printing of various recording materials (such as paper, film, cloth) with the ink jet printing method. By the ink jet printing method, images and characters are usually printed by subtractive color mixing of inks of four colors, namely Yellow (Y), Magenta (M), Cyan (C) and Black (K). Printed inks are subject to high demands in terms of their optical density, color brilliance and fastness to humidity, light and atmospheric pollutants. In order to widen color gamut and improve color reproduction of the formed image, supplementary color inks, such as Orange, Green, Blue or Violet, are increasingly implemented in addition to CMYK inks.

It has now been found that certain Blue and Orange dyes enable to formulate ink jet inks with outstanding color brilliance. The obtained inks can markedly improve color reproduction in the blue and orange regions when used in combination with a CMYK ink set or with a CMYK ink set already complemented with additional color inks, such as Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Green or Red inks. The Blue and Orange dyes in question are denoted by the following Color Index (C.I.) numbers: C.I. Acid Blue 239, C.I. Reactive Blue 263, C.I. Acid Orange 94, C.I. Acid Orange 95, C.I. Reactive Orange 132. A further suitable Orange dye is CIBACRON Orange P-2R from Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Basel, Switzerland.

Inks according to this disclosure typically comprise:

(i)                 from 0.5 to 10 parts of a Blue or Orange dye as described above

(ii)                from 1 to 60 parts of water-soluble organic solvent or a mixture of such solvents

(iii)              from 30 to 98.5 parts of water

wherein all parts are by weight and the sum of the parts (i) + (ii) + (iii) = 100. Examples of suited organic solvents are described, inter alia, in U.S. Pat. 6,635,747 (column 9). The inks may also contain additional components conventionally used in ink jet printing inks, for example visco...