Sign & Digital Graphics

May '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • May 2017 • 49 Using a flatbed UV-cure digital printer to decorate glass can be a little tricky, however. Still, the results are worth the extra effort and care. We reached out to some equipment suppliers and end users and asked them to look at some of the hot trends in glass printing. We will also touch on the printing process itself with tips and advice for printing onto glass surfaces. What's Trending? According to Deborah Hutcheson, director of marketing at Agfa Graphics, Elmwood Park, New Jersey, UV ink- jet printing is taking off in the area of décor applications for the architectural and design market. "This market is real- izing the benefits of UV printing, such as high quality output, fast turnaround and customization. As a global leader in UV-curable inks, Agfa Graphics has an expertise in the sign and display market; as well as the industrial inkjet market where glass printing is being integrated into the manufacturing process of pro- ducing branded beverage bottles, for example. Here we work with systems integrators to design, develop and manu- facture inkjet inks and fluids for indus- trial production," she explains. "Some examples of glass applications for UV inkjet include printed mirrors and glass signage, decorative indoor glass wall panels, shower doors, furniture glass, cabinet glass and kitchen backsplashes," she adds. Colorful Apps "According to our clients, one of the most popular uses for glass print- ing today is for high-end, high-quality color applications," says Shael Sacks, vice president of NGI Designer Glass, a firm specializing in glass decoration in Concord, Ontario, Canada. "From our standpoint, printing on glass has pro- vided a unique way to give a sleek pre- mium look to graphics. The biggest trend in glass printing right now is in indoor architectural applications. We work with designers, architects and creative people across the country to transform standard signs and other branding vehicles into stunning decorative glass panels." Sacks adds that based on what NGI now handles, the current most popular NGI's Sacks says they outsource their work to Namoji Inc. Graphic Solutions, also in Concord, Ontario, where their jobs are out- put on a Jeti Titan HS flatbed, six-color UV inkjet printer from Agfa Graphics. (Image courtesy of Agfa Graphics) Example of a timeline display. (Image courtesy of Agio Imaging) Panel artwork display created for an architectural firm. (Image courtesy of Agio Imaging)

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