|Seiko ColorPainter 64s became the HP Designjet 9000s|
The Seiko ColorPainter 64s mild-solvent printer became a best-seller several years ago. It was so popular that HP bought exclusive rights to it. For about three years HP sold the Seiko as the HP Designjet 9000s, then HP 10000s, and then a lower-priced model the HP Designjet 8000s.
But HP was new to solvent inks and after a few years gave up and jumped to latex ink in 2008. But thousands of people around the world still have the HP Designjet 9000s, 8000s, or 10000s version of the Seiko ColorPainter.
Since original OEM ink tends to be expensive, during the present economic crisis that started in 2008-2009, it is understandable that print shop owners, managers, and printer operators would seek a lower priced ink during 2010. So now is a good time to look at the ink provided in the yellow boxes by Sam-Ink of Singapore.
Inspection of the ink factory and Inspection of end-users
To find out if an ink is good my first step is to visit the world headquarters, and the ink factory, and then find end-users. The end-user can tell me whether the ink is acceptable. The ink factory will show me whether the chemists are capable and competent. And visiting the company headquarters will reveal whether the company itself, the owner and managers, are people you can trust.
So I spent about a week in Singapore inspecting the ink factory, company offices, speaking with managers, owner, chemist, software engineers. Then I visited several print shops who were using the ink. All the results are in the new FLAAR Report that is now issued.
We are in the process of making the FLAAR Reports on Sam Ink available in Spanish, Russian, and eventually in Chinese.
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