Introducing: NEW Sunset SUV Fine Art Paper

In response to demand in the market, we’re exciting to announce the new Sunset SUV Fine Art Paper 210g, a heavy-weight option for quality fine and photography reproduction that’s compatible with eco-solvent, solvent and UV ink technologies. This new-to-the-market SUV-compatible fine art paper is available in the U.S. and Canada.

Print houses that choose technology other than aqueous have had a difficult time finding a quality fine art paper that delivers exceptional results on their chosen printer technology. Our product development team at Sunset has delivered the answer with Sunset SUV Fine Art Paper 210g.

This new paper is an ideal option for large-volume fine art décor printers looking for a cost-conscious option that also has on-point quality. Our team at the LexJet Experience Center ran the paper on the Epson SureColor S80600, and reported excellent color reproduction and overall results.

Product Highlights:

  • Heavy-weight, natural white matte surface
  • Acid- and lignin-free for archiving
  • Soft-textured etching surface
  • Applications: art reproductions, fine-art photography, large-volume décor printing

To learn more about this product, and for help with printer profiles, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538.

Get Gridiron-ready with September Webinars

Kick off fall with our free webinar series for HP Latex and Canon PRO-Series printers. John Stevens, one of the industry’s leading latex specialists, tackles your questions about bringing HP Latex technology in-house.

Later in the month, Pete Wright, an award-winning photographer, shows you how to score a touchdown when printing with the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-Series. Attend one of the webinars and receive additional savings with the purchase of a qualified printer. Sign up today because space is limited.

HP Latex Webinar: Join us for the free HP Latex printer technology webinar on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. ET. Attend and you will receive LOI savings on an HP Latex 315 Print & Cut Bundle, HP Latex 335 Print & Cut Bundle, an HP Latex 560 or HP Latex 570. SIGN UP NOW

Canon PRO-Series Webinar: Join us Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 11 a.m. ET to learn about the features of the Canon PRO-Series printers and software, as well as print applications. Attendees will receive an additional 5% off their PRO-Series printer purchase. SIGN UP NOW

Don’t miss a special 2-day Onyx Certification course ($350/person) Sept. 24 – 25 and the LexJet Experience Open House (free) on Sept. 26. SIGN UP NOW

Sign up online or call one of our printer specialists at 800-453-9538 for additional information.

Introducing: Sunset Hot Press & Cold Press 100% Cotton Papers

When a photographer captures a particular image, there’s a moment when the vision becomes reality – and it’s in that instant when the photograph is printed. Before that, it’s just a concept. It’s the print that matters.

Sunset Hot Press Smooth Bright White 300g

To help the artist’s story come to life, we’re introducing two new 100% cotton papers to create that final desired effect.

Both of these new papers are compatible with aqueous inks, and are acid-free for long print life. They’re ideal for photography, art reproductions, unframed cards or high-end, customized home décor.

And while the quality of these papers can go head-to-head with other fine art options on the market, they are priced very competitively.

“We’re addressing the high-demand for papers like these while also addressing the highest quality concerns at a very attractive price,” says LexJet VP of Sales, Justin Lehman. “These are the finest options for photographers or artists who are putting a lot of emotion into their work. These are for anyone who’s printing because it truly matters.”

To learn more about how to create high-end visual impact using these new Sunset papers, call a LexJet print specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

A Welcome Addition: HP Clear Gloss Cast Overlaminate

Late last year, LexJet introduced the HP Adhesive vinyl line to the industry at SGIA and the response from customers has been fantastic. Earlier this year, HP Prime Matte Air GR was added to the portfolio. It offers the same imaging quality as the Prime Matte Air GP, but with a gray removable adhesive.

Increasing variety to its overlaminate line, HP announced the addition of Clear Gloss Cast Overlaminate earlier this month. “The new cast laminate is a way for print service providers to see an increase in profitability on box trucks with rivets as well as fleet graphics,” says Tiffany Liashek, National Accounts specialist. “The new overlaminate provides significant cost savings to comparable products. As much as $200 per roll, in some cases.”

