Sign & Digital Graphics

February '20

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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 bschiffner@optonline.net. UV printers continue to be one of the fastest growing sectors in the wide-format digital printing market. UV curable printing and specifically UV flatbed printers, which offer direct printing on all types of media, have really upped the ante and multiplied the application possibilities for sign shops. The revolutionary feature that sets UV flatbed printers apart from the rest of the pack is their ability to print on almost any type of material. Since UV cures instantly and does not penetrate the surface or require drying or evaporation, both porous and non-porous materials can be used. Solvent-based inks in contrast are better suited for uncoated substrates since the solvent is later evaporated and leaves the colorant on the surface, water-based inks are usually used for coated materials since they tend to penetrate the media. These constraints are not found with UV inks. To get some different perspectives on the UV wide-format printing arena, SDG spoke with a UV printer manufacturer, a couple of printer distributors as well as some print providers and asked them how the technology is continuing to help trans- Wide -On UV technology is moving digital printing in new and exciting directions B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R 1 4 • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 0 • S D G • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S UV Market

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