Orafol’s Oralite UV printer unveiled at Intertraffic
John Crotty of Orafol with the Oralite UV digital traf c screen printer
If you’ve ever peered inside the printer hooked up to your desktop computer and watched the print head shuttling across the page, the new Oralite UV digital traffic screen printer being demonstrated by Orafol will look familiar – but much, much bigger.
The German company says its new product is much more environmentally-friendly than traditional screen-printing techniques when it comes to printing road signs in retroreflective materials.
No screen is required, which saves time in both preparation and cleaning after use. The signs are instead designed on a computer and sent straight to the digital printer, saving layout costs. It also uses UV-curable inks, which do not require solvents.
The sign is printed on to a roll of retroreflective material, which is then bonded to a metal backing board, ready for mounting by the roadway.
Oralite also meets the new European standards that come into force in July whereby all road signs must be CE-certified, with appropriate accreditation attached to each sign.