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February '19

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40 • 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 called "rubber magnets") for a variety of applications and industries, including commercial printing, wide-format sig- nage and graphics. Fabulous Fabrics Fabric is another prefect fit for these applications. One shop that is a leader in this area is Ball Ground, Georgia-based Planet Tradeshow/Meno Enterprises. The shop recently completed projects including a series of temporary holiday frontlit SEG graphics for a local restau- rant chain. "We chose to utilize Top Value Fabrics (TVF) Supernova for it's con- sistency, white point and equal dimen- sional stretch," says Jared Hager, project manager. "We had just two days to turn around a large amount of these panels. Having a substrate that is predictable and easy to work with allowed us to meet this extremely expedited time frame while offering great pricing due to eliminat- ing any wasted costs on reprints." Hager notes that dye sublimation on Supernova was the perfect solution for this client. "No smell and a great soft feel to the fabric. We are seeing a huge increase in this type of application due to more upscale feel of the media and the ability to turn these items in faster production times." He adds that one event graphic they recently completed was a 40' wide by 27' high backdrop for a corporate awards cer- emony. "The customer requested a heavy weight fabric and TVF's Digi Heavy was up to the task. Digi Heavy is semi opaque and has minimal stretch. This banner had to be seamed in two locations but also had artwork that needed to line up once sewn. Consistency of material was crucial in this application." What are You Looking to Achieve? Roland's Hunter says media selection for this market really depends on the media you're using and the look you're trying to achieve. "Dye sublimation is best for soft signage applications, and for creating signage using rigid substrates like ChromaLuxe panels (aluminum, steel or natural wood). They're durable, vibrant and re-usable. Dye-sublimated fabrics can be washed, steamed/ironed and reused after storage. Roland's Texart dye-sub- limation printers and SBL3 sublimation inks are designed to deliver outstanding results on both soft and rigid materials." She adds that banners, various types of paper, and pressure sensitive vinyl are also popular. "These can be printed with eco-solvent and UV inks. There are economy-grade products for short- term applications (periods of up to six months), as well as medium-grade prod- ucts for applications of up to two years. Typically, most people will switch out their graphics or 'change up their look' within two years." Hunter adds that most of the banner work, or 'economy-grade'" work is not done with UV printers because they don't offer the print speeds required. "Eco- solvent inkjets, such as Roland's TrueVIS series printer/cutters, the SOLJET EJ-640 printer, and the VersaEXPRESS RF-640 printer, are ideal for these types of jobs." She adds that UV printers, such as Roland's VersaUV LEJ-640FT and LEJ- 640, are great for printing on foamboard, corrugated plastic, and other rigid mate- rials as they print directly onto the sur- face of the substrate, eliminating the 'print and mount' step and saving the PSP time as well as money. SDG Teardrop flags are excellent examples of temporary signage. (Image courtesy of Roland DGA) (Image courtesy of Photo Tex Group) A magnetic graphic sys- tem being used for a grocery store direc- tory. (Image courtesy of Magnet Source)

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