Ray Weiss

Ray Weiss

Ray assists association members with information on digital printing as well as digital equipment, materials, and vendor referrals. He oversees training and certification workshops at PRINTING United Alliance. Ray is project manager for both the PDAA Certification program and the PRINTING United Alliance Digital Color Professional Certification program and is an instructor for the Color Management Boot Camps as well as a G7 expert. Ray regularly contributes to the Association’s Journal and won the 2016 Swormstedt Award for Best in Class writing in the Digital Printing category. Ray was inducted into the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies (ASDPT) in 2020. He also works with SkillsUSA to conduct the National Competition for Graphics Imaging Sublimation. Outside of work, Ray enjoys biking, international cuisine and spending time with his three fantastic grandkids.

The Relationship Between Digital Textile Printing and Coatings

A primary benefit of direct-to-textile printing is eliminating the cost of using transfer paper. Typically, this is not a significant difference as the direct-to-textile print process can use more ink; however, the cost savings can add up.

Installing Graphics on Uneven Surfaces

Surface preparation is key when installing graphics on surfaces like brick or concrete. Here are some tips to help ensure your graphics look great and last a long time.

Working With UV Inks

As UV inks grow in popularity, here are a few things in-plants should know about them to get the best results.

Technology Focus: Aqueous, Latex, and Resin Printers

At one time, the only consideration when looking at digital printing with water-based inks was whether it was dye- or pigment-based. Fast forward to today and the choices are much broader and diverse.

Don’t Neglect Inkjet Printer Maintenance

Despite the fact you may be “too busy” to perform routine maintenance on your in-plant’s inkjet devices (or were never trained to do it), maintenance is still vital to the performance and longevity of your printers. 

Understanding Ink

Before you dive into a new wide-format printer, you must carefully consider what you want and which ink set will help you get there.