Inco has always paid attention to the ceramic production requirements, but also to the environment and people’s well-being.
Inco has always focused its research on developing extremely high-performance products from a technical point of view that also take into consideration the well-being of ceramic workers, as well as the inhabitants of the ceramic districts.
The first studies aimed at the development of ceramic inks with low olfactometric impact, —with low emissions into the atmosphere, which would maintain a good digital machine behavior, not only from a technical lining, but also at a vapor and airless level, emanated within the digital ceramic chamber— already started in Inco’s research center, back in 2013.
The necessary digital evolution of ceramic behavior has indeed brought with it many positive aspects linked to the quality of the ceramic products created. At the same time, however, over the years, an olfactomental discomfort has emerged due to the smell generated by the fumes, produced during the firing of the ceramic tiles— in particular during the preheating of the ceramic oven—.
Despite the excellent quality and technical performance of the products in circulation, the need arose to develop ceramic inks that lower olfactometric emissions, and subsequently the need to lower the emissions of organic substances into the atmosphere
Inco’s first proposed solution was the Inco Spring ceramic inks series, already in production at various Italian ceramic groups, in 2016.
Formulated with innovative solvents, they went on to significantly limit both the olfactometric emissions and the organic substances in the atmosphere, compared to the classic inkjet in circulation, guaranteeing excellent print quality and ensuring flexibility and continuity.
Soon afterwards, in 2017, the series of Inco’s Spring HSC – High Solid Content ceramic inks developed with a new generation of solvents, with a low olfactory and environmental impact, a new generation of pigments, high chromatic yields, and a new formulated concept that combines these important aspects to guarantee, as always, excellent quality production, expand aesthetic possibilities, ensure flexibility and continuity.
For both colored digital ceramic inks and digital ceramic materials.
The high quantities used of digital ceramic materials, to give the ceramic pieces the desired effects and characteristics, are thus manageable thanks to a minimal olfactory impact and a drastic reduction of emissions into the atmosphere.
Due to the reduced content of organic solvent, in HSC Ceramic Inks, —according to the guidelines issued by the authorities—should there be a substantial or non-substantial modification of its AIA relating to projects that impact on emissions into the atmosphere, are to be be considered 50% of their value, unlike traditional inks that must be taken in full.
Inco’s research, however, never stops, this is why we are improving this ink series, from the point of view of odor impact, and atmospheric emissions without affecting the technical characteristics and performance of these products.