Sign & Digital Graphics

July '17

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38 • July 2017 • 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 there are variations of magnetic media that work best with offset printing, screen printing, and other processes." Working with Optimized Inks Gertz says most printable magnetic topcoats for solvent, eco-solvent, UV and Latex inks are vinyl or a coating recep- tive to these ink types. "Aqueous inks can print direct to magnet that has a paper topcoat or one that's designed to be receptive to aqueous inks. These graph- ics would need to be laminated to protect from handling or if using outdoors." Cannon reports that they use an eco- solvent ink to print directly to their flex- ible magnets. "This ink does not smear, run, or change in any way after printing. There is no dry time so we never have to worry about handling the magnets after they are printed. The eco-solvent ink is also outdoor and marine-rated, which is very beneficial for car magnets and other magnets intended to be in various condi- tions, including under water and in direct sunlight." She adds that the magnet material responds very well to the eco-solvent ink that we use. "The piece looks complete, accurate in color, and is able to handle detailed artwork." Magnetic Media Going Wide Miller says that they offer products in this area especially for wide-format applications. "MegaM AG is Adams Magnetic Products' wide-format direct print flexible magnet sheet, available in both 40- and 48-inch widths for signs, screen printing, P.O.P. displays, digital imaging and more. It can be used for Magnetic graphic system for a grocery store aisle directory with a magnetic base and the aisle names printed on magnetic-receptive material. (Image courtesy of Master Magnetics Inc.) MegaMAG is said to work well with MAGbond magnet-receptive product, allow- ing designers the ability to create a seamless display measuring 48 inches wide. (Image courtesy of Adams Magnetic Products) Jim Cirigliano, marketing manager at Magnum Magnetics, says that Magnum's DigiMaxx is their super-wide for- mat (40"/48") magnetic media designed for UV flatbed and other wide-format printers. (Image courtesy of Magnum Magnetics) Mike Gertz, marketing manager, Master Magnetics, reports that magnetic vehicle signs are on the top of the trends list for printing on magnetic sheeting every year. (Image courtesy of Master Magnetics Inc.) (Image courtesy of Ads on Magnets)

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