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Basics for Print shops: Solvent printers


It is a reality that solvent printers are one of our first options at the moment of wanting to buy printing equipment for our business, many times we make this decision based on more accessible prices, the ease of finding materials that are better suited to this type of printers, etc.

One of the main topics is the use and correct handling of ink, because of the temperature, the viscosity, the humidity of the environment, the correct way to store it.

So I will share some tips that may be important:

The temperature:

The temperature has a great influence on the performance of the inks, greatly modifying the relationship between the applied force and the response of the liquid. The higher the temperature of the ink, the less viscosity it has. Therefore, when reaching extreme temperatures, the ink loses chemical stability causing a bad fixation on the substrate. It is important to take into account our country of residence and how exposed our material will be to the climate, to see how both the media and the inks will react in this environment and to obtain the best results.

Common materials and applications:

We must be clear about what kind of service we are going to offer our clients, and know what the capacity of our printers and their components are, so that the solvent printers specialize in:

  • Labels and decals
  • Banners
  • Signs
  • Vehicle wrap
  • Posters and backlit displays
  • Wall graphics
  • Fine art and photos

This applications you can keep in mind for the next time offer something to your clients. Source: FLAAR-REPORTS Archive.

Throughout our experience and what we have seen in recent trade shows, there are specialized teams handling solvent printing production: some of them designing and preparing the layouts and final artwork, cutting and printing and specializing in both indoor and outdoor advertising, as well as support in the artistic area.


Technical and Physical Requirements

Work and manipulation area

As we discussed earlier, the main reason to buy solvent printers is to make large indoor and outdoor advertising, so the physical space should be large. Some things to take into account are:

  • Space to turn and load the rolls of media to the printer.
  • At the moment that the printing is coming out it is important that it is lays out flat so that it finishes drying the ink to later roll it up.
  • Another important point would be to have a table or a support area to be able to manipulate the prints that will still go through a finishing process.

Odor Extraction

Solvent print shops should have sufficient ventilation to reduce employee exposure to chemical and solvent vapors. Remember that most solvents used in printing have vapors that are heavier than air, which means that vapor extraction must be done at the level of the floor and not the ceiling. Extraction at the roof level can, in reality, increase the general exposure to hazardous vapors, since it attracts solvent gases from the ground level and through the “breathing area” into the ventilator.

Disposal of hazardous waste

  1. Know the regulations in your area.
  2. Follow accepted rules and procedures to identify, manage and minimize hazardous waste on site.
  3. Follow the waste storage standards during accumulation. All containers of hazardous waste materials should be stored in accordance to health and safety regulations.
  4. Properly label all waste. Hazardous waste containers must have complete information to clearly identify the contents of the container.
  5. Develop a contingency plan to respond to an emergency.
  6. Train all employees involved to “become familiar with the proper handling of waste and emergency procedures.”

Choose an authorized hazardous waste transporter.


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