Would you believe advertising latex balloons are published whilst inflated. It’s actually quite a complicated process. The particular latex balloons are inflated with air and held in a clamp. These are then squashed down onto a screen which offers the image nicely onto the balloon.
Once printed the wet ink needs to be completely dried before it might be deflated. If it is deflated too quickly the ink will stay wet for hours and they will stick together. A great automated printing machine will be able to inflate them a bit more after stamping to help faster drying out, the balloons are then generally blown dry.
This specific method of drying was never a problem throughout the early days when all balloons were printed using what’s known as the offset method. Offset stamping used rollers and rubber plates for the application of a thin layer of printer ink to the helium balloons delivered. As a result, the ink dried up instantly. A great fast printing method but regrettably the quality was junk. The printed versions seemed reasonable when these were toned but once inflated the ink faded.
Demand started to increase and consequently the call for quality arrived, and so display screen printing became the standard procedure. The screens give a thicker build of ink and 1st class quality. White ink on Black became possible, this was not an option with the counter method.
As balloon stamping at birthdays, weddings and company events continued to increase in popularity, so performed the need to accessorise. before long self sealing valves were on the marketplace as most people found hard to tie more than a hundred balloons. The initial valves on the market required a little inward ‘push’ to seal them and later these were superseded by instant sealing valves.
The valves are simply placed into the bottom of the balloons once they have been printed. Typically the moment they are helium filled they become the ideal promotional item, an advert on the move that every person wants – but costs very little.
As balloon printing required off demand grew for races and releases. A new release is a great spectacle at Football reasons, schools and corporate roll-outs.
This brought new environment issues to the industry. A code of carry out was created and the new self sealing valves were not allowed for use within a release. Almost everything had to be totally biodegradable.
In today’s market place it has never been much easier to purchase and source promotional balloons. You may easily order them printed, with helium gas and accessories by simply sending an email. The print quality and strength has been tried and tested to deliver excellent performance and float times.