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Print Processes at DecTek

DecTek employs three main methods of producing high quality vinyl print, both using state-of-the-art digital technology.

  1. 4/8/10 Colour Inkjet
  2. Aqueous Inkjet
  3. Digital Thermal Transfer

The choice of process can depend on several factors:

  • Desired print resolution
  • Type of artwork format i.e. Vector or Bitmap
  • Type and mixture of colours used in design
  • Type of substrate vinyl to be used
  • Level of adhesion required

Option A – CMYK Digital Inkjet

4 x Colour Inkjet

Colours: Cyan / Magenta / Yellow / Black

The CMYK colour gamut is used for the majority of jobs and produces great results from vector based artworks or high resolution bitmaps.

Advantages:

  1. Good range of colours
  2. Very high print resolution
  3. No colour registration issues
  4. Large choice of materials
  5. Choice of adhesive strengths
  6. Suitable for outdoor use
  7. UMS inks for UV stability & colour fastness
  8. Can produce from Vector or Bitmap based artwork

Suitable for: Domed Labels, Flat Vinyl Labels, Domed Name Badges, Wide-Format Products, Signage, POS, PVC Banners



Option B – 8 x Colour Digital Inkjet

8 x Colour Inkjet - Epson UltraChrome GS600

Colours: Cyan / Magenta / Yellow / Black / Super Cyan / Super Magenta / Green / Orange

A step up from CMYK because of the results attained by using the added Super Cyan, Super Magenta, Green and Orange inks. Lighter colours will appear stronger and less ‘grainier’ than on CMYK print machines.

Advantages:

  1. Huge print colour gamut
  2. Very high print resolution
  3. Higher resolution print for lighter colours
  4. No colour registration issues
  5. Large choice of materials
  6. Choice of adhesive strengths
  7. Suitable for outdoor use
  8. UMS inks for UV stability & colour fastness
  9. Can produce from Vector or Bitmap based artwork

Suitable for: Domed Labels, Flat Vinyl Labels, Domed Name Badges, Wide-Format Products, Signage, PVC Banners, POS, Cosmetic Products - Colour Matching



Option C – 10 x Colour Digital Inkjet

10 x Colour Ink-Jet - Epson UltraChrome GS600

Colours: Cyan / Magenta / Yellow / Black / Super Cyan / Super Magenta / Green / Orange / White / Matt Silver

A wider range of colours which includes White as a printable colour and Matte Silver. Ideal for backwashing window stickers on reversible clear substrates.

Advantages:

  1. Huge print colour gamut
  2. Very high print resolution
  3. No colour registration issues
  4. Large choice of materials
  5. Large choice of adhesives
  6. Can print White as a colour
  7. Can print Matte Silver as a colour
  8. Suitable for outdoor use
  9. UMS inks for UV stability & colour fastness
  10. Can produce from Vector or Bitmap based artwork

Suitable for: Domed Labels, Flat Vinyl Labels, Domed Name Badges, Wide-Format Products, Signage, PVC Banners, Window Stickers, POS, Cosmetic Product Colour Matching



Option D – 8 x Colour Aqueous Digital Inkjet

Epson Stylus Pro 9890 44" - 8 x Colour

Colours: Cyan / Vivid Magenta / Yellow / Light Cyan / Vivid Light Magenta / Light Black / Matte Black / Light Light Black

Using Variable Sized Droplet Technology™, Aqueous print provides superior resolution, gradations and colour density making it ideal for posters, fine art and Black & White photography.

Advantages:

  1. Superb print quality
  2. Superb Greyscale Print
  3. Huge print colour gamut
  4. Very high print resolution
  5. No colour registration issues
  6. Suitable for indoor use only
  7. Can produce from Vector or Bitmap based artwork
  8. Not suitable for outdoor use

Suitable for: Indoor Posters, Roller Banners, Pop-Up Stands, High Quality Indoor Graphics, Photographs, Canvasses, Black & White Prints



Option E – Digital Thermal Transfer

Gerber Edge Digital

Colours: Stock colours can be mixed using Spectrotone Colour Matching.

Print Resolution: 600dpi

Digital Thermal Transfer is a print process whereby a foil is fused to a substrate vinyl by way of heat, the opaque nature of the foils makes them especially popular with clear and metallic vinyls.

Advantages:

  1. Opaque colours
  2. Large range of specialist materials
  3. Mirror finish metallic foils
  4. Ideal for clear vinyls
  5. Longer UV protection
  6. Harder wearing print surface

Suitable for: Domed Labels, Flat Vinyl Labels



Option F – Digital UV A3 Flatbed Printer

Mutoh VJ 426UF A3 UV Printer

Colours: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, White, Varnish.

Print Resolution: up to 1440 x 1440dpi

Wide range of colours using the CMYK colour spectrum with the addition of White plus a Varnish finish if required.

Advantages:

  1. Wide print colour gamut
  2. High print resolution
  3. No colour registration issues
  4. Prints vector or bitmap images
  5. Prints to most shapes ie promtional products such as pens, golf balls, key fobs etc
  6. Can print White
  7. Choose a varnish finish
  8. UV curing print

Suitable for: Promotional products such as name badges, pens, golf balls, key fobs, folders, diaries, tape measures, highlighters etc.



Which One Would We Choose For Your Job?

That would depend on all of the above and possibly more. Send us your artwork and we advise as to which method would suit your design and application. We'll even provide a free sample of your design for you!

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