Sign & Digital Graphics

October '17

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26 • October 2017 • G R A N D F O R M A T GRAND FORMAT the soft signage market and it is easier and cheaper to do it with a universal press. The EFI VUTEk FabriVU series are digital fabric printers that work well for soft signage. They print direct or indi- rect via transfer paper enabling a print shop to offer more materials and save money by using lower cost materials. EFI Reggiani PRO series printers are great fabric printers that work well for industrial apparel and signage. Noel Mareno, director of sales for Inkjet Technology, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas, says that because of technology, ink and media handling improvements, his company is able to offer printers that offer dual mode, allowing them to print on everything from very thin paper to material with some elastic properties. ITI's printers have a couple of dancer bars, heavy rollers and coarse rollers that help control tension and movement of the material through the printer and, like Global Imaging, offers printers with either Ricoh or Kyocera printheads. The company's inks give a client the same results whether they print on paper or sublimate on fabric and heat set it, says Mareno. "It's mainly in the inks where you see the development and I think you'll see some nice developments in material and paper. People will tend to want lighter paper and more versatile material," Mareno says. IT I printers primarily image onto polyester-based materials. The other growth area in the industry is being able to print on cottons, silks and natural fibers. That requires another set of inks and a pre-treatment, which ITI has cho- sen not to pursue. Printheads add to the versatility and speed of the printer, he adds. The more heads you add and the faster the heads are themselves, the faster you can run the printer, he says. SDG Many sign shops are buying UV printers because they want to get into the soft signage mar- ket and it is easier and cheaper to do it with a universal press. (Photos courtesy of EFI) Inkjet Technology, Inc.'s printers have a couple of dancer bars, heavy rollers and coarse rollers that help control tension and movement of the material through the printer. (Photos courtesy of Inkjet Technology)

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