Kao Collins Inc.

1201 Edison Drive, 45216 Cincinnati, OH
USA
Telephone +1 513 9489000
Fax +1 513 9488900
info@collinsinkjet.com

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Contact

Chris Rogers

Executive board/managing director
Business, corporate or plant management

1201 Edison Drive
45216 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Phone
+1 513 9489000

Fax
+1 513 9488900

Email
crogers@collinsinkjet.com

Kristin Adams

Senior head of department
Marketing, sales, advertising, PR

1201 Edison Drive
Cincinnati Cincinnati, USA

Phone
+1 513 9489000

Fax
+1 513 9488900

Email
kadams@collinsinkjet.com

Lawrence Gamblin

Executive board/managing director
Business, corporate or plant management

1201 Edison Drive
45216 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Phone
+1 513 9489000

Fax
+1 513 9488900

Email
lgamblin@collinsinkjet.com

Heather Rockow

Department head/group leader
Marketing, sales, advertising, PR

1201 Edison Drive
45216 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Phone
+1 513 9489000

Fax
+1 513 9488900

Email
hrockow@collinsinkjet.com

Simone Wieczorek

Vorstand/Geschäftsführer
Geschäfts- /Unternehmensleitung

Eldenaer Strasse 30
10247 Berlin, Germany

Phone
+49 30 405 77 276

Email
swieczorek@collinsinkjet.com

Our range of products

Product categories

Our products

Product category: Digital inks

EB Curable

Electron Beam (EB) or “ebeam” curing inkjet inks are Collins’ newest area of energy curable ink development. EB curing occurs by a similar polymerization process as UV and LED curing inks, but without the requirement of photo initiators. Collins embarked on this project after seeing that the prices of ebeam curing units were approaching those of high-end LED UV curing units.

Without photo initiators, the inks are safer, less costly, more stable, more reliable, and nearly odorless. The EB process also offers a more complete cure than UV/LED and does so without generating as much heat as other curing technologies. This opens the door for printing on very thin films and foils. Ebeam should also offer advantages for companies wanting to print low migration labels and packaging for food applications.

* Collins’ in-house ebeam-curing unit from PCT is attached to a web transport for product development and testing. We encourage customers to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the possibilities of ebeam curing.

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Product category: Digital inks

Custom Solutions & Color Solutions

Collins believes that in order for production inkjet to grow, the inkjet industry will need to service and support more like the traditional print industry; this is exactly how Collins operates – like your in-house custom ink department. Customization is what we do best! For technical issues that inevitable arise, for requests that expand the capabilities of printers, for challenging substrates, and for on the fly custom colors, we’re ready to tailor and optimize inks for your specific needs.

COLORMATCHING

Collins offers standard and customized color inks as water-based, solvent-based, or energy curable solutions for TIJ, DOD, and CIJ printing technologies. We can colormatch virtually any Pantone Matching System (PMS) color.

When you call Collins with a color-match request, we will ask you for either the PMS number or spot color, or a color swatch of the color you need matched. We will also ask you for the type of paper stock or specific substrate that you will be printing on. Ideally, we would like to create drawdowns on your specific substrate, but we realize that may not be possible, so we keep 60# offset, 70# matte and 70# gloss paper stocks in-house for your convenience. Next, you will receive (in two to three days) a set of color-swatches we call drawdowns.

Since inkjet printing can look different than other forms of print, we offer you a few variations from which to choose from. We want to make sure there are absolutely no surprises for you or your customer. After you have made your decision, contact Collins and we will have the ink shipped to you within two to three business days. Even though Collins’ custom color matching process is a quick one, we understand that sometimes things come up and you need custom colors faster. In these instances, we can create a “match and make”, which bypasses the drawdown process altogether. Rather, we match the color and manufacture the ink to be sent out ASAP.

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Product category: Digital inks

Security Inks

Collins offers standard and specialty inks for security applications as water-based, solvent-based, or energy curable solutions for TIJ, DOD, and CIJ printing technologies. Formulation capabilities include invisible fluorescent, visible fluorescent, ultraviolet invisible, IR invisible, UV longwave and shortwave, lightfast and non-lightfast, and more. If one of our general security inks does not meet your requirements, we would be happy to create a customized solution that does.

For highly sensitive security applications, Collins Inkjet and Honeywell Authentication Technologies have partnered to offer extremely customizable inks to meet your specific requirements. Honeywell offers high-end security pigments for sensitive authenticity applications such as passports, pharmaceuticals, military equipment, currency, etc. These customized taggant inks differ from Collins’ general security inks in that typical authentication systems use commonly-available detectors that can read multiple types of luminescent materials. Honeywell’s brand and document authentication systems use proprietary optoelectronic detectors that are paired with specific Honeywell taggants. These detectors are customized for the specific chemistry and concentration level of Honeywell materials. This “lock and key” technology helps protect against counterfeiters attempting to use similar materials. A variety of fixed and portable detectors are available from Honeywell to suit your application.

