Most of the banner maker in the UK and around the world use a very similar kind of banner printing – solvent printing. Solvent inks are aggressive and eat into the banner material rather than just sitting on the surface of the banner, which gives the inks an excellent level of scratch resistance and UV resistance – the same method is used for printed stickers. The wide format printers that are used for this are fast and relatively inexpensive when compared to a lot of other types of print machinery, especially those used to print cheap flyers, and several are often used at larger companies. The banner material that is used in the majority of the cases is very similar as well. 440 or 500gsm banner material is the standard across the board, and only in cases where price is really a serious issue does anything thinner get used. Music outfits – such as a function band – often use banners as backdrops, and they work great!
So, we have similar machines using similar inks printing onto similar material! This would mean that when we print a banner stand, virtually all of the banners made in the world are going to be the same, right? Well, no. The one area where difference can be made is in the finishing of the banner prints. Most banners are hemmed – the edge is folded over and fixed to create a neat line, and an area of double thickness where the eyelets are punched through, giving more strength. So what different ways are there to do this? The simplest is by using specialist double sided banner tape. This is an excellent solution – it’s cheap and easy to do and gives great strength for most standard uses. The other way is by stitching on a special type of sewing machine. This also gives an excellent hem, and because the thread for these machines is much cheaper than rolls and rolls of banner tape, there is money to be saved if you are making enough banners to warrant the purchase of a banner sewing machine. Sewed banners are also better when being used on projecting poles, as a banners made with tape forming the pole pockets can eventually come apart when stretched in this way. You’ll probably find that you’ll need to be making a LOT of banners to warrant this type of finishing – an e-commerce website from web design huddersfield is definitely one way to start to get these kinds of numbers.
The final way is the heat hem method. Again, a special machine folds the hem and uses heat to partially melt the two folds together. This is probably the strongest and fastest way to do it, but the machines take skill to use and require quite a lot of space so the banner can be laid flat and offered up to the machine on all sides.