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Lightbar print profiles now available online

Lightbar print profiles now available online


The latest media profiles for Lightbar print technology, which is marketed through the Partner Solutions Programme supported by Roland DG (UK), are now available to download from the Partner Solutions website.

The Partner Solutions developer responsible for Lightbar print technology, CSL Digital, is using its knowledge of inks, RIP software and the digital print process to produce an ever expanding library of finely tuned profiles that improve print quality, increase productivity and reduce ink consumption for owners of Lightbar printers and printer/cutters.

Nick Wintle, Managing Director of CSL Digital, commented:  “In addition to producing print profiles in-house, we’re actively working with media manufacturers, such as l 3M, Avery, Metamark, Hexis and Orafol to further expand the wide range of profiled media available to Lightbar users.  In addition, a number of these manufacturers are also subjecting Lightbar prints to accelerated ageing and weathering tests to independently validate the efficacy of their outdoor performance.”

Lightbar printers and printer/cutters exploit the latest advances in solvent-UV ink chemistry.  This unique ink formulation consists of UV curable colour pigments suspended in a minimal amount of solvent carrier.  The solvent is used to create an initial bond between the colour pigments and the media and the print then passes through a UV light unit and cures completely.  Bright, colour rich and extremely hard wearing, the resulting output is instantly usable and immediately durable, without the need for extra drying time or out gassing.

Regarding the question of lamination, Lightbar print technology makes it’s a matter of cosmetic preference rather than a practical necessity for all but the very toughest applications.

Nick Wintle continued: “On banner or self-adhesive vinyl, Lightbar print is absolutely perfect for sign and display work, while also setting a new industry benchmark for ease of use, handling and durability.  In my experience, the scratch and chemical resistance of the printed output is quite unprecedented and the elasticity of the ink is equally impressive.  Print only or print and cut on the same machine, Lightbar is fast becoming the ‘must have’ production partner for sign and display professionals.“

In addition to the vibrant appearance, convenience and outstanding durability of the print, companies investing in Lightbar technology have also been attracted by the financial incentive of lower ink costs.  Lightbar ink consumption is much lower than comparative print technologies using latex inks as the ratio of colour pigment to liquid carrier in Lightbar ink cartridges is significantly greater.  The extra volume of colour pigment delivers more square metres of print per cartridge and so offers much better value for money.

Media profiles for the Lightbar RF-640, the Lightbar VS-i series and the Lightbar SP-540i can be downloaded from the corresponding product pages on the Partner Solutions website.

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