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Silicone Edge Graphic Systems Advance Digital Textile Industry

By Alexis | March 02, 2015

How have signs and banners been used in the past and what were they made of? What are they being made of now, and what will they be made of in the future?

To begin answering these questions, we could start with a discussion of cave paintings, but a more interesting place to start is the medieval ages – 1389 to be exact. At this time, King Richard III passed a law in England requiring any establishment selling ale to place a sign outside the front of their building. At first the signs were practical, but the owners of ale establishments quickly realized that the more elaborate and attention grabbing their signs were, the more they included logos and popular symbols, the greater edge they would have on their competitors.

Over time, signs started to become larger and more ornate as business owners kept up with competitors. Signs reached the peak of their flashiness in the two centuries following the medieval ages. It was not until the 18th century that new technologies, like the industrial printing press, began to shape modern signs. Today, there are hundreds of printable materials, colors and sizes available to those looking to create signs. Fabrics, or digital textiles, are a hot trend for signs because they offer limitless solutions for eye-catching visuals.

Currently, the three largest areas of growth in the digital textile market are fabric tensions, or Silicone Edge Graphics (SEG), for tradeshows, outdoor flags and banners, and indoor retail applications. SEG is a high-resolution dye-sublimated fabric graphic finished with a thin silicone strip. The silicone strip is sewn to the edge of the fabric graphic, and then the strip is inserted into a frame with a recessed groove. The fabric should be taut when installed in the frame, and the result is a large format graphic.

SEG are quickly becoming the norm in this market for many reasons, including:

  • Quick assembly
  • Reduced shipping, installation and storage costs
  • Lighter, more durable, more vibrant fabric
  • More finished display look than traditional fabric graphics

Looking for a system that will enable you to sew your SEG graphics systems or other digital textile hanging solutions? Check out Miller Weldmaster’s Digitran System, an all-in-one sewing and welding solution.