Quality in a product is never up for a compromise. Nowadays, quality and a concern for the environment are top priorities for manufacturers and suppliers. Addressing these issues, an eco-solvent printer yields better working conditions.
One disadvantage of strong solvents is high volatile organic compounds (VOC) content. This requires ventilation and extraction equipment installed for the protection of the employees. The print product also retains a distinctive smell of chemicals from plastic, which is hazardous to the health.
On the other hand, eco-solvent inks contain low VOC levels, which make them suitable for offices and studios with adequate ventilation. The odour is hardly noticeable. Due to its nature, it requires more heat to bond the ink to the plastic. This also requires thicker media.
Eco-solvent inks are cheaper than strong solvents. For the printer, the cost is lower and they can transfer this to the buyer. Cheaper print material is always a welcome bonus. Eco-solvent ink does not last as long as a strong solvent because it is not as heavily bonded to the media.
The resulting work is good for campaigns that last no longer than a year. This is long enough for billboard campaigns as well as for vehicle wraps.
Solvent inks deliver vibrant, dynamic colours, which result in eye-catching images. Graphic artists can let their imagination run wild on this medium.
Besides using it on the sides of buildings, billboards and vehicle wraps, wide-format printing can also be used on tents, temporary cladding and photography backgrounds. It is now fairly common to see trains and buses clad in advertiser livery.
These vehicles look a lot more fun than the plain colours normally painted on them. For pedestrians, tarps around construction sites can do with a dab of colour to generate excitement and positive moods in the midst of their day-to-day routines.