Sign & Digital Graphics

February '19

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36 • February 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS able for solvent, UV-LED curable and latex inks. Dye sub printers are limited to polyester based goods, but these could be fabric, or rigid materials (e.g., phone cases). The advancements of both ink and media, and the cross functionality of each has widened the capabilities across the entire market." Maxwell says that the most versatile ink with the most potential is currently UV-LED curable. "With this technology, virtually any surface becomes printable and opens up a whole new world of potential media, such as wood, metal and glass, in addition to the standard media already widely adopted by PSPs." He adds working with these inexpen- sive printable materials such as foam- board and corrugated plastic are ideal for this market. "Many PSPs tend to produce temporary signage on corrugated plastic and foamboard as a standard. Both are easy to apply adhesive backed PVC to or print directly to with UV-LED curable printers. Additionally, these are easy to cut, either manually or digitally, and can be shipped easily." He adds that polyester-based goods are another rapidly growing segment for digitally printed goods. "Mimaki is unique in the digital space," Maxwell says. "We produce every known ink technology and have application-centric printers and cutters to support almost any need. We have experienced an increased demand for our vast dye-sub offering, but our most popular technology is currently UV-LED curable. With UV-LED curable printers, Mimaki customers are producing short run temporary graphics on traditional materials and also some fabrics. Since the media companies are diversifying their products, Mimaki has been able to expand capabilities within the UV-LED curable space to enable PSPs to not only produce stickers, decals, banners, way- finding, etc., but also address backlit and fabric based needs. This versatility cre- ates an opportunity for our customers to utilize a single technology for many applications with little or no trade off from the standard adopted technolo- gies often associated with the media of choice." Adhesive Solutions Another interesting media option for this market comes from the Youngstown, Ohio-based Photo Tex Group that makes an interesting adhesive-backed printable fabric material that's easily removed. Walter Gierlach Jr., owner of Photo Tex Group, says that temporary graphics has transformed over the past few years into home décor with custom graphics, murals and decorated kids rooms that can be changed with time or as they age. "We are also seeing the trending of Mimaki's UCJV300 Series printers. (Image courtesy of Mimaki USA) Window graphics created on the Roland VersaEPRESS_ RF-640 printer. (Image cour- tesy of Roland DGA) (Image courtesy of Photo Tex Group) The best media for indoor temporary applications include vinyl, paper, fabrics and banners.

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