The Advantages of LED UV Curing Lamps

Jim Hingst explains how UV inkjet systems utilizing LED curing lamps differ from inkjet printers utilizing traditional UV curing lamps. 

UV ink cures when it is exposed to UV light. In this curing process, the photo initiators in the ink absorb the UV energy and break down into reactive components that initiate the polymerization process.

Polymerization is the chemical process in which the smaller monomers and oligomers bond together to form the much larger polymer molecules.  As the smaller molecules polymerize, they entrap the pigments, which give the ink its color and the additives in the cured solid inks.

The differences between UV inkjet systems are the ink formulations and the types of curing lamps used. Traditional UV lamps emit a broad spectrum of UV light. By comparison, the band of UV light which LED curing systems is much narrower. The ink formulations for both types of inkjet printers must be matched to the light source in order for polymerization to occur. Read more »

How to Apply Vinyl Graphics to Banners

Application of graphics to vinyl banner material requires slightly different surface preparation and application techniques than other applications. What follows is a compilation of some suggestions to make your job easier. Secure the Banner. Before applying pressure-sensitivevinyl graphics, tape or secure the banner to your work table surface using good quality, two-inch masking tape or by […] Read more »

Comparing Heat Transfer Films with Screen Printed Graphics

A high quality polyurethane heat transfer film will outlast a screen printed garment hands down. In fact, if you properly process and care for a polyurethane heat transfer, the applique should last the life of the garment.  We all know what happens to a screen printed shirt after a dozen washes.  Plastisol inks crack. By […] Read more »

Hemming Vinyl Banner Material

Sewing is the traditional way to hem the edges of a vinyl banner. Today, you have many other alternative finish methods. Many of these methods are just as reliable as sewing and require less skill. These include banner tape, adhesives, chemical welding, heat welding and RF welding. Each finishing method has its own advantages and […] Read more »

The Fast Growing Fabric Banner Market

This story is an excerpt from an article which appeared in Sign Builder Illustrated magazine in 2006. Although digitally-printed textiles currently represent a very small segment of the signage market, manufacturers see the potential of this fast growing market and have invested in developing top coated fabrics for solvent, ecosolvent and UV inkjet printers. While many of […] Read more »

Netflix converts hundreds of coffee shops into ‘Gilmore Girls’ diners with QuickMOUNT

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Netflix uses QuickMOUNT from Supply55 to covert hundreds of coffee shops into ‘Gilmore Girls’ diners giving fans an extra perk with their morning coffee on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016. More than 200 coffee shops across the country transformed into replicas of Luke’s Diner, the show’s familiar eatery, to promote the series’ revival on Netflix this […] Read more »

What Is Post Cure of UV Curable Inks?

Exposure to UV light initiates the chemical reaction that causes the ingredients of a UV curable ink to bond together.  Exposure in the curing unit doesn’t a completely cure the ink though. In fact, only about 90% of the chemical reaction is complete.  This chemical reaction that the UV light initiates can continue and the […] Read more »

Supply55 SGIA Las Vegas Booth 2124

Supply55 will be exhibiting at SGIA Las Vegas September 14 – 16, 2016, booth number 2124. Stop by our booth to see the full product line; Guardian Calender, BannerPRO, ReelPRO, Guardian Laminators and Prime Sublimation Transfer Paper. In addition to our current product offering we will be featuring an exciting new fabric printing application targeted at […] Read more »

Guardian Laminator Price Reduction

Effective September 1, 2016 and running through December 28, 2016, Supply55, Inc. is pleased to announce promotinal pricing on Guardian 65” Cold and Heat Assist laminators. Part Number Description MSRP Promotional MSRP 55-LM1650CL01 Guardian 65” Cold Laminator $5,495.00 $4,995.00 55-LM1650HA01 Guardian 65” Heat Assist Laminator $6,495.00 $5,995.00 Guardian Laminators are an affordable, easy to use solution […] Read more »

Color Concepts

When you are learning about color, three concepts that you will need to grasp and add to your vocabulary are: hue, value and saturation. Hue is synonymous with the color itself, such as blue, green, yellow, orange, red.  On a color wheel, the yellow, blue and red are described as the primary colors. Value describes the […] Read more »