Sign & Digital Graphics

June '19

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62 • June 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS Looking at screen printing inks and how they impact the sign industry. B Y R Y A N F U G L E R Ryan Fugler is a free- lance writer and for- mer editor of Wraps magazine. He can be reached at rnfugler@ with ques- tions or comments. TO A PRINT P izazz S C R E E N P R I N T I N G I nks have taken a prominent place in the sign industry for several years, literally providing the color to many projects. Historically, paints have given sign makers the ability to offer popping, handcrafted works of art. As work shifted from unique, one-off work to high-volume production, so did the processes. These days, all different types of inks are available for printers that output precise, preset designs. And never lost in the shuffle are screen-printing inks that have been an asset, not only in the sign market, but also in textile and apparel markets for decades. Though technologies have changed, and sign makers may have moved to other methods for their work; advancements continue to occur in screen printing. This is evident in inks. "Each ink has its own set of characteristics," explains Mark Landrowski, VP of Operations, NGS Printing. "It is what makes screen printing so versatile but also so difficult to master." With screen printing, sign makers carry the ability to produce easy-to- handle signs such as real estate dis- plays, posters or trade show graphics. These can be completed on any number There are many inks on the market today that can add much more to a screen print's visibility. (Image courtesy of Total Ink Solutions)

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