Sign & Digital Graphics

May '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2019 • 43 For more information on banner hanging systems, visit ble-sided materials created to provide extended life in outdoor settings. Top Value Fabrics offers its own line of latex performance products with a proprietary coating that provides the same rub-fastness as dye sublimation printing. And Fisher Textiles' latex- optimized Bannyl fabrics cover much of the same territory, with products that are up to 197 inches wide. On the fabric side, an example is Fisher Textiles' Nirvana BOB, designed for roll-up banner stands, is also a unique product, a printable, soft-knit fabric with a coated black back, which provides a built-in liner for finished applications. Roland says the fabric can also be cold cut with a razor or circular cutter, provid- ing a finished edge that does not need to be sewn together. Compton says there are a variety of other innovations which help eliminate the need for sewing or adding silicone edge for framed graphics, as well as easier ways to add grommets, banner pole loops or other accessories for hanging and dis- playing banners. "You can now get pole loops where high-strength adhesive tapes can be utilized, as opposed to sewing or weld- ing banner print media. High-strength grommet tabs are also available for ban- ners that need to be suspended by rope or wire between posts." Now that you have the materials down, where do you start? Compton suggests your existing solvent or eco- solvent printer will be great for many banner projects, but a latex printer will definitely give you more flexibility. "Over the past few years, the adop- tion of small-format latex printers has increased dramatically—latex inks can be utilized on a wide variety of banner materials and other substrates, offering more diversity," he says. "The relative ease of printing, with little finishing nec- essary, has made them popular—since the fabrics are cured with onboard printer heating elements." What's more, Roland adds, latex printers can also handle laminates and paper, in addition to fabric media, so the same equipment can be used for not only banners and signage but also producing vehicle wraps or P.O.P. posters. Dye-sublimation or direct disperse printing processes allow print service providers to create brilliant fabric ban- ner graphics, and still remain the pre- dominant form of printing worldwide, Compton adds. "A small shop would need to take into consideration the overall cost and their budget, plus the need of adding a heat press as well as transfer paper if they choose these methods of printing," Compton says. SDG For more complex applications, Bannyl's double-sided mate- rial helps provide 3D versatility and eye- catching color, on a grand scale. These are various-sized direct digital nylon single/reverse indoor banners. Image courtesy of Swirling Silks.

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