Partnering HP Optimal Gloss Air GRP with the new cast laminate, gives PSPs have a total graphics solution for around $0.92/sf. Liashek eases concerns of mixing the calendered Optimal with the cast laminate. “If the laminate is a higher quality vinyl than the printed vinyl, you can mix it. But you never want to use a calendered laminate on a cast vinyl. That’s when shrinkage and edge curl can occur,” she says.

In the past, when an installer heard “calendered vinyl,” he expected that product would be lower quality when compared with cast vinyl, but manufacturing and adhesive technology have improved. “The terms ’cast’ and ‘calendered’ should now be thought of as the way the film is made, not an indicator of quality,” Liashek says. “With calendered film now offering the same or better durability, finish and appearance as many cast films, the only remaining factor is the cost.”

Often, customers want to know which laminate is right for them. To help them choose, Liashek asks some important questions: “To make sure that I offer the right solution, I ask where the graphic will be displayed? What is the temperature like? Is there a lot of sunshine? Is it a vertical or horizontal surface application?” she says. “How they answer these questions will determine if they should consider a cast overlaminate.” The HP cast overlaminate offers protection against abrasions, heat and UV rays, and is extremely conformable. It also adds longevity to underlying graphics, with 10-year durability.

With the newest addition to the portfolio, PSPs can provide high-quality, durable results at a reasonable cost. “Any experienced installer can use calendered vinyl, and he knows when it will be more economical,” Liashek says. “That means an educated consumer can save a lot of money without sacrificing quality.”

Call a LexJet specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com to stay up to date with the latest information on additional products to the HP Adhesive Vinyl portfolio.

Four-Part Series: HP Latex Printer Accessories

Part Four – Caring for Your Latex Spindles

In the final edition of our latex tips and tricks series, HP Latex Specialist Timothy Mitchell offers some suggestions for spindle care as well as helpful hints for endcap placement that can resolve some common problems like paper recognition or “roll walking.”

Whether you have the 3-inch aluminum spindle for the Latex 365 or the smaller, adjustable core spindle for the Latex 115/315/335 family, Mitchell doesn’t recommend leaning the spindles against the printer when they are not in use. “It’s easy for the bottom to slip and it hits the ground and gets damaged,” he says. “Take care of them, I use beanbags on top of the printer to rest the spindles.”

Taking care of the endcaps and core adapters is also essential. There are locking mechanisms in place to keep the roll steady during printing that can loosen over time due to improper use. The tension is lost, rolls can slip or “walk.” If you have ever received a notification that the media was rejected or not recognized by the printer, it could be that the endcap is loose and the paper is not properly aligned in the printer.

“If you are doing long runs, using the take-up roll, the endcap needs to be secure and flush against the core,” Mitchell says. “If it gets loose, the media could slide with it. Making sure it’s stable is key.”

Mitchell also has some suggestions for the spindle with the adjustable core. “If you are completely committed to printing on 3-inch core product, you can permanently attach the core adapter with heavy-duty glue,” he says. You will want to ensure the glue doesn’t affect the latch if you choose to create a permanent 3-inch core.

Watch the video above to see Mitchell explain the best ways to keep your spindle and endcaps in working order, leading to a smooth latex workflow.

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Four-Part Series: HP Latex Printer Accessories

Part Three – Custom Butterfly Edge Guards for HP Latex Printers

HP Latex Specialist Timothy Mitchell works with many different brands and types of media, providing him the unique opportunity to help printer operators find answers to some recurring issues – head strike or media curling, to name a few – that may occur.

Mitchell noticed that when he printed on high-intensity prismatic or reflective media and other heavy-duty products that retain curl, the edge guards weren’t properly holding the print in place as it was feeding through, causing it to raise up and contact with the carriage. When that happens, the image can be damaged, which means the graphic must be reprinted.

Reprints are a waste of media, ink and time. Mitchell found that creating a double – or butterfly – edge guard means the media stays closer to the platen, reducing the chance that the print will come in contact with the carriage.

“The reflective films tend to be expensive and when they go through the printer, I don’t want to waste anything,” he says. “They tend to curl a little. I need a little more strength to hold them down after they go through the original edge guards.”

In the video above, Mitchell explains how easy it is to make these guards: “You need to order an additional set, take them apart and put them back together.”

If you have any questions or would like to order an additional set of edge guards, please contact your LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538.