Archive for December 2015 | Monthly archive page

posted by | No comments

mrs santa

mrs santa

At year end we go a little bit crazy at Smart Print and like to fill your Xmas stockings with all kinds of goodies.

So if you are thinking about a new digital press and would like a ‘little extra’ for your money, give us a call.

01707 888500

posted by | No comments

Productivity and image quality on a whole new level

If you would like to know more about the powerful and productive Ricoh ProC9100/9110 and can’t spare the time for an investigative visit to a showroom then have a look at the following link.

Key messages typically talk of speeds, up to 150 A4 pages per minute and image quality consistency, but aren’t these “to be expected”?

The points to look for, where the ProC9100 can add to your business, revolve around sheet sizes and substrate tolerances.

Want to know more?… Call 01707 888500


posted by | No comments

colorgate ink save

One of the main issues facing wide format printers is the need to produce high quality work without over-inking and using too much consumable product.

But how can you control this?

With the new Colorgate RIP on a Ricoh ProL41xx series you can print the same high quality images and hyet save money on consumables.


colorgate ink save


It’s pretty straight forward really… activate Ink Saver mode and you will retain the same image quality at a much lower cost!

Want to know more?  call 01707 888500


posted by | No comments

With the addition of white ink, the new Ricoh ProL41xx series latex printers can provide you with output for windows that is clearly visible from both sides.

transparent printing with white


Transparent or translucent materials can be used to produce ‘3 layer printing’.

White ink between the colours shows images on ‘both’ sides even though you are only printing on one side.

By printing white ink as a foundation colour layer, accurate colours can be reproduced on coloured media.

Want to know more?…. call 01707 888500
















posted by | No comments

The new Ricoh ProL41xx is equipped with variable drop size technology.

The result is less grainy, smoother prints.

variable drop size

Three different droplet sizes of 4, 6 and 14 picolitres will provide a smoother gradation and finer details.

Most other latex printers have one droplet size of 12 picolitres.

Want to know more?… call 01707 888500







posted by | No comments

posted by | No comments

posted by | No comments



Recently I have been trying to learn about the ins & outs, ups & downs, pros & cons of wide format printing because right now, that’s where the money is!
However, the jargon is endless.
Having cleared it up for myself, I thought I’d share an A-Z of wide format jargon with you.
I’m sure there may be some missing and as this is a learning exercise, I’d like to invite you to comment and grow the list..
What I have so far…..(supplied by Ryan McMaster of Ricoh UK)
Aqueous ink: Ink technology, based on water; the most used technologies are pigment, latex and dye.
Artwork: A name often used in the industry for a digital file created by a person using design software

transparent printing with white
Backlit: This is when you observe the opposite lit side of the (printed) media. In other words, the light is shining through the media. (transmissive)
Banner: A name used for a very wide range of media often used for indoor-, outdoor advertising and of course banners
Bidirectional: print head prints in 2 directions, result is higher print speed.
Blockout: A light blocking layer captured in between two other (printable) layers of material. Often used for double sided printing or when light is not allowed to shine through the media
Blueback paper: Paper with a blue back side to prevent the under-laying poster being visible. Example: election poster on a billboard wall.
Bubble jet: To eject a droplet from each chamber, a pulse of current is passed through a small heating element causing a rapid vaporization of the ink in the chamber to form a bubble, which causes a large pressure increase, propelling a droplet of ink onto the paper

CAD: Computer Aided Design
Capping Station: “Parking” area for the carriage where the print-head is covered to prevent nozzles from drying out. Also has a cleaning function.
Cast vinyl: A liquid mix, coated on a carrier and dried in an oven on high temperature
Cockling: This means damage to the media, such as wrinkling, so that the media is not properly flat. Often caused by too high a heater setting.
Colour Profile: Another name for ICC profile. Also often used for the exported set of settings including the actual ICC from RIP software.
Converter: Company that converts a material into a product
Core diameter: In this industry often used to specify the diameter of the cardboard core inside a roll of print media
Curing: The drying process of the ink. Depending on the ink type, the process of curing is determined. (Latex – heat, UV – UV-Light, Solvent – Evaporation of VOC.)
Deflected nozzles: When a nozzle is partly blocked, it shoots the ink under an angle different from normal. This leads to inferior print quality.
Display graphics: Large size printed materials for promotions, information, instructions and decorating purposes
Dye the coloured substance: (dyu) is transferred to the media under influence of heat.
Dye sublimation ink: These inks contain special sublimation dyes and are used to print directly or indirectly on to fabrics which consist of a high percentage of polyester fibres. A heating step causes the dyes to sublimate into the fibres and create an image with strong colour and good durability.
Fabric: Material made through weaving, knitting.
Flatbed printer: Media is fixed on a “flat bed” and the print head moves over the media.
Front-lit: This is when you observe the same (printed) side of the media that is lit by light (reflective)

increased colour gamut
Gamut: The amount of colours a device or media can reproduce
GIS: Geographic Information System, a system that is designed to store and capture geographic information.

