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Vinyl Xpress installs Mimaki flatbed and wide-format printers plus a RollsRoller Application table

Vinyl Xpress, a Concord-Ontario-based leader in producing signage for businesses, trade shows and retailers since 2001, has installed a Mimaki UJV-160 flatbed printer and a Mimaki JV34-260 super-wide-format printer.

The company now has the ability to print sizes up to 104 inches wide. It has also added a flatbed vinyl application and lamination table from RollsRoller sold through All Graphic Supplies.

Vinyl Xpress specializes in standard prints, large backlit posters, vinyl banners and graphics for windows, floors and vehicles, to fabric prints and decals/logos/vinyl lettering, continually providing clients with high-visibility products. It serves major Canadian and international clients such as The Hudson’s Bay Company, Sears Canada and Levi’s.

Vinyl Xpress owners Arie (left) and Tal Kasimov.

“The stunning quality and unprecedented turnaround times of these machines are just our latest efforts to better serve a growing clientele with unlimited options,” said Vinyl Xpress’s co-owner Tal Kasimov.

The Mimaki UJV-160 LED UV curing inkjet printer prints on both rigid and roll-to-roll media, making it ideal for printing onto paper, vinyl, fabric, magnets, wood, plastic, steel, carpet, leather, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), boat sails, wood, glass and other substrates. It also features zero drying time and UV inks that inhibit ink cracking. The JV34-260 super-wide-format inkjet printer features up to 1440-dpi quality and speeds up to 30 m2/h.

Vinyl Xpress’s repertoire of wide-format printers also includes the Roland SOLJET digital printer/cutter that enables printing and contour cutting on coated and uncoated materials. The use of Eco-Sol ink produces prints that are both UV-resistant and scratch-resistant.

More information: www.vinylxpress.com.

Go Green with Digital Printing

Digital printing is a great way to be eco-friendly by lowering waste, harmful chemicals and pollutants. Start your environmental practices by optimizing the print production of your marketing materials. The growing trend of digital printing versus traditional offset printing illustrates that the public is becoming more conscious to environmentally-friendly practices in the way they do business.

Just like you, Vinyl Xpress is committed to reducing our carbon footprint. That’s why when it was time to add to our arsenal of printing powerhouses, the Mimaki UJV-160 caught our eye.

Designed to print on both rigid (up to 0.5”) and roll-to-roll materials, the Mimaki UJV-160 allows us to print on pretty much any surface including paper, vinyl, fabric, magnets, backlit, wood, plastic, steel, carpet and leather. Advanced breakthrough UV LED curing technology means that problems such deformation of media and cracking of inks are completely eliminated. And thanks to the small droplet size and super-efficient LED cure lamps, prints made using the Mimaki UJV-160 are 100% dry after leaving the printer. For our customers, that means faster turnaround times.

What’s more, the Mimaki UJV-160 does not generate any ozone or any other VOCs, helping to ensure both the safety of our machine operators and the health of the planet.

Digital printing lowers waste by reducing setup materials. Traditionally, the setup of an offset printing press would require 5-10% waste of paper just to get the colors registered (lined up) and up to acceptable densities to produce accurate color representation. This is due to the high speeds of the offset printing process. But, with the new on-demand digital printers, the first print out of the machine is an accurate representation of the entire print run.

Digital printing also is primarily a toner-based technology that uses oils or waxes to seal the ink to the paper. This technology doesn’t require chemicals as traditional lithography does in it’s printing process. Some toner manufacturers even boast that their inks are edible. This digital process results in less chemicals used for printing and less pollutants or hazardous waste as a byproduct.

In summary, if you want to be eco-conscious, a great place to start is with your marketing materials. Green printing or eco-friendly printing is a step in the right direction. You will reduce waste and toxins, while saving money because less resources are needed in the process of manufacturing your on-demand digital printing.

The Growth of Color Digital Printing

Once again, we’ve reached the New Year. It’s a time of renewal of spirit for us and inevitably, perhaps, it is a time to look forward and try to predict the future. In that respect, the printing industry is no different from any other. Insiders are looking for cues as to the next big thing, then sharing their newly formed opinions with the rest of us, peers and laypersons alike. The big prediction for printing in 2011? The continuing growth of the color digital printing industry.

