Sign & Digital Graphics

April '20

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8 • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S 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 tech- nologies 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@ O ver the years, demand for eco-sol- vent printing has remained strong even as new printing and ink technolo- gies continue to hit the market. Eco-solvent inks still present the most versatile opportunities for general graphics envisioned for indoor or out- door use. Probably more than half of all wide-format print providers today still use either eco-solvent or solvent print- ers and ink technology. More recently, the overall trend has been to boost eco-solvent inks' endur- ance and color gamut while reducing or eliminating odors. Many printer and ink suppliers continue to do an excel- lent job in improving the image quality to make eco-solvent inkjet prints more applicable to indoor graphics, as well. More Advances in Technology David Lopez, associate product man- ager, Professional Imaging at Epson America, Long Beach, California, says that an emerging trend in 2020 is for eco-solvent printers that have high print speed and still maintain high-quality prints. Eco-Solvent PRINTING Eco-solvent printing continues to drive the wide-format market B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R THE STATE OF Mimaki recently introduced the new JV300 Plus series that is said to not only offer expanded colors but also has improved workflow effi- ciencies. Image courtesy of Mimaki USA. Image courtesy of Mimaki USA.

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