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Having trouble with banners/banner material printing correctly. The material is awful, getting sucked up basically on the edges causing head strikes, the cutter falling, cartridge seperation, etc. Banners are so easy and a great money maker but when we get repeated issues while printing the profit it out the window. Anyone have good rules of thumb regarding clamping, weights possibly to hold the material down, heat etc while running banners? It seems to be the material because we don't have many issues with other media doing what this is doing. Thanks in advance!
Always roll your banner out before printing....If you don't the banner roll is so heavy it tends to "chug" on the full roll causing the issues you mention. We also add in all of the rollers for a more balanced feed....we typically don't have any issues with these two pointers.... Good luck!!
I 2nd both pointers. Some banner materials are worse than others. We waste about a foot or more material sometimes letting it hang over rhe front for some added weight and turn the vaccuum down some. With blockout material we babysit the print to catch any potential issues. Mostly caused by how it is rolled on the tube, it seems to have some stick so as Jennifer said, pull out first then roll back letting as much slack as possible remain. Good Luck Banner ARE profitable. I absolutely love putting the old fashioned double stitched hem on the banner.
You could also try adding additional pinch rollers. That helps reduce puckering in the middle of the banner material.
I agree with all the suggestions. Banners are profitable but when they don't run correctly the profit is out the window. Extra pinch rollers might help for sure. Does anyone print double sided banners on the same piece of media?
Yes. We have had success with Mojave Supersmooth from Imprintables.
My most favorite banner material too, Dennis...............but it's gone!
Yesterday I called Mojave (GMI, Catalina) or whoever they are now and they confirmed that that absolutely WONDERFUL banner material is no longer being manufactured
(they do have some odd, old rolls left in stock, if you're interested....even though the rep emphasized the word 'old')
I'm searching for a comparable replacement
I can't tell you how much I loved that stuff
Printed like butter. Ran through the machine drama free.
I still have a 54" roll of the Mojave supersmooth but used up our 30" roll . Several months ago I was given a lead by Catalina for a few of the reminaing rolls of 30" material that were listed as available. Unfortunately, they had been sold.
I was going to try the Arlon DPF 313 from Imprintables; but, the 30" roll is not available, nothwithstanding it being listed in the new catalog. I will most likely post something when I try a replacement for the Mojave supersmooth.
We have a client who orders 24" wide double sided banners. I have found it much easier to make the 24" wide double-sided banners using the 30" material and don't worry about wasting material if the client orders an odd number.
Give Lexjet super smooth double sided banner material a try. Lexjet sells short rolls of usually 20 feet in most all thier materials for tests and small runs where you don't need to over kill by bying more than you need. We use that service constantly
what is the reason for getting rid of a product that everyone loves:) seems to happen a lot and I guess I just cannot figure out why.
On a different note if anyone has answer to my question on eco print in the graphic section i would love to hear it.
The person I spoke with at Catalina said that his company couldn't compete with the prices of banner material imported, I believe from China.
here is an easy way to be trouble free printing. take one of your media bars ( the ones you media lay on behind your machine) and put the bar through the core of the banner roll and let the whole roll hang. it provides no tension on the machine. you do not even have to unroll the media. i printed about 40 feet of banner and never touched or looked at the machine.
Good point, I neglected to mention in my last post on this that we unroll a bunch to floor leaving slack which also takes off the tension. Have to remember to keep the process going or leave it long on the floor. We choose the stopping at floor level just so no unwanted dust, hair etc goes on print or through machine