Sign & Digital Graphics

February '19

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WRAPS DIGITAL GRAPHICS for T he vehicle wrapping industry is maintaining its strong growth momentum as more and more print service providers (PSPs) add this special segment of commercial graphics to their revenue stream. No one would have believed that the first auto wraps done in the early 1990s (credit to KPMF in the UK based on most accounts) would be so pervasive in our every day life today. The improvement of media—primarily vinyl (PVC), as well as urethane and other non-PVC films—in conjunction with adhe- sive improvements, and the addition of air-egress technology has created a practical solution to perfectly wrap a vehicle. More recently, evolutionary changes to the printing process (inks, and print technology) have made tremendous inroads contributing to the explosion of wraps from the early beginnings, to the continued growth trends and market expectations into the future. This article looks at the types of digital inks used for the cre- ation of primarily vehicle wrap graphics. It also looks at some of the developments to print technology at a very high level, and how these changes have made for greater adoption of transforming technologies. There also has been a migration from some of the original pioneering technologies as newer technologies emerge, Ink Choices Wrap Shops How different chemistries can impact your work B Y P A U L R O B A Paul Roba is the OEM wide format digital relationship manager for Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions. He is a 30-year veteran in the graphics industry. INK TECHNOLOGY True solvent inks were the first inks that were able to print directly on uncoated vinyls and films, but soon the wraps industry gravitated toward less-toxic eco-solvent inks, such as the Eco-Ultra inks that go with Mutoh's ValueJet 1624X printer. (Image courtesy of Mutoh Americas) 56 • February 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S

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