Inkometer 1100

Simulating the dynamic conditions that occur in the ink-distributing system of a press, the Inkometer provides reliable data on the ink tack and length of ink.


  • This ink tack tester simulates the dynamic conditions that occur in the ink-distributing system of a press, the Inkometer provides reliable data on the tack and length of ink.
  • The Inkometer 1100’s consistency allows you to quickly compare different inks, so you can evaluate new inks as well as maintain quality control in your press production.
  • Features include test method storage, statistical reporting and data exporting, providing the tools to the testing lab that increase productivity in the printing and ink development industries

The Inkometer 1100 measures the apparent tack of printing ink under conditions closely approximating the dynamic conditions of the ink-distribution system of a printing press. The testing instrument provides the highest accuracy and efficiency for research and development, quality control and process evaluation to verify, test and improve quality.

This ink tack tester measures the integrated forces involved in ink film splitting and the effects of roller speed, film thickness, temperature and solvent evaporation.

The Inkometer 1100 consists of three rollers. The center roller is a temperature-controlled brass roller. The bottom roller is an oscillating rubber composition distribution roller. The top roller is a rubber composition roller attached to the measuring system which measures tack. Rollers are available for testing standard and UV inks. The brass roller temperature is controlled by circulating a coolant mixture provided by a Constant Temperature Circulator (CTC).

The tack is reported in gram-meters and represents the torque required to “work” the ink film at a known rate with predetermined film thickness and temperature.

The Inkometer 1100 multi-line display shows the temperature, tack, roller speed and test time. Tack readings can be exported to the RS-232 port, the integrated printer, or to a USB flash drive. Statistical reports can be viewed directly from the display. The Inkometer provides four test methods based on ASTM D-4361 as well as five user-configurable methods that are stored in non-volatile memory.


  • Reliable data about ink tack
  • Digital keypad with simplified setup menus
  • 4 Preset methods based on ASTM D-4361
  • Create and save 5 custom test methods
  • Store up to 180 tack readings
  • Preset & programmable speed options
  • Built-in printer for instant results
  • Portable data via USB port
  • Calibration weights included
  • Emergency stop button

ASTM D4361

Previous Inkometer Models:
MBC, B-45, 101, 106, 110

Additional information

Model Name

Inkometer 1100

List of Standards

ASTM D4361

Test Duration

10 seconds to 30 minutes

Distribution Time

1 second to 30 seconds

Sample Rate

10 seconds to 10 minutes

CTC Reservoir Capacity

2.5 gallons

Roller Set

Total surface area of 106 square in. (2692.4 mm)

Roller Speed Accuracy


Roller Testing Speeds - Preset

400, 800, 1200 and 2000 RPM <br /> (314, 628, 942 and 1570 feet per minute)

Tack Accuracy

0.2 gram-meters

Power Requirements

120V 50 or 60Hz, 220V 50 or 60Hz

Testing Property

Ink Tack

Software Available



Ink/Graphic Arts


Inkometer 1100