Sign & Digital Graphics

February '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • February 2019 • 59 uses gel UV inks that do not produce dot gain on the printed surface. Developed by Canon/Océ, these specialized LED UV-curing inks have the safety profile LED UV-cured systems, excellent color gamut, and are attracting a great deal of attention. Although this technology has not yet proven itself in the vehicle wraps market, it will certainly be a participant in display, wall and floor-wraps applica- tions. The new method of drop and cure is a harbinger of technological advances that we can come to expect from the major printer and ink manufacturers in the future. Closing The future of ink and printing tech- nology looks exciting as we see manufac- turers invest in technological improve- ments in equipment and formulations. All the com- petitors in the digital print mar- ket are looking to change the paradigms, and show us new tech- nologies to make us rethink how we look at graphic cre- ation. Ever increasing demands on greener alternatives, faster technolo- gies, and greater durability will drive change, and as the costs of newer and greener printing comes into closer align- ment with existing technologies, adop- tion will increase. History has shown us that as we improve technology through speed, ecological, durability, end value proposition improvements, PSPs and end use customers will embrace the evolu- tion. SDG Evolutionary changes to the printing process—more/bet- ter inks, and improved print technology—have contributed to the explosion of the wraps market. (Image courtesy of Justin Pate) The future of ink and printing technology looks exciting.

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