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 • 1 3 machines, wraps come out with a matte finish. Ours come out glossy and look like paint, which is a big selling point with our clients," says Madrid. "I really enjoy the designing pro- cess and see so many ways to apply this technology. With the versatility of our Roland machines, we can provide what- ever our customers need," he adds. Eco-solvent Options From Mimaki Michael Maxwell, senior manager at Mimaki USA in Suwanee, Georgia, reports that solvent technology contin- ues to dominate the wide-format space. "Manufacturers are always improving print and delivery capabilities. However, the biggest trends are the result of declining use of aqueous-based print- ers. Interior prints and photographic/ art reproduction demands have opened up opportunities for solvent printers with the introduction of expanded col- ors. Printers that support orange and light black ink sets offer print service pro- viders ( PSPs) the option to offer services for traditional interior graphics while serv- ing their existing customer base." He says that over the years the technology con- tinues provide new solutions for print businesses. "Improved ink chemistries and cleaning functions provide peace of mind to PSPs, enabling them to deliver applications that are typically viewed up close. Features such as Mimaki's Nozzle Check Unit monitors the print- head performance to ensure quality. Other complimentary features such as Waveform Control (which uses finely- tuned frequencies for each ink's specific gravity and viscosity to precisely shape and place individual drops) and Mimaki Advanced Pass System (uses an advanced algorithm pat- tern to reduce banding) improve image quality and color reproduction." As far as advantages that the eco-solvent format offers over other printing options, Maxwell notes that eco-solvent ink technology is the most mature and widely used. "The basics of this chemistry/technology mean greater availability of verified, compat- ible materials. Additionally, this format still boasts the longest outdoor survival ratio of any other technology, even with- out lamination." "The traditional banners, signage, labels/decals and vehicle wraps are a staple of this technology. The addition of expanded color in eco-solvent ink sets has opened up opportunities that were previously the domain of aqueous ink Image courtesy of Mimaki USA.

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