Sign & Digital Graphics

November '15

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • November 2015 • 35 Gornick says the ColorPainter print- ers use a very rugged, industrial print- head that is geared for high speed, high viscosity ink and a shorter print time. Machines like this can increase profit- ability per hour because they can print more pieces in less time. This makes them very desirable for smaller print shops that want to compete with larger print shops or online entities, she adds. High-End Fabric Prints Durst U S manufactures high-end fabric printers as well as UV-cure print- ers. Many of the company's customers are in the soft signage business, says Bob Rychel, sales manager for textiles for Durst US and Canada. Sign shops looking to purchase a high-end fabric printer need to choose the appropriate inks for the textile types they plan to print on and they need to know how much throughput they need their machine to handle and the width of the products that can be printed on it, he says. If a shop primarily wants to print fab- ric for trade show booths, it would make sense for them to purchase a machine that is at least 10 feet wide because trade show booths are typically 10 feet wide. Once they decide on the size of machine they want, print shops need to look at what each manufacturer brings to the table in regard to engineering, service or support, Rychel says. The textile printing market is mov- ing rapidly to direct-to-print options. Because of that, textile manufacturers are moving toward selling only coated The SID MERCURY Series prints from 720 dpi to 1440 dpi and can handle up to six inks at a time. The SID TRITON can print onto rigid materials like paper, foam board and polystyrene, using eco-solvent inks.

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