Sign & Digital Graphics

May '17

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50 • May 2017 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S SPECIALTY IMAGING DIGITAL GRAPHICS applications that clients are requesting include high-end decorative wall panels, backsplashes and partition walls. Glass Growth in North America Using flatbeds to print on glass is very big in Europe but is showing signs of catching on more vigorously in North America as well. One output provider that is seeing an uptick in this sector is Agio Imaging, a wide-format printing firm in Kalamazoo, Michigan. "We have been in this market for about eight years and we are seeing some nice increases of late. Glass printing is a growing niche market for us," says Davina Logan, Agio's director of sales, marketing and adminis- tration. "Most of the work we are doing in this area is with high-end interiors. Using our processes, we are able to cre- ate products that are elegant, durable and green. Glass also provides a more stylish look over using acrylics." Personalized Applications Heather Roden, product marketing manager, Fujifilm North America Corp., Graphic Systems Division, Hanover Park, Illinois, says that this area is becom- ing highly personalized in the products that can be created. "Popular applications include awards, tiles, shower enclosures, office partitions among other decorative applications. These are especially popu- lar given this growing demand for cus- tomization and personalization." Second-Surface Printing Josh Hope, senior manager, Industrial Printing Business Development & Marketing at Mimaki USA, Suwanee, Georgia, believes that second-surface printing on glass is very popular for a higher end premium product look and feel. "Second-surface printing is the practice of printing onto the backside of a transparent material where the The Shark EFB-2512 flatbed printer from StratoJet can print directly onto to glass up to 4" thick. (Image courtesy of StratoJet USA) Shael Sacks, of NGI Designer Glass reports the most popular glass applications clients are requesting include high-end decorative backlit wall panels, backsplashes and partition walls. (Image courtesy of NGI Designer Glass) Images output on the FUJIFILM Acuity LED 1600 UV printer. (Image courtesy of FUJIFILM) Graphic printed directly onto the bottle using a UJF Series printer with a Kebab option. (Image courtesy of Mimaki USA)

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