Sign & Digital Graphics

October '17

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G R A N D F O R M A T • October 2017 • 11 During cases when large graphic panels must be printed intact, wide- to grand-format printers make the most sense for the job. According to Valade, these wider printers "often eliminate the need to print multiple panels and seam them together. For example, when doing a vehicle wrap, a wider printer may allow you to print a single panel for the entire hood, allowing for a much 'cleaner' installation. This also reduces the amount of installation time and labor required." Entering the conversation of the wide-format versus the grand-format world, Conrad believes, "They are two different markets that can complement one another, so have a good under- standing of application opportunities and capabilities and limitations for the smaller footprint printers." The same rings true when discussing these larger printers. Conrad offers up to sign owners, "Know your limitations and understand what you want to accomplish from an application standpoint prior to taking the leap upwards. This includes analyzing the market potential too." At Mutoh, there is a range of available printers from 24-inch to 104-inch-wide, covering a multitude of projects in the signage space. For sizeable efforts such as wall coverings and backdrops, Conrad recommends the ValueJet 2638 X 104- inch eco-solvent printer. With so many technological devel- opments advancing the printing indus- try, shops should consider using these to their advantage. Mimaki printers, for instance, "offer additional features to help address the need to improve throughput, or address concerns about narrow format work that was previously produced a smaller platform," Maxwell says. "For instance, the UJV55-320 sup- ports two narrow width rolls up to 60 inches each that will enable customers to double up performance when a 10-foot wide run is not necessary." Benefits to leveraging new features can increase print speeds and overall quality. For example, "Dual-head versus single-head printers are typically found in 64-inch or wider printers," Conrad says. "This dual-head technology, such as what is found in the ValueJet 1638 X 64-inch eco-solvent printer, allows for faster production speeds while maintain- ing quality." Challenges Of course, an equipment upgrade does not come without its challenges. With printers, shop professionals should dedicate themselves to learning about the most effective way to use their machines When doing a vehicle wrap, a wider printer may allow you to print a single panel for the entire hood, allowing for a much 'cleaner' installation. the dual roll, super wide From dual-roll capability for high productivity to grand format for monster-sized graphics — whatever type of display, the new Mimaki UJV55-320 UV inkjet printer can handle it. Mimaki_UJV55 dual_H_SDG0617.indd 1 4/24/17 11:53 AM BOOTH #609

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