Innovation on Display in New Orleans
PMI highlighted its Split Tape, designed with an adhesive-free area to keep frames clean and free of residue. It comes standard in 2-, 3-, and 4-in.-wide rolls. The company also showed a stainless-steel tape gun designed for 4-in. rolls of Split Tape.
Pregis highlighted Hexacomb Falconboard, a display board made from reusable and 100%-recyclable honeycomb kraft paper. It is produced with up to 20% recycled paper and is available in thicknesses ranging from 0.25-4 in., standard sheet sizes from 48 x 96 in. to 60 x 120 in., and custom sizes from 24-144 in.
Proell showcased its IMD inks, formulated for film-insert molding. Products in the line include Noriphan HTR for PC films, Noriphan N2K for PC films (<125µm), Noricryl for PMMA films, and NoriPET for PET films. IMD inks are suitable for single-layer constructions and are back-moldable with appropriate resins.
Röchling Engineering Plastics Ltd. unveiled the PE2PRINT Digital, a white, corona- treated, cut sheet designed for use on most flatbed UV inkjet printers. The substrate is said to be recyclable and offer an environmentally friendly alternative to polystyrene and rigid vinyl.
Roland DGA Corp. put the spotlight on several products. Among them were the VersaCAMM SP-I series of inkjet printer/cutters (30- and 54-in. units), the 54-in. SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT, which prints CMYK + White + Metallic Silver, and the VersaUV LEC-330, a 30-in. roll-to-roll UV-LED inkjet system for packaging prototypes and short-run labels.
R Tape Corp. showed its Claritex polycarbonate eco-solvent-printable films in two formats: 10-mil clear velvet/polish, printable on the polish side; and a 10-mil white velvet/matte, printable on the matte side. The inkjet-receptive films are available in formats of 30, 54, and 60 in., wound with the print side out.
SAATIchem promoted its Remove ER1, 1, 2, 4, 5, and 10 stencil removers;
Remove HR6 stain remover and degreas-er; Textil PV pure photopolymer direct emulsion; and Grafic HU42 dual-cure direct emulsion.
Sabic Polymershapes emphasized its new ECO-Shapes, designed for enhanced sustainability and energy conservation. The plastic features additives for biodegradability and is billed as better for recycling and recovery processes.
SA Int’l showed its Flexi 8 software for signmaking applications. Version 8.6 includes new features such as SO Diffusion for smoother gradients and faster processing speeds, improved linearization, customizable ink-split curves, soft proofing added to the toolbar, more than 80 new device drivers, and more.
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