Encad embraces environment with VinylJet 36

The new VinylJet, according to Encad, is the first direct-to-vinyl outdoor printing solution that does not use a solvent-based ink. According to Gary Smith of Starleaton, the AquaVinyl Technology (AVT) utilised in this printer enables water-based inks to produce UV-durable, water-resistant images onto uncoated vinyl.

“The main think with this printer is the new inkset, that is 75 per cent water and 25 per cent solvent, of which only 0.3 per cent can be considered harmful to the environment,” says Smith.
“The printer is still able to print at 600dpi and print vibrant colours at a cheaper price than its competitors. There is also no need for ventilation or a special room to house the printer.”

According to Encad, the printer comes with a three-year outdoor guarantee on its output, and is ideal for printers who are producing runs up to 35,000 square feet of vinyl per year.

Also on stand alongside the VinylJet was the AquaSeal AS 1600 liquid laminator, which has been designed with outdoor inkjet applications, such as the Vinyljet, in mind. According to Smith, it is capable of producing fast and uniform lamination on dye based images printed on waterproof stock, proving popular in protecting vinyl signage on trucks.

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