Sign & Digital Graphics

February '19

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DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS 38 • February 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S netic receptive sheeting—is a more recent trend for temporary graphics. "There are many applications for this effective and cost-efficient method for a graphic presentation with frequently changing information or images. Uses include retail P.O.P. displays, restaurant menu boards, trade show graphics, way- finding signage, event graphics, business and hospitality lobby and wall graphics and much more." He adds that valuable accessories to other printable substrates for tem- porary graphics are magnetic fasteners such as magnetic hooks and "carabiners" for vinyl banners, or magnetic strip for quick attaching and removing of graphics printed on other substrates. "Probably the most popular and practical tempo- rary signs that many sign shops create are vinyl banners with grommets. Magnetic carabiner hooks make vinyl banners easy to install, reposition and remove. Magnetic sign holders are perfect for retail signage, which is almost all tem- porary, because of the ease of reposition- ing without having any other fasteners or need for drilling holes." Great Indoors and Out Getz says that magnets work great for both indoor and outdoor applications. "For outdoors, if a flexible magnetic base with adhesive is needed, be sure an acrylic adhesive is being used to withstand the outdoor elements. Solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex ink systems all can print on magnetic and magnetic receptive sheet- ing with vinyl or coated topcoat print- able surfaces. Aqueous inks can print on magnetic and magnetic receptive sheet- ing with paper or PP-coated printable surfaces." Gertz notes that it's important to be aware that "inexpensive" and "tempo- rary" doesn't have to mean settling for cheap, flimsy or low quality because the graphic only needs to last for a short period of time. "The main benefits of printable mag- netic and magnetic receptive sheeting are simplicity, high-resolution print quality and durability." Airport signage produced on the Roland TrueVIS VG-640 printer/ cutter. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) Magnetic assemblies and magnetic sign holders. (Image courtesy of Magnet Source) Roland DGA's Lily Hunter notes that UV printers, such as Roland's VersaUV LEJ- 640FT and LEJ-640 (pictured), are great for printing on foamboard, corrugated plastic, and other rigid materials as they print directly onto the surface of the sub- strate. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA)

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