A selection of great wide format related articles from around the globe
Vehicle Wraps: Beyond the Installation
By Rick Hartwig, EHS Specialist - Government & Business Information, SGIA for SignIndustry.com (USA)
The first time I observed a car getting wrapped was impressive. The car was transformed to a completely different color in one session, then in another session the crew installed graphics, logos and images.
Part 1 of a 3 part series in SGIA Journal written by Aurora staff on the Evolving Soft Signage Market.
The global printing industry has changed dramatically over the past decade. Where vinyl, plastic and paper were once the primary substrates of choice for signage, textiles have begun to take center stage.
Part 2 of a 3 part series in SGIA Journal written by Aurora staff on the Evolving Soft Signage Market.
Part 3 of a 3 part series in SGIA Journal written by Aurora staff on the Evolving Soft Signage Market.
Six Big Mistakes That Aspiring Wide-Format Printers Can Make
By Richard Romano for WhatTheyThink magazine (USA)
Wide-format and specialty and specialty printing are where a lot of the action is today. But expanding into these new areas is not without its pitfalls. Here are some worth avoiding.
Wide-format Printing: Optimizing colour management
By Bart Fret for Sign Media (Canada)
For a long time, colour management was only seldom used in large-format printing. Sign shop personnel would linearize and then send their cyan, magenta, yellow and key/black (CMYK) jobs to their digital printers. As such, they relied on these devices’ printable gamut, but this led to issues with colour consistency and repeatability.
Suppliers Take Automated Wide-Format Printing to the Next Level
By Bill Schiffner for Signindustry.com
The evolution in automation and workflow integration of wide-format printing can lower labor and production costs, as well as the ability to produce more short-run jobs with a quicker turn-around time and in a more cost effective manner.
China: The Second-Largest Advertising Market
Big Picture magazine (USA)
InfoTrends recently dove into the Chinese wide-format printing market in anticipation of the 2017 Shanghai International Ad & Sign Expo. Estimates from eMarketer say the total advertising market spending in 2016 in the world’s most populous nation amounted to $78 billion. Roughly 7 percent of that – $5.5 billion – was spent on print. OOH advertising, the third-largest media type in China, is predicted to grow around 4 percent in the next two years.
Eco-Solvents: A Vibrant Alternative
by Mike Antoniak for Printingnews.com (USA)
“Many people are unaware of the incredible versatility of eco-solvent printers and inks and all the different types of output they can produce,” says Roland DGA’s Lily Hunter. Case in point: this retail store window banner printed on a Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 using Eco-Sol MAX 2 inks.
Rolling Out the New Year - Rundown of Rollfed Wide-Format Systems
By Richard Romano, WhatTheyThink magazine (USA)
As we plunge headlong into 2017, let’s kick off the year, as we traditionally do, with a look at the current roll-to-roll printer landscape. Next week, we’ll look at flatbed printers.
Ask the Experts
By Adrienne Palmer for Big Picture magazine USA
6 digital print specialists respond to the current state of the industry and reveal what we should expect in 2017
Tips for Maintaining a Clean Printing Environment
From Digital Print Media magazine
Keeping your print facility clean provides a variety of benefits. High levels of particulate matter such as air borne dust mites can damage or shorten the life of equipment and negatively affect the quality of prints. We have compiled a short list of items that can help keep air clean in your printing facility.
An interview with Rainer Gebhardt, by Steve Duccilli for Big Picture magazine (USA)
Visitors to drupa’s Innovation Park were surprised to see a collection of realistic seashells ranging in size from a half inch to more than 5 feet tall, all 3D printed in a variety of materials from plastic to metal.
MIS: Is Your System Working For You or Against You?
By Carol Andersen, Chairman, Enterprise Print Management Solutions for SignIndustry.com (USA)
Implementing print management systems is not a democratic activity. What you need to become is a dictator to ensure proper implementation.
Understanding the basic pros and cons of dye sub printing
Magnus Mighall of RA Smart (UK) for Graphic Display World (UK)
Dye sublimation is the most versatile textile digital printing process and while it is not suitable for every textile substrate, it is certainly the best route for signage professionals to dip their toe in the world of printed textiles, and potentially other rigid materials with the same hardware. Here textile printing expert Magnus Mighall of R A Smart explains how.