Even Outsiders Look to Color Digital Printing

For paper mills, the sources of these predictions are clear, a recent survey done by InfoTrends suggests that color digital printing will drive cut size paper growth throughout the year and beyond. It predicts that coated papers will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 24.3% to reach 106 tons in 2014 and digital papers will grow 9.8% to 592 tons in 2014. These statistics are drawn from increased use of color digital printing as well as more color digital printing applications, which drive up demand for coated paper and digital optimized uncoated sheets as well.

What’s Driving the Predicted Growth?

The continued interest in color digital printing has been driven by the fact that the technology for this type of printing keeps improving. In fact it has been moving so quickly that it has become hard to keep up. Improving color digital printing options just makes sense—both for the printer and the consumer. It is already faster, more reliable, and less expensive than any competing technology out there. Best of all, it is only getting better as color digital printing applications in the real world become more and more sought after. Paper mills and other printing related industries are right to look to color digital printing when they make their predictions for the new year—all signs point to its continued growth and expansion.

More Ways to Green the Printing Process

The current worldwide concern with reducing our impact on the environment has not left the printing industry behind. Far from it, printers these days are more and more conscious of the demand for greener printing processes and supplies. As a result, their demand for better and greener equipment and options is also increasing. Manufacturers are listening and producing eco friendly printers, inks, and printing media. In the meantime, here are some of the ways that a printer can work to lessen their impact on the environment:

• Using energy efficient printing equipment. This does not just mean finding printer options with better energy options. It also means using machines that do not require extra energy using equipment—such as ventilation equipment or external dryers.

• Creating printed materials that are 100% recyclable. This requires careful attention to both printing medium and ink choice.

• Reducing or eliminating fumes. This also comes down to careful equipment choice, but more and more printers are designed with these concerns in mind.

• Choosing eco friendly inks. There are a number of factors that make for an eco friendly ink—it can be water soluable, pollutant free, non toxic, non flammable—anything that makes them safer to work with and dispose benefits the environment in the long run.

• Abide by green business printing measures. These include the recycling of all materials as well as duplex printing and other sensible conservation practices.

There are actually many different ways to make the printing industry more environmentally friendly. Because they recognize the importance of the issue, most companies are already hard at work on reducing their impact as well as their customers’. If you’re looking to make sure your print order are produced with as much environmental consciousness as possible, then ask your printer for suggestions. Your large format digital printer can help point you towards the best options.

Large Format Printing Takes Center Stage at Dubai Expo

Now that the New Year has started, the printing world is gearing up for the next big event: The Sign and Graphic Imaging (SGI) Middle East exhibition. The event, which will take place from January 24 to 26 2011, is hosted at the Airport Expo Dubai—which makes it uniquely suited to accommodate the transport and display of the latest large format digital printers.

The organizer, Abdul Rahman Falaknaz, points this out, stating that “One of the most unique attractions of SGI Middle East is the fact that the show can accommodate large format print machines . . . It is ideally located at Airport Expo Dubai which enables our exhibitors to fly in their products and set them up to run throughout the show. This is a great benefit to them and to the many buyers who visit SGI, and they get to see the very latest technology in operation.” Many companies from all over the world intend to do just that and the expo promises to hold the latest and greatest in large format digital printing technology. Attendees will include:

ADS—demonstrating Tekcel CNC routers from Australia, Graphtec cutting plotters from Japan, GCC laser engraving/cutting machines from Taiwan, and ITC CNC tools from the UK.

Giffin Graphics—showcasing items from the UK’s Durst portfolio such as Durst inkjet technology large format direct to media UV curing inkjet printers and Durst quadro array printhead technology.

Honaz—launching regional promotion of OTM wide format printers using Konica Heads and promoting Infiniti printers Xaar printheads, Copytrax CD printers, SA International Photoprint RIP software.

It will be a truly multicultural exploration and display of the latest and greatest in large format digital printer technology. Many of the attendees will be looking to either buy or sell this technology in the Middle Eastern region and all of them will be looking to explore the best the industry has to offer.

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