Sign & Digital Graphics

April '20

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S D G M A G . C O M • A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • 9 "Advances in technology have allowed manufac- turers such as Epson to better meet the demands of customers by investing heavily in research and devel- opment to meet the ongoing trends," Lopez says. He adds that apart from updating the printhead technology, another major update to the process has been the ink. For example, Epson's UltraChrome GS3 eco-solvent ink, commonly used for applications such as vehicle wraps, reduces the normal 24-hour gassing out period to just 6 hours. Apps Playing a Role Mark Rugen, director of product marketing and education at Mutoh America, Phoenix, Arizona, adds that inkjet suppliers are also imple- menting the internet of things into the equipment for more unat- tended operation and monitoring. "Many new phone apps and soft- ware apps are now connecting to the printer and giving the user real-time information regarding ink supplies, printing times and even notifying them of potential errors or needs for maintenance and in some cases can even control the printer." He says that the company offers Mutoh Status Monitor as part of its print- ers. "This connects the printer to the user and reports items such as printhead temperatures, heater settings, ink usage, ink/material cost and more. Moreover, the phone app allows you to control many features of the printer remotely even installing new firmware." Proline created these UTV wraps using their Roland TrueVIS VG2 series printer/cutter. Images courtesy of Proline Wraps and Roland DGA. Mutoh's XpertJet 1641SR 64-inch Eco-Solvent single head, 4-color printer is packed with features such automatic bi-directional alignments, a user-friendly touch panel, added LED lighting, and an upgraded media feed flange that allows operators to easily and quickly load media and exchange multiple rolls. Image courtesy of Mutoh America.

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