For more information about these inks, please contact us directly.
For more information about Honeywell Authentication Technologies,

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Product category: Digital inks

UV Curable

UV curable inkjet utilizing ultraviolet light is the fastest growing ink segment in the digital printing market, far surpassing the growth rates of aqueous and solvent based inks. UV curable inks typically contain reactive monomers, photo initiators, oligomers, pigments and additives that, when introduced to an ultraviolet (UV) lamp, create a rigid film; the reactive monomers in UV instantly crosslink to provide a cured, cross-linked coating with no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

UV curable inks offer instant drying (curing) on a wide range of substrates from metals, glass, and ceramics to flexible packaging, thin-gauge polymeric films, and more. UV curable inks also offer excellent print quality, adhesion, scratch resistance, light fastness and color density.

Energy curable inkjet is a rapidly growing and evolving area of development for Collins, and the printing industry. Collins has created several platforms of UV curable inkjet inks to address both the graphic arts and industrial printing markets. The availability of new delivery systems, curing technologies, and raw materials continues to create new and exciting opportunities for inkjet.

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Product category: Digital inks

LED Curable

LEDs (light emitting diodes) were introduced as a low energy, low heat, and environmentally friendly alternative to arc lamps. Typically, the initial investment for an LED lamp system is higher than that of a UV system, but with new suppliers entering the market, the prices have come down. Regardless of the purchase price, LED systems offer many long-term savings that arc lamps do not. For example, when compared to arc lamps, LED’s require less energy, have an instant on/off, longer bulb life, and are easier bulbs to replace and dispose.

LED curable technology has rapidly carved its own niche into industrial printing and that niche is quickly expanding. For example, since LED lamps create little to no heat, it’s possible to print onto more heat sensitive substrates like thin PP and PE films, heat sensitive papers and labels. The limitations that we see today may not be around tomorrow. Recently, a Collins customer has been innovative with their LED lamp configuration and it enabled them to print at 300 feet per minute. LED curable inks at 300 fpm!

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Product category: Digital inks

Solvent-based

Collins offers solvent-based inks for printing services utilizing Thermal inkjet printheads (TIJ) and Piezo, Drop-on-Demand printheads. For TIJ users, solvent-based inks provide aggressive dry times and permanence onto difficult substrates that prove difficult for water-based solutions. The tradeoffs of formulating and using solvent based inks is maintaining acceptable decap times and color qualities seen with water based inks and, as a general rule, the more aggressive the ink is on the substrate, the more aggressive the ink is on the printhead.

In recent years, Collins has created a robust line of solvent-based inks for TIJ technologies. The most recent chemistries are designed for printing on metals, plastics and other once impossible substrate applications for TIJ. This is a far cry from our patented Max inks that led the way as a break-through chemistry for aggressive inks used in industrial TIJ printing applications.

For DOD users, Collins offers standard (non-flammable) and faster drying (flammable) formulations for use in Piezo printheads. In addition to substrate targeted black inks, customization is available, including spot colors.

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Product category: Digital inks

Oil-based

In the inkjet world, oil-based inks have always been known as the robust, low maintenance, “workhorses” that offer consistent, simple, yet flexible imaging onto a variety of porous substrates. The most common applications include marking and coding, package printing, and signage.

Collins offers a standard CMYK oil-based set for specific piezoelectric printheads. Customization is also available, including spot colors. We can accommodate any and all of your digital printing needs.

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Product category: Digital inks

Water-based

Collins Inkjet started formulating and manufacturing inkjet inks for high-speed industrial applications in 1990. A quarter century later, our labs are still creating and modifying water-based formulations, focusing on helping customers and OEMs expand the application space for inkjet printing. This lengthy experience has enabled Collins to become the technical leader that it is today.

Collins has created thousands of distinct water-based digital inks for multiple printing technologies and a variety of applications (from product packaging to lottery tickets) within the digital printing category. Over the years, we’ve been able to push the boundaries of water-based chemistries. Exciting new raw material developments allow water based inkjet inks to approach the appearance quality of traditional offset printing.

Collins formulates and manufactures high value, low cost inkjet inks using dyes, pigments and hybrid colorant technologies in an 83,000 square foot facility in Cincinnati, Ohio for most any kind of inkjet printer. Collins only uses the highest quality ingredients, and takes pride in its excellent quality control.

Collins continues to invest in new equipment and technologies not only so that Collins can continue to provide cutting edge solutions, but also so that Collins can consistently produce the highest quality ink at prices that enable customers to profitably expand the market for inkjet printing.

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About us

Company details

Collins Inkjet has over 26 years experience creating innovative solutions for industrial inkjet customers and OEMs. Collins is a vertically integrated high volume manufacturer of water, solvent, UV curable and is at the forefront of EB curable inkjet development. More recently Collins expanded its offerings to include printheads, printhead refurbishment and printer development. Collins takes a straightforward approach to its business. It pursues mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with its OEM partners, distributors, and customers by continuing to investment in R&D and focus on providing unmatched customer service. Collins remains focused on helping customers and OEM create new market opportunities and expand the reach of high-speed inkjet printing.

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Number of employees

50-99

Foundation

1990

Area of business
  • materials
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