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How Humidity Affects The Printing Industry and How To Fix It

Imagine looking at a flyer on the street, a poster in a coffee shop, or even a band t-shirt on some kid walking past you. You might not think about it but each of these items were carefully printed by large companies in order to be precisely as they are and the meticulousness of these processes might be more involved than you may think.

In fact, everything in a printing factory all the way from the type of ink and the weather outside matter and affect the print. This is why countless printing companies fail every year as the demand is simply too high to supply when trying to put out the best product possible at the same time. After all, let’s face it; as a company owner paying good money for an ad or a poster, quality matters, and even the slightest of mistakes can lead to a negative response and ultimately a negative review of the factory as well.

However, although many of these issues all can be avoided in easy and cost-effective ways, one of the most damaging variables lies in the humidity levels of the factory and, up until now, monitoring these humidity levels has been less than a cakewalk to say the least. But, with the help of humidity sensors, perhaps, this issue can finally be resolved without costing an arm and a leg for these factories in the process.

In order to understand how these sensors can make a difference, though, we must first look at how important it is to monitor humidity levels in a printing factory and how these levels affect the prints as well.

Why Do Humidity Levels Matter?

The reason that humidity levels matter actually has everything to do with the paper being used to print these flyers and posters. Although you may not have known this, paper is actually hygroscopic meaning that it absorbs and releases moisture depending on the level of humidity in its environment. Furthermore, roughly 4 to 6 percent of a paper’s weight is comprised of water meaning that humid environments will not allow the paper to equilibrate properly and will lead to a moisture level that is far too high for these prints to be completed effectively.

Most papers are designed to be stable in a 45-55% relative humidity level in a 72°F environment. However, the moisture level of the paper is also dependent on the type of print the company is creating likewise. This is why monitoring the humidity is so important. If it is not monitored, especially in humid areas, this can lead to prints that bleed and designs that are far from crisp or clean. Unfortunately, most print companies can’t afford the costly and energy-inefficient humidity sensors currently on the market and also can’t spend their entire day monitoring the less expensive ones that are incapable of alerting their users. However, perhaps, with the help of wireless humidity sensors, these factories can finally rest at ease knowing their prints will be precisely within the humidity range needed to give the best product possible.

How Can Humidity Sensors Solve The Problem?

The reason for these devices being so effective in comparison to others on the market is all due to the various features these wireless humidity sensors provide that others simply do not. For instance, unlike other sensors currently on the market that are extremely energy-dependent, these devices are powered with simple AA batteries and can last years using the same set.

On top of this, while other brands are too bulky and also are incapable of alerting their users, these wireless humidity sensors are extremely small and can be placed almost anywhere. They also are capable of alerting their users immediately after a fluctuation meaning humidity parameters can be set by the user, the device will monitor these levels throughout the day, record the data it finds, and also alert its user via SMS/ email notifications in the case of an anomaly in the data so they can fix it before it becomes a major issue.  

In the end, the process of printing flyers, posters, and the countless things we see on a daily basis is far harder than it looks, and every little bit of help is essential to create the ultimate product. Although humidity has been a major issue in the past for these factories, however, with the help of wireless humidity sensors, these problems can finally be set aside and these companies can at last get back to what they do best; making quality printed products for companies and people across the world.