Sign & Digital Graphics

March '20

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1 8 • M A R C H 2 0 2 0 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S He adds that shops looking for prod- ucts that address the waste issue is a great way to start them on a sustainable path. "PSPs should also look at how much of a carbon footprint their devices require for energy. The next thing would be mate- rials and consumables. Generally, if an item is extremely inexpensive to buy, it was most likely manufactured in a non- eco-friendly manner. Taking these things into consideration is a great step toward an eco-friendlier production environ- ment," Maxwell notes. A Greener Footprint at Mutoh Rugen says that Mutoh has always been concerned with a greener foot- print and it participates in numerous Green Certification programs offered by others in the market. "We create very high-quality ICC profiles so that only the proper amount of ink is used, thus creating less waste as well as the right heat for curing and saving power." Image courtesy of Printograph.com. He adds that Mutoh makes a wide- format printer, the 1627MH that uti- lizes a special bio-ink. "Designed with the environment in mind, our Multi- Purpose (MP) Ink is made of 60% BIO- based materials. MP Ink components are made from renewable resources and help reduce dependence on petroleum. Because MP Ink is mostly plant-derived, your working environment will be a much more enjoyable place. The adhe- sion, abrasion, and color vibrancy char- acteristics of the ink make for incred- ibly durable images that will still look great years after they were printed. MP Ink provides increased adhesion and abrasion characteristics. Earth-friendly materials make MP Ink a 'green' ink." Green Tips When asked for some tips on how shops can increase their green foot- print, Rugen suggests leaving the power to your printer on at all times to reduce print head failure. Also, make sure you use a high-quality ICC profile to reduce ink usage and waste as well as reduce heat settings for curing. "You can also buy a printer that uses 110 voltage. Also consider using recy- clable media when possible. Construct signage that will be ultra- durable using the right inks to extend replacement cycles. Consider using Bio-Inks. In addition, use good color management practices such as making sure you understand how to do soft proofing (seeing how a printer output will look using your monitor) rather than hard proofs to save wasting media and inks. Mutoh offers numerous training classes to teach its users how to do just that," Rugen concludes. SDG Vycom's line of HDPE sheet products includ- ing Polycarve can contain up to 100% post- consumer or post-industrial recycled mate- rial. Image courtesy of Vycom Corp. Glass door window signage output on the 1627MH. Image courtesy of Mutoh America. Image courtesy of Printograph.com. Image courtesy of Printograph.com.

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