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Banner SignsThe most commonly used material is a heavy weight vinyl technically known as PVC. The weights of the different banner substrates range from as light as 9 ounces to as heavy as 22 ounces per square yard, and may be double or single-sided. Grommets can also be added in order to facilitate hanging of the banner. Large banners (which can be so large that they cover the side of a building) are printed on a special mesh material so that the wind can pass through them.

There are various types of vinyl banner

  • Digitally printed banners: printed with aqueous (water based), semi-solvent and solvent based inks, which in some printers may be UV-curable to provide better resistance to the weather. Large format inkjet printers are usually used, but very large banners may be produced using computer-controlled jets to spray the ink directly onto the banner material. Some of the faster wide format inkjet printers are capable of printing up to 1,600 square feet (150 m2) per hour. These are manufactured by such companies as KVR-pixojet, Mimaki, Jetta, Xerox, Roland, Kodak, Encad, Colorspan and Hewlett-Packard.
  • Vinyl banners: produced by applying individual elements cut from self-adhesive vinyl by a computer-driven vinyl cutter.
  • Screen printing: produced using screen-printing, in which different colors are laid down one at a time using stencils.
  • Painted: hand-painted graphics and lettering. These type of banners are uncommon with the advent of modern printing




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