The State of Finishing and Beyond – My Graphics Guru


The State of Finishing and Beyond

Posted by Neschen Americas on March 13, 2012 at 1:43pm

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The State of Finishing and Beyond

By Angie Mohni, V.P. Marketing, Neschen Americas

With the technological advances being made in ink used with large format printers, the question that begs an answer is; is finishing really necessary? The answer is a resounding yes!

Despite advances in ink (Solvent, Eco-Solvent, UV, Latex etc.) finishing is still necessary for two very important reasons, protection and enhancement of the image. While inks are indeed adding longevity to images, finishing these images can add an almost indestructible layer of protection to an image while at the same time actually enhancing color.

Manufacturers of laminates are constantly improving the adhesives used along with the film itself. Water-based adhesives are being use where solvent-based adhesive once were. Films are becoming not only better at beating back the suns UV components, but also in adding unique properties like anti-graffiti.

In addition, new adhesives are being developed that allow for unique applications such as wall graphics, re-positionable windows graphics and more. Of course a good laminator is needed to apply these new films.

Laminators themselves are also being moved forward in technology so that while still needed for applying films and adhesives to substrates, they are also being used in more unique applications, such as circuit boards, lamp shades, lenticular signage and more. This requires the makers of said equipment to re-think the possibilities for laminators. Alterations in length, how pressure is applied and controlled and even how media is loaded are now being made a part of the laminator technology advancements.

In addition to all of the above, due to the economic stresses in the marketplace today, manufactures are finding ways to improve film, adhesives and laminators while saving costs. No doubt the engineers are, at this moment, brain-storming in anticipation of the next exciting release of a printer or ink technology.

The bottom-line? Stay tuned for the release of some very interesting products in the next few months.

via The State of Finishing and Beyond – My Graphics Guru.

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