HAPs: Hazardous Air Pollutants

ICC Profile: A set of data that characterizes a colour input or output device, or a colour space, according to standards promulgated by the International Colour Consortium (ICC)
Ink setup: The amount of coloured inks available in a printer. For example CMYK, CMYKcm, CMYKOG+White
Lamination: To protect the colour and ink layer lying on the media, a see through protective layer is applied over the top of the print job.
Latex ink: Water based ink made from latex polymer and pigment particles.
LFP: Large Format printer
Liner: A layer that is usually on the backside of a media protecting the adhesive layer or protecting the printer from ink passing through the actual print media.
Media Float: When air from a fan lifts the media away from the paleten, often resulting in a media-carriage collision
Mesh media: Perforated media
Monomeric vinyl: A heated paste that is fed through a series of rollers (calendering) creating a film (extrusion in semi-solid form, monomeric plasticisers)

Nesting: Process whereby as much width of the media is utilised by aligning or rotating many separate print jobs side by side for the print.
Nozzle Check: A patter printed to check for missing and deflected nozzles.

variable drop size
PET: Polyethylene terephthalate, is a recyclable polyester, used e.g. for package industry, especially in food industry(package, water bottles,)
Piezo-electric: A piezoelectric crystal creates an acoustic wave as it vibrates within the head and forces drops out of the nozzle..
Pl: picolitre ; when you like counting zero’s, this is 1 picolitre: 1 pl= 0,000 000 000 001 litre
Plasticizers: A chemical component making a media flexible
Polyethylene terephthalate: PET is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in synthetic fibres.
POP: Point of Purchase
POS: Point of Sales
POP/POS application: Posters for promotion at a “point-of-sales” e.g. in retail-market.
Print Head: Part of the Print carriage that contains the nozzles. Often there are more than 1 print lines on a print head. Every line can be used for a different ink colour.
Print Lines: An array of print nozzles. Often there are more than 1 print lines on a print head.
PVC: Polyvinylcloride, it’s a plastic
Reflective: Light that is reflected by an object
Rendering Intent: The technique used to “clip” colours that exceed the space of the destination colour space
RIP: Raster Image Processor
Roll to roll printer: Media is from the roll, it’s printed while the print head moves over a bar, after printing and drying the print is wind up on a roll again.
Re-Wetting: After the print has dried, media can be applied. Sometimes when the surface is dry, after a small time the moist from layers below can work it’s way to the top. Especially in solvent ink combined with non-porous media. This means that eg. rolling the media or laminating cannot be done until at least 2-3 days after printing was finished
Self-adhesive: A material that has a self-adhesive layer applied to it
Sign maker: Company that creates signage such as billboards, car wrapping, neon etc.
Solvent Ink: The main ingredient of these inks are VOCs, organic chemical compounds that have high vapour pressures. Colour is achieved with pigments rather than dyes for excellent fade-resistance.
Spectro-photometer: A device for measuring light reflection of a surface. Used for Colour Linearization, Calibration and Media Profiling.
Substrates: Media to print on.
Surface tension: The surface tension of a media. A stable and correct surface tension is necessary to be able to print properly.
Take-up device: The take-up devic e collects the output and rolls it up.
Tarpaulin: canvas media, used e.g. to cover the side panels of a truck or trailer.
Tiling: Enables user to print images wider than the media width, as the print is divided into pieces (tiles).
Translucent: Light can pass through but the light will be diffused.
Transmissive: An object that is transmitting light.
Unidirectional: Print head prints in 1 direction, for some application this gives a more precise positioning of the drops on the media.
UV Ink: These inks consist mainly of acrylic monomers with an initiator package. After printing, the ink is cured by exposure to strong UV-light. Ink is exposed to UV radiation where a chemical reaction takes place where the photo-initiators cause the ink components to cross-link into a solid.
Variable drop size: A print head that is capable of firing drops of ink with different sizes. These variable dots can produce smooth gradients or fine details
VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds.
Wetting: After the print has dried, media can be applied. Sometimes when the surface is dry, after a little time the moist from layers below can work its way to the top. Especially in solvent ink combined with non-porous media. This means that eg. rolling the media or laminating cannot be done at least 2-3 days after printing was finished.
Wrap: A name often used by a sign maker when they “wrap” an item with a self-adhesive film. For example, a car wrap.

Thank you Ryan, very helpful………



posted by | No comments

increased colour gamut

The Ricoh ProL41xx is equipped with extra inks such as white, green and orange.

In addition to the extended substrates that these support (translucent etc) you will also see your colour gamut get much much wider.

increased colour gamut

So wide in fact that we believe we can now achieve a staggering 93% of pantone colours.

4, 6, 7, 8 & 12 colour ink sets provide better colour matching, better spot colours and tighter corporate matching.

Of course, matching corporate branded colours isn’t everything… is it?

Want to know more?… call 01707 888500

posted by | No comments

why latex

It all depends on the types of applications that you want to produce..

The arguments around solvent v latex v UV will run and run with many different views being expressed about which is ‘best’.

At Smart Print we try to focus on which is the most appropriate for your print applications and thereby likely to make you more profit with the least hassle.

why latex


Solvent output does last longer, but who wants a five year old sign anyway?

Times change, images update and sometimes you just need more media flexibility from your wide format device.

Want to know more?… call 01707 888500










Follow by Email