With S-Series, Epson Delivers “Fastest Solvent Printers Out There”

While some in the industry may have typically used Epson printers for photographic, graphic arts and proofing needs, the introduction of the new SureColor S-Series machines have started to shift how people think of Epson in the signage printer realm.

“You can print non-stop, two to three times the speed you would normally print in comparison to prior generations or even other technologies,” says LexJet’s tech expert Michael Clementi. “Right now, these are the fastest solvent printers out there.”

The video above, produced by Epson, explains how the new Epson SureColor S40600, Epson SureColor S60600 and Epson SureColor S80600 64-inch solvent printers are geared to provide a wide variety of solutions, with the ability to print adhesive vinyl, banners, canvas, stickers, labels, package proofing and backlit.

“And not only have they sped up production, but they’ve increased the quality of the print as well, with the new ink formulas and printheads,” Clementi says.

“If your main business is banners and adhesive vinyl, there’s no doubt you should own one of these printers.”

To read more in-depth about these printers, available from LexJet, see these blogs:

Pro Advice: 3 Top Tips for Installing Long-Lasting Window Graphics

Windows present an opportunity for high-impact advertising space. They also make the first impression for customers entering a place of business. Battling the elements, like rain and dirt, can really take a toll on how printed graphics look on a window, especially when using a perforated media.

In the video above, we tapped long-time printer and installer Keith Bernard of Road Signs in Sarasota, Fla., to share some tips and tricks he’s learned over the years while printing and installing window graphics. For example, the need to use a laminate with a perforated vinyl.

“If you ever look at the holes during a rainstorm on a non-laminated window perf, and they fill up with water, you can’t see out because of the water that’s built up in there,” says.

In the video, he offers his top tips on how to print and finish perforated window graphics, and other options for clean, long-lasting, vibrant window displays.

These three products are featured in this educational video:

Get the Best Results When You Hire an Installer

If you outsource your wide-format graphic installations, you may think that bringing an installer in at the end of the process to do that last part of the job makes sense, but installer Greg Schopmeyer of Greg Schopmeyer Enterprises in Tarpon Springs, Fla., says that could be a devastating mistake for the project.

With a 30-year career under his belt, Schopmeyer has worked on all sides of the print business, from screen printing to transit advertising to all forms of installation, which he solely focuses on now. He’s paired a wide variety of media with the surfaces they need to be installed on — from the windows to the walls and beyond.

“In a perfect world, the installer would be involved at the very beginning, when the printer is bidding on the job,” Schopmeyer says, because an experienced installer will bring ideas on which media will work best for the project, how the media can be attached, what stipulations there might be on the job and different types of hardware that can be used with the chosen media.

“We’re the final line,” he says. “If you print on the wrong stuff and it’s not working, it doesn’t make any of us look good.”

Some of the key things Schopmeyer needs to know when coming into a job include:

  • Location
  • Measurements
  • Customer expectations
  • Required longevity of the graphic
  • How it will be paneled
  • If he needs the graphic printed with a bleed

“I’ve been in the industry such a long time, and I’ve done a lot of crazy different installs,” Schopmeyer says. “You have to be able to look at all the perameters when planning to do a job. Along the way, I’ve figured out processes for how to make things work. And the most important thing is: Get the installer involved as soon as you can with any sort of project.”

Take a look below at the gallery of installation jobs Schopmeyer has worked on in recent years.

Looking for Canvas? We’ve Got a Full Line of Products In Stock

Having trouble finding the right canvas? LexJet has lots of options in stock to breathe new life into your canvas-printing business. We’ve got a full line of canvas options for high-volume and consistent production of fine art, photographic and commercial graphics.

In our portfolio of LexJet Sunset and Sunset by Fredrix canvases, you’ll find a variety of finishes and textures that are in stock and ready to ship. LexJet is also the exclusive source for Fredrix canvases within the United States.

We’ve got many archival-quality canvases that are acid-free and pH-neutral, as well as OBA-free options. In fact, our Sunset by Fredrix Matte Canvas is now certified by Wilhelm Imaging Research to last up to and beyond 200 years.

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Here’s what some of our customers have said about using products from LexJet canvas line:

  • “We’ve tried a lot of canvas materials, and Sunset Production Gloss Canvas SUV was clearly the best material. Most of the canvas material we’ve tried, if you rubbed it or looked at it wrong, the ink would fall off of it, and when you stapled the canvas, it would tear, which was a big problem. This stuff is great, and it’s inexpensive.”   — Phil Crawford, Berea Printing
  • Sunset by Fredrix Satin Canvas SUV is the best canvas to date. Our color came out perfect; we have never seen a truer white hue before.  We have received numerous customer compliments, so they can definitely see the difference. Thank you for helping our business produce the highest quality at the best price.”   — Zach Gardynski, New Era Portfolio

Whether you print with aqueous, latex, solvent or UV ink, you’ll find a canvas that’s right for your next gallery wrap, framed or mounted canvas project. Call LexJet today at 800-453-9538 to learn more about our complete line of canvas media.

VIDEOS: Top Tips for Using Canon’s iPF Series Print Plug-in

Today’s tips and tricks blog relates to printing shortcuts for the Canon iPF Series Print Plug-in. We created a series of quick videos to walk you through each process, which include universal page set ups, setting paper presets, using the adjustment pattern setting and printing borderless and with no spaces.

Universal Page Set Ups: Get away from doing a different page set up for every image printed.  This tip is particularly helpful when using roll media through any Canon printer.  When you are using the “No Spaces Top or Bottom” button you can make Universal Page sizes for the common roll widths you use.  Watch this video to see how.

Setting Up a Paper Preset: Learn how to create presets for your materials.  If you are switching between several different products like canvas to photo paper to banner, you can set individual one-click presets for each one.  Watch this video to learn more.

Using the Print Adjustment Pattern:  Have you had your image come out too dark, too magenta or in any way different than what appears on your screen? Use this tool to help you dial it in so that adjustments made can be used for any print moving forward without adjusting your actual file attributes.  Here’s a video to help you.

Use Borderless and No Spaces: Eliminate space on the top or bottom to produce a print that is trimmed all four sides borderless. Here’s how.

Pull Them in With Printable Magnetic Sheeting

After much anticipation and customer demand, LexJet now offers inkjet printable magnet sheeting from our partners at Magnum Magnetics.

“I was very impressed with the magnets,” says Rick Bebar of Fast Print, Ottawa, Ill., who used DigiMag Gloss for 500 3-x-5-inch magnets, pictured above. “I really liked the way they looked – the colors turned out great.”