Sign & Digital Graphics

February '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • February 2018 • 37 tive humidity, non-condensing between 20% and 85%. "Do not expose the ink to direct sunlight, store in a well-ventilated area and keep it away from heat sources." Ink manufacturers are continually improving formulas for better per- formance. What are some significant areas where we are seeing improve- ments today? Goodearl says E F I 's U V and L E D inks have had significant improvements in recent years in ways that have opened the doors to new market areas. "UV and UV LED inks typically have a hard cure that is not very flexible, but formulations like our UV-cure EFI SuperDraw and VUTEk TF and CF inks allow for deep- draw thermoforming without cracking. And our VUTEk SuperFlex LED inks provide the flexibility needed for vehicle- wrapping applications—something that was very difficult to do with a UV or UV LED ink in the past." He adds that another big improve- ment has been in the application of UV L E D inkjet in the corrugated space, with their new Nozomi corrugated board press. "The ink can withstand the folding and scoring needed to create boxes or standee-displays and it gives high-quality results at high speeds—all of which makes the press itself a cost- effective and efficient solution in short- to medium-run corrugated packaging for businesses that might otherwise resort to more complicated and expensive litho- lam procedures," he reports. Currier reports that elongation and flexibility have become an area of recent R&D and interest. "As always, improve- ments in adhesion to certain substrates that are in development are key." Conrad states that viscosity is getting better where inks jet easier and more freely through the printheads causing less clogging and requiring less daily maintenance. "Stability of the chemical composition of inks are getting stron- ger as well. This will hopefully help lend itself to longer shelf life and extended usability," he concludes. SDG Visit SDG.NBMGUIDE.COM to find a manufacturer/distributor near you! DO YOU WANT TO FIND A RECOGNIZED SOURCE FOR ALL OF YOUR COMPANY'S NEEDS? Encore Products 2020 West Front Street Statesville, NC 28677 1-800-873-4868 ©2017 Newell Brands PRINT READY foam board 7 surfaces CANVAS EMBOSSED CANVAS CORK DRY ERASE CHALKBOARD MIXED METALS EXTREME WHITE Made in America with Pride NEW WEBSITE! Call for Samples! 1-800-873-4868

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