Sign & Digital Graphics

August '19

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DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS I f not controlled properly, static electricity can be a major disruption to a sign shop's business. Too much static electricity in the shop can play havoc with your production schedule and interfere with the overall print- ing process. It can even cause glitches with your printers and laminators. With many shops utilizing flatbed printing capabilities, static can interfere with output quality. This is true when you are printing to rigid plastic substrates such as Sintra, corrugated plastic and styrene. There are, however, some options available to help minimize printing defects due to static and improve the quality of your output. Static Electricity Solutions to help eliminate static electricity issues during print runs B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R Bill Schiffner is a freelance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imaging industry for 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technologies including wide-format printing and newer electronic digital signage. He was the editor for a number of imaging publications and websites. He can be reached at 40 • August 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S TAKING THE Charge OUT OF

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