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Bringing creativity to life at Sign & Digital UK 2018

Bringing creativity to life at Sign & Digital UK 2018

With Sign & Digital UK using the theme ‘Bringing Creativity to Life’ this year, there is no better place for visitors to start their exhibition journey than the Colourgen stand.

 Colourgen’s Business Development Manager, Phil Donoghue, commented: “With recent developments in this area, such as more flexible inks and the huge range of substrates and printable blanks now available, creativity is the key business argument for signmakers to discover how the technology can benefit them. It’s all about offering customers more choice, expanding signmakers’ portfolio of services and adding more creative options to those services too.

The level of investment required to enter new markets is relatively low these days and Mutoh’s LED UV printers, which are very easy to operate, provide a host of application opportunities.”

 Visitors to Stand L42 will be able to see two of Mutoh’s LED UV printers, the ValueJet 426UF (A3+) and the ValueJet 1638UH (64” flatbed and roll to roll).

The Mutoh ValueJet 426UF A3+ desktop printer is ideal for the production of gadgets, such as phone cases and key rings, but can also be used to create industrial labelling, bespoke signage and creative image applications.

DecTek in South Wales uses the ValueJet 426UF and offers two services, one where the customer provides the product for DecTek to print and the other where DecTek produces polyurethane, resin-coated products printed for branding, marketing and advertising purposes. Mike Beese, DecTek’s Managing Director, explained: ‘We produce industrial labels and industrial signs on the VJ-426UF as well as printing on to promotional products, such as computer mice, poker chips and highlighter pens.”

Another user of the ValueJet 426UF is IPS Graphics, a bespoke industrial printing company which produces labels, nameplates, membrane switch panels and industrial graphics, most of which are printed onto polyester and polycarbonate films.

The bigger brother of the VJ-426UF is the new ValueJet VJ-626UF*, six-colour (CMYK, White, Varnish) A2-size flatbed LED UV printer, which can be used to print onto a  wide variety of solid materials and objects up to a thickness of 150 mm (5.9”).

An optional rotary system enables the ValueJet 626UF to print on to cylindrical objects with a diameter up to 120mm and a length of 360mm.

Offering a bed size of 594 x 483mm, the printer is targeted at those producing short-run personalisation of gifts and gadgets, packaging prototypes, awards, specialty industrial items, labels, decals, signs and more.

Taking it up a step, the Mutoh ValueJet Hybrid models VJ1638 UH and VJ1626 UH (64” wide, dual head/single head) can print onto both roll and rigid materials, which opens up a host of opportunities. In addition, all models are available with flexible ink, making them an even more attractive proposition.

They can be used to produce exceptionally high-quality graphics for short viewing distances, such as exhibition graphics, POS/POP, customised interior decoration, artwork, small lot packaging prototypes, banners and posters. Varnish and white inks are supplied at the same price as CMYK inks for use with transparent or non-white substrates enabling the user to create special print effects and multi-layer printing for output with high added value.

Uniquely, one of the biggest benefits of Intelligent Interweaving, the proprietary Mutoh print technology, is the reduction of the curing structure in the ink layer and gloss banding suppression. This is especially noticeable with difficult solids and certain colours and offers the signmaker predictable and repeatable output quality. Mutoh ValueJet users will be able to print high-quality images in the shortest possible time, which is key when entering a new market.

For further information on Colourgen, visit: www.colourgen.com

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