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June '18

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36 • June 2018 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS common necessities for outdoor flags and banners. In partnership with Georg+Otto Friedrich, TVF has created a revolution- ary new fabric, Deko-Tex 7048SUN, to tackle outdoor projects with state-of- the-art waterproof and anti-fungicide finishes. Deko-Tex 7048SUN is designed for UV and Latex printing and is ideal for pole banners, umbrellas, tents, canopies, and awnings." He adds that with each application end-use will dictate the printing method and fabric selections. "While warp knit and woven fabric constructions are com- patible with all printing methods, fabric content and finishes will determine how they can be printed. For example, a fab- ric with DWR will not work for Latex and pigment printing unless the fabric has a specialty heat activated water repel finish." It's a Material World Weiss says that using and buying indoor and outdoor materials, shops must look for the properties that come with that material and how the applica- tion demands it to be used. "For example, an indoor graphic for a trade show which is framed out in SEG (silicone edge graphics) must be stretched to fit the frame properly and therefore, the fabric/graphic is designed with stretch as is our Select Poly Light and Heavy (also known to Industry as Soft and Heavy Knit or Celtic and Heavy Celtic). An outdoor graphic must be easy to install and weather the elements. What is also critical is to use a fabric/ vinyl/mesh that meets the application." He points out that Verseidag's vinyls go through a process of coating and lac- quer that has been designed to meet spe- cific applications the industry demands and our ink-receptive coatings are criti- cal for optimum output. "Often in the industry we must compete against lami- nated vinyls and we simply educate our customer on why it's important to use media that works in the application and performs best for the longevity of the application." Best Printing Methods Saunders points out that direct dis- perse printing will provide the best print- through results for double-sided applica- tions. "Dye sublimation, Latex, and UV printing are strong printing methods for one-sided applications, though UV and Latex deliver the best color-fastness-to- light results. While screen-printing is a suitable choice, design elements, such as photorealism or the amount of printable colors, will be limited and the hand of the fabric will be affected." Swirling Silks created these direct digital nylon single/reverse outdoor flags that identify the entrance to a suburban business park area. (Image courtesy of Swirling Silks) Verseidag's award-winning sheen TR pro- vides a very colorful backdrop to a trade show exhibit. (Image courtesy of Verseidag Seemee U.S.) Verseidag's Seemee Backlit Select FR (B4420) is a 270 g/m2 knit polyester pre- shrunk fabric, optimized for both transfer and direct dye-sublimation. (Image courtesy of Verseidag Seemee U.S.) This bow-flag application uses Deko- Tex 7048SUN fabric from Top Value. (Image courtesy of Top Value Fabrics)

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