Merritt Meets Clients’ Environmental Demands with HP Scitex Large-Format Printer

HARTFORD, CT—Jan. 13, 2011—Regulations recently set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Union (EU) have limited or completely banned the use of certain materials in specific applications. Among such materials currently found in most plastics used in the printing industry are Phthalates and heavy metals including, but not limited to lead, cadmium and arsenic.

To meet this new requirement, the Joseph Merritt & Co. and its team at Merritt Graphics’ Hartford facility have placed into service an HP Scitex LX800 large-format inkjet printer running latex inks. Merritt can now eliminate the trade-offs between solvent- and water-based inks in providing high-quality printing of items from banners and vehicle wraps to billboards.

One client in particular required the shop to produce thousands of completely hazard-free banners to be distributed worldwide. The HP Latex ink print process meets this need and eliminates solvent emissions or VOC emissions.

“In recent years, our efforts were spent working with our suppliers to develop ‘banner material’ that met the criteria set by the FDA and EU. This year, our client has put a limitation on the types of inks used for the printed product,” stated Ed Perry, president and CEO of Joseph Merritt. “Although, a UV-cured process may be considered safe, it just wasn’t enough. HP had the solution with the latex printer.”

With the ability to print up to 1,200 dpi, all clients can enjoy a variety of custom applications such as wall coverings, point-of-purchase (POP) posters, soft signage like flags and fabric banners, outdoor and event graphics, vehicle wraps and light boxes.

As companies across the country start to recover from a turbulent economy, many printing businesses have not been so lucky. “Diversification. That is the key to be successful and ultimately stay in business,” proclaims Perry. He adds to say that, “there are many firms in our industry that focus on one style of printing or industry, be it offset, small format, large format, or blueprinting, for example.”

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