About ConeColor PRO Inks
Non-clogging: the only 3rd party encapsulated pigment ink
ConeColor was first formulated in 2005 using the same pigment particle encapsulation technology employed in Piezography K7 inks. In 2011, we reformulated ConeColor to increase the dMax and glossiness and re-released it as PRO. Pigment encapsulation is exceedingly rare, and it is a cost-intensive process. Both Epson and HP do it. What is even more rare, is that a 3rd party ink company has been able to develop this technology independently. Vermont PhotoInkjet is the only third-party ink company in the world that has independently developed pigment encapsulation.
Vermont PhotoInkjet pigment particles are actually encased inside of a micro-thin layer of acrylic co-polymer to form an encapsulation (like the hard candy shell of an M&M candy). This encapsulation insulates the static charge of the pigment particle and is the #1 reason why ConeColor inks are clog-free. Encapsulation also produces smoother printing due to superior ink droplet shearing.
Although ConeColor Pro and Epson Ultrachrome inks are encapsulated with much better dispersion stability than ordinary pigment inks, it is a requirement to shake them to get smooth dispersion quality and to re-form the proper viscosity of the ink. This is why we always ask, and why Epson always asks its users to secure the printing quality by shaking the ink. This will avoid clogging and color shifting, while maintaining a trouble-free ink.
Superior Color Match
Jon Cone took a unique approach to developing a color match to the notoriously impossible to match Epson inks. Rather than try and match color by color, Cone achieved a match to Epson when printed through Epson's own color management workflow. The color space between ConeColor and Epson is the closest match of any 3rd party inks. The results speak for themselves!
You can change out Epson inks for ConeColor PRO inks one position at a time. You can continue using Epson ICC profiles. For many printer models, we have produced extensive ICC profile libraries for 3rd party media such as Canson, Hahnemuhle, Innova, JonCone Studio, and Moab papers.
ConeColor ink is so compatible with Epson Ultrachrome ink, that you will not need to flush out the Epson inks before installing ConeColor. You can actually change one ink position at a time so that you do not need to waste any of your current ink supplies. However, if you are currently using another 3rd party ink formula in your printer - it is very wise to either power clean or flush out the other 3rd party brand of inks. Some of these brands are known to be incompatible with ConeColor or and Piezography (our two encapsulated formulas)- such as Lyson branded inks. Lyson inks should be removed from the printer by performing two Power Cleans (on pre-X900 printers), or an ink INIT FILL on X900 printers (also the R3000).
Epson recommends that their ink should be discarded no later than six months after first use. ConeColor inks are designed to be used in printers for up to a year provided that they are used regularly and shaken gently every few weeks. The bottles should be stored tightly capped and the shelf life is at least two years. Always shake the ink for 10-15 seconds prior to pouring into of syringe filling cartridges. Allow the ink to settle for a few moments prior to pouring or filling.
Ink cartridges tend to all look alike because many of the parts used in ink cartridge manufacturing come from just a few sources. They are however, assembled by many different companies combining many different parts from other sources - and the actual printabilty of the cartridge can vary as widely as the companies responsible for assembling them. InkjetMall only sells cartridges made by the actual factories which have developed the moulds for all of the components of the cartridge. All of the parts internal and external come from one source, and are finish assembled by the same source. This produces the best cartridge. The chips on all of our cartridges are made for InkjetMall by the best semiconductor company in Asia. These chips, made to our specs, are assembled onto the cartridges we provide. We can support our cartridges. Please understand that we can not support cartridges not sourced from InkjetMall.
The average large-format customer purchases 4 sets of OEM ink per year at a low street price of $2,848. The equivalent amount of ConeColor ink, including the reusable cart system costs only $1,094 or a savings of 62%. The second year's cost of ConeColor ink is only $796 or a savings of 73%. In two years time, the average customer will have saved $3,806 and will not have thrown away 64 empty plastic ink carts and the enormous amount of packaging and shipping materials that accompany such purchases. ConeColor bottles are recyclable and require only a rinse. The ConeColor packaging is minimal.
You can Choose to be Green
It is estimated that Americans throw away more than 450 million ink carts a year. Many still contain valuable ink. The OEM designs them so that they cannot be refilled. The consumer is left with the choice of throwing the cart away or having it incinerated by an OEM "recycling" program. We conceived ConeColor inks as an environmentally-friendly product. We supply a simple to use, transparent polyethylene cartridge that can be filled over and over again. For some model printers, the cartridge does not need to have its ink use recording chip reset. For some model printers, we supply a chip resetter. The customer needs only one set of refillable carts for the lifetime of their printer. Ink refills are available in minimal packaging ranging from 60ml to 5000ml, reducing wasteful packaging materials even further. The bottles are recyclable.
While the cartridges are designed to last the lifetime of a printer, the small semi-conductor chips can only be reset so many times. Also, being prone to static failure and shorting...you can expect to replace the the ink use recording chip on your cartridges from time to time. We supply these at a very low cost. Some of our customers prefer to use a new chip each time, rather than to use a chip resetter. They make this choice to insure they have a "new" cartridge each time they refill it.
We are a company that practices what it preaches, and preaches what it practices.
InkjetMall operates in the same building as Cone Editions Press. The R&D facility of Vermont PhotoInkjet is located in this same building. The synergistic relationship between developing printing methodology and developing inkjet materials directly benefits you, the customer. Our technical support is second to none.
ConeColor is designed by Jon Cone who has a long distinguished history in inkjet as both an innovator and one of its most highly regarded practitioners. Since 1984, he has continuously operated the world's first digital fine art printmaking studio, Cone Editions Press. Cone was IRIS Graphics Development and Marketing Partner for Fine Arts from 1994-1997 providing equipment, ConeTech software and fine arts inks, and training for 45 of the USA‘s first fine art Giclée studios including David Adamson Editions, Hunter Fine Art, MuseX Editions, Robert Rauschenberg, SaffTech, UDC, The Cook Editions and many, many more. Cone established InkjetMall in 1999. Since 2000, his Piezography carbon black & white inkjet systems have been second to none and spurred b&w efforts by Canon, HP and Epson.
Cone has continuously been setting the standards in photographic and fine art printmaking producing Gordon Parks' "Half Past Autumn" color prints for the Corcoran (one of the earliest digital museum exhibitions) and Richard Avedon's last living portfolio "In Memory of the Late Mr. & Mrs. Comfort". From 2005 to 2008, Cone developed the inks and printing methodology for Gregory Colbert's monumental "Ashes and Snow" Nomadic Museum exhibitions in Santa Monica, Tokyo and Mexico City which drew more than 10 million viewers - a record for an art exhibition.