ImageOne Impact has revealed the P.O.D. Pressure on Demand Steamer for applying and removing vehicle wrap film, paint protection film, and window tint film. The system releases a pressurized flow of steam to soften material; ImageOne reports it can help prevent broken glue, stretch marks, silvering, whitening of chrome films, and particles getting beneath the film.
Dubuit has added Evopanel Inks, a line of UV screen inks for industrial applications such as automotive, aerospace, medical devices, overlays, and membrane switches. The ink is NVP-free and compatible with most adhesives, according to the company. Dubuit also reports that the black Evopanel is extremely opaque and flexible. The line is designed to withstand high temperatures for in-mold applications. It can also be printed on polycarbonate and treated polyester.
Virus Inks has expanded its line of metallic powders available for use with its Hydra Clear for Metallic base ink. In addition to gold and silver, the line now includes copper, mercury, cadmium, uranium, brass, and titanium. The resulting ink is reportedly Oeko-Tex Class 1-certified and has high washing resistance.
The company also reports that the mixed metallic inks be used as an underbase to create bright reflexes in the finished print, and that heat pressing will bring out additional reflective effect.
Top Value Fabrics has introduced Midnight Blockout, a fabric designed specifically for tradeshow displays. Featuring an acrylic black back for increased opacity and durability, the media is slightly stretchable for use in exhibit and retail frames. It is printable with direct and transfer dye-sub, UV, and latex inks. Width is 126 in.
Magic has added Adhere6.0, a removable window film that offers an alternative to vinyl, and Hilite8.0, a translucent satin backlit film.
Adhere6.0 is an optically clear polyester material with a high gloss surface designed for window advertisements and décor. It is latex- and UV-printable. Available in 50- and 54-in. widths.
Agfa Graphics’ Duratex Supreme Mesh is designed for outdoor applications facing extreme wear and tear such as building wraps and pole banners. The tear-resistant mesh features a 90/10 air flow and blockout characteristics for double-sided applications. Agfa reports the material is printable with most solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks with the help of a mesh kit. Available in 126- and 196-in. widths.
Tekra has added 15-mil JetView Latex White Translucent Matte/Gloss Backlit Polycarbonate film. The material is a sturdier alternative to the company’s 8- and 10-mil options. Tekra reports that the film offers high ink