Innovation on Display in New Orleans
Avery Graphics introduced four films: MPI 2105 Easy Apply RS and MPI 2105 high- or low-gloss finish, MPI 2102 and 2103 high-gloss finish, and 2120 and 2122 matte finish. The company also supplied sample swatch books for Greenline GP promotional films, MPI 6121 street graphics, digital overlaminates, and MPT white opaque films.
Bayer MaterialScience highlighted Makrofol 3D metallic film in gloss and matte finishes. Combined with FARIA film-injection-molding technology, Makrofol adds special effects or mirror finishes. The chrome-colored polycarbonate film, which can be cold-formed, is designed to provide an alternative to traditional screen-printed mirror finishes for films and the electroplating of plastic moldings.
Bienfang put the spotlight on its MightyPrint Expressions line, including the MightyPrint Canvas with textured surface for portraits and artistic images, MightyPrint Glossy for producing graphics without spot varnishing, and MightyPrint Premier Kraft with a softened kraft surface for specialty graphics.
Chemical Consultants, Inc. revealed the C series of automatic coaters. Screens can be coated wet-on-wet, and from both sides or individually coated on each side. The company also showed a mechanical screen stretcher, designed to stretch any type of mesh, that support a maximum screen size of 55 x 70 in.
Chemque presented the E-Dome 3100 System, which includes one XYZ dispensing robot with a UV-curing unit and is designed for use with E-Dome one-component, polyurethane doming resin. E-Dome 1K resins are designed to eliminate issues related to slow cure, moisture sensitivity, mixing, solvent flushing, and waste.
Clear Focus Imaging Inc. showed PosterVue, a perforated non-adhesive one-way-vision film for retail and commercial window graphics. It has a 65/35 perforation pattern (35% open) and 1.5-mm holes. PosterVue is available in 54 x 100-in. rolls and is compatible with solvent, eco-solvent, mild solvent, and UV-curable inkjet inks, as well as screen printing and thermal transfer.
Clearstar Corp. displayed ClearShield water-based liquid laminates for UV protection, chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, and flexibility. The laminates are available in gloss, semi-gloss, satin, and matte finishes.
ConVerd showcased its Enviroboard MR, designed to be a moisture-resistant, 100%-recyclable alternative to traditional foam core and corrugated-plastic boards. The board is printable on both sides for indoor and short-term outdoor POP, trade-show displays, and other applications.
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