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20 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 9 "Usually, these adhesion promoters are just a liquid you wipe onto the surface and allow it to dry before you print," Tindal offers. "It creates a more porous surface to accept the ink. Some printers actually include a primer ink built right into the system, so we'd recommend using that layered in to increase adhesion." The type of ink used can also vary by substrate, Perrelli adds. For a glass or metal surface, you don't have to worry about the material bending. However, that's not the case if printing on a fabric or leather. When those situations arise, Perrelli recommends printing with a flexible ink rather than the rigid ink that you'd use for glass or metal. For those shops looking to diversify and gain that com- petitive edge, UV-LED printing is an option to consider. With its customization and full-color capabilities and versatility, UV-LED printing allows awards and personalization businesses to better serve customers by catering to their many needs. King Print & Design Co.; Owners Karl and Kerri King We officially opened in April 2016. We purchased our first and only UV-LED printer in February of 2019 from Steve Weist with PDS Equipment and the unit was installed in March 2019. (We purchased this equipment because) we were looking for a way to make our small home-based business take the next step and offer color options while making the process as efficient as possible. We wanted flexibility in product options as well as customization. The biggest challenge for myself was the software, which was not as hard as I thought. The different setups can be a challenge as well if you are looking to offer that unique item that someone wants personalized. I don't feel the learning curve is bad as long as you are familiar with similar software and setups. We use Illustrator and Photoshop in conjunction with our UV printer's soft- ware and sublimation software; whereas, we use Corel with the lasers that we operate. The laser engraving and marking area helped us in picking everything up quickly. We played on the equipment for about a week before we started to throw whatever we could at it. We are still learning the equipment and our limitations, though. PDS Equipment gave us a hands-on three-day train- ing course when they set the equipment up but they also have some informative and helpful YouTube videos online that we watch and refer to in hard spots. When we were deciding on a printer though, I researched for over a year on websites and at conventions. We listened to many manufacturer's pitches and reasons why their equipment was the best. We have opened up a whole new avenue to offer our customers: color! The ability to print white or clear on items is something that not many are used to seeing in our area. The ability to print on so many substrates is also a great benefit. You need to consider the types of products you want to print on, what those products will be used for and where, what materials they are made of, how much space you have for the equipment, and most importantly, how much are you willing to spend. Cost is a big consideration, especially from those small business owners that are just get- ting into the game. When you purchase a top-quality machine that is backed by a company that is willing to help you succeed, that price doesn't seem to be as big as it initially was. UV-LED Equipment and Supplies Applied Surface Technologies LLC www.appliedsurfacetech.com . . . 920-478-2969 Axiom America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.axiomamerica.com . . . . . . . . .800-697-6523 Azon Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.azonprinter.com . . . . . 011-385-1-461-8003 BesCutter & BesJet . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.bescutter.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-525-2897 ColDesi Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.coldesi.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-793-3278 Compress UV Printers . . . . . . . . . . www.compressuvprinter.com . . . . . 855-201-9185 Direct Color Systems . . . . . . . . . . . www.directcolorsystems.com . . . 860-829-2244 GCC America Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.gccworld.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-284-5211 Graphics One LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.graphicsone.com . . . . . . . . . . . 877-472-7471 Innotech Laser LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.innotech-laser.com . . . . . . . . 215-675-4740 Innovative Digital Systems . . . . . . . www.ids-digital.com . . . . . . . . . . . . 704-628-7679 ITNH Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.itnh.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 603-669-6900 Johnson Plastics Plus . . . . . . . . . . . www.jpplus.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-869-7800 LogoJET . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.logojet.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337-330-8471 Marco Awards Group . . . . . . . . . . . . marcoawardsgroup.com . . . . . . . . . 800-229-6592 Mimaki USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.mimakiusa.com . . . . . . . . . . .888-530-4021 Modico US Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.modico.us . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 920-478-3803 Mutoh America Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.mutoh.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-996-8864 Nazdar SourceOne . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sourceone.nazdar.com . . . . . . 888-578-5713 OmniPrint International . . . . . . . . . www.omniprintonline.com . . . . . . .949-484-4181 PDS Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.pdsequipment.com . . . . . . . . 800-737-1734 Roland DGA Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.rolanddga.com . . . . . . . . . . . .800-542-2307 SEPS Graphics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.sepsgraphics.com . . . . . . . . . .800-886-3331 Signwarehouse Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . www.signwarehouse.com . . . . . . . .903-462-7700 UV-LED Printing RETAILER CASE STUDY Mimaki Mutoh OmniPrint Roland DGA Printing photos is an effective way to add more customer value to your product offerings. (Photo courtesy LogoJET) UV-LED Companies: Azon ColDesi/Compress Direct Color Systems (DCS) GCC America Inc. LogoJET

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