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TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENTS
Not surprisingly, improvements in ink
technology and printing equipment
have been game changers for the fabric
signage market.
" The biggest driver was demand
from companies like ours to our
equipment manufacturers to produce
equipment that provided higher print
quality, improved production speed, at
larger format sizes and with improved
reliability, " says Hite. " We've converted
everything fabric related to disperse
inks, which is still the predominant
ink platform for the fabric graphic
business. There is some direct latex
and UV, but you don't get the same
hand you get when sublimating
products that you do when you are
direct printing. However, we still do
some direct inkjet printing to fabric
with UV, and with the reduced size
ink droplet on our equipment, it
has allowed us to do more and have
acceptable results.
" There's been a lot of development
in ink relative to color, color fastness,
color intensity, hue saturation, " says
Hite. " Products are continuing to
get better and better, and it's going
to continue to get easier and easier.
There is still a certain level of subject
matter expertise required when dealing
with fabrics because fabrics aren't as
dimensionally stable as some of the
traditional substrates that printers use. "
It's much easier getting
soft signage to the
end customer. Ease of
use is the number one
selling point.
Craig Campbell
International Sign
Association
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