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April '19

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44 • April 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 dling, shipment and installation." He adds that the demand for durable outdoor fabrics is also increasing for applications including banners, fence and building wraps, marketing umbrellas, tents and canopies. "For these purposes, we have developed Deko-Tex 7048 SUN, which is waterproof and engineered with an anti-fungicide treatment. We have also introduced our P V C -Free Mesh 2582GFS constructed of high tenacity yarns with excellent air-flow characteris- tics providing excellent print quality and image sharpness for demanding outdoor environments." Sustainable Options Lily Hunter, product manager, Textiles & Consumable Supplies— Roland DGA, Irvine, California, reports that one of the main factors driving this increased demand includes a shift toward using environmentally friendly (non- PVC-based) signage. "This is due to a combination of cus- tomers seeking out 'greener' solutions for personal reasons as well as the introduc- tion of local laws and regulations encour- aging PVC-free signage," Hunter says. "In addition, soft signage has an upscale look and feel that makes it desirable in a wide variety of settings. Some soft sig- nage, such as dye-sublimated output, can also be laundered and re-used in the event it gets dirty or becomes wrinkled during storage and shipping." Hunter adds also increasing the popu- larity of soft signage is the fact that there are now more ink and production options available besides dye-sublimation (i.e., eco-solvent and UV printing) for creating this type of output. "For example, Roland recently introduced SoftSign Woven Polyester (ESM-SSWP2), which makes it possible for users to produce soft signage by printing directly on the material with a Roland eco-solvent printer or printer/ cutter." Check Out All Printing Options She says for shops looking at printers, purchasing decisions will depend upon the type of soft signage the print ser- vice provider wants to create, which will determine the type of printer and inks required. "Prior to making any equipment purchases, the PSP should also consider any other types of output they would like to produce in addition to soft signage. For example, if a shop will be printing a lot of vinyl decals, vehicle wraps and wall graphics, along with soft signage, then an eco-solvent printer/cutter like the Roland True VIS VG-640 may be the best choice. On the other hand, if the PSP wants the ability to make soft signage, as well as rigid signage on polyester panels (i.e. ChromaLuxe), then a dye-sublimation printer, such as a Roland Texart series inkjet, would be a better purchase." She adds that the company recently previewed the new Texart RT-640M, a multifunctional dye-sublimation printer, which gives users the option of either direct printing onto polyester fabric to create soft signage, or transfer sublima- tion printing for rigid signage or stretchy fabrics. "Keep in mind that in addition to the Texart RT-640M, you will also need a heat press to create dye-sublimated out- put," she says. Hunter notes that improvements in printing technology allow for better Flat Formulate® disc hanging structures are ideal for use as large scale soft sign on a stage setting. With complete color and graphic customization, it seamlessly integrates with any setting. (Photo courtesy of Orbus Exhibit & Display) Mike Compton of Top Value Fabrics notes that TVF has just added to its line of HP Latex Performance durable textiles launching Geo Mesh Latex Performance, which is an outdoor durable mesh fabric with a propri- etary coating to enhance ink fastness of graphics printed with Latex inks. (Image courtesy of Top Value Fabrics)

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