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Making Ink Stick

Making Ink Stick

Before inkjet became the dominant printing process, screen printing was the only segment in the world of printing that could and does print on practically anything. During this time, most printing was done on some form of paper, where adhesion and durability were not primary factors in ink and substrate performance. The commercial screen printing industry began as a short-run process to reproduce images on paper and paper board substrates.
Sign companies adopted screen printing because it allowed them to use the same enamel paints they used on metal and wood substrates to create durable exterior graphics or signs in multiple quantities to supplement a product line of one-off handpainted signs. Even though these signs were printed and not brush painted, they were expected to have the same exterior durability. This was the beginning of the durable graphics market in printing.
The real monumental change took place in the 1950s, when plastics became available and affordable for signage. The plastics industry developed and plastics began to be used in every application imaginable. As soon as products were made out of plastics, there was a need to imprint functional and decorative images on the plastics. This led to the need for different inks. Inks for plastics all needed to adhere to plastics, but while some needed to be rigid on certain plastics, and others needed to be highly flexible. Some products required abrasion resistance, some chemical resistance, and some resistance to nuclear blasts (an infrequent request for Nazdar). After 50 or more years, we have a screen printing ink industry where there are 30 to 40 different types of inks made by several ink manufacturers in an effort to meet all these needs.

Friday, May 4, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (596)/Comments (0)/
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Roland TrueVIS print & cut solutions exceed quality and cost expectations

Roland TrueVIS print & cut solutions exceed quality and cost expectations

Roland DG Corporation, a leading supplier of digital print technologies with more than 35 years’ manufacturing expertise, will present live ‘print & cut without compromise’ demonstrations on its award-winning TrueVIS eco-solvent printer/cutter range at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 on booth B20, hall 2.2.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (537)/Comments (0)/
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What You Missed: Roland’s ‘Born to Wrap’ Workshop

What You Missed: Roland’s ‘Born to Wrap’ Workshop

Training tips and tricks for car wrapping.

Matt Richart and Dallas Fowler, co-owners of Louisville, Kentucky’s Digital EFX Wraps, hosted a two-day Roland DGA “Born to Wrap – Basics and Beyond” workshop in April. The class, sponsored by Avery Dennison, is part of a nationwide series aimed at graphic designers, production managers, print operators, graphics installers, and shop owners looking to expand their businesses. Big Picture’s associate editors attended Day One of the training to learn all about vinyl wrapping in the classroom and on the shop floor.


Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (774)/Comments (0)/
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SGIA Market Research: Digital Printing Set to Grow in Packaging

SGIA Market Research: Digital Printing Set to Grow in Packaging

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and market research firm Keypoint Intelligence recently surveyed 147 North American packaging converters to learn where the market is now in its adoption of digital print technology for packaging and to gain insight into its future.
Friday, April 20, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (518)/Comments (0)/
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The Sussex Sign Company sees no reason to change from Nazdar Inks

The Sussex Sign Company sees no reason to change from Nazdar Inks

The Sussex Sign Company, based in Brighton, provides a comprehensive range of professional graphic design facilities, signage and vehicle livery products. The company was formed in 1995 and has established an excellent reputation for quality, reliability and professionalism that extends throughout the south.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (620)/Comments (0)/
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Dye Sub Printers: Creation with Sublimation

Dye Sub Printers: Creation with Sublimation

Most sign industry professionals are already familiar with screen printing and digital printing to some extent, but may not be fully up to speed on the ins and outs of the dye-sublimation printing process.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (478)/Comments (0)/
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Specialty Printing Moves Toward the Mainstream

Specialty Printing Moves Toward the Mainstream

Michael Johnson, VP of Marketing for Nazdar Source One, a distributor to the wide-format printing market, talks to Richard Romano at last month’s ISA Sign Expo about the business opportunities and profitability potential in specialty printing—printing on water bottles and other kinds of promotional materials.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (497)/Comments (0)/
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Cold Weather Installation

Cold Weather Installation

The winter months and colder temperatures create a multitude of problems for vinyl installers. Therefore it is important that we explain some of the physical characteristics of both the film and the substrate that are affected by these colder temperatures.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (463)/Comments (0)/
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How to Avoid Screen Pinholes

How to Avoid Screen Pinholes

Screen printers face a variety challenges, but there is a solution for every issue; you just have to know where to look.
Pinholes represent a common screen-printing issue. They are a stencil defect that reduces production efficiency and print quality. These imperfections in the stencil are tiny, transparent dots that appear in the screens after exposure. Printers who battle pinholes spend more time and money trying to complete a job.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (447)/Comments (0)/
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Flexpress buys EFI Pro 16h LED Hybrid Wide-Format Printer

Flexpress buys EFI Pro 16h LED Hybrid Wide-Format Printer

Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has announced that Flexpress has purchased an EFI Pro 16h LED hybrid flatbed/roll inkjet printer from authorized EFI distributor Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
With its new acquisition, the Dallas-based digital printing company can broaden its local and national customer base by offering a much greater range of high-quality signage and graphics work.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (468)/Comments (0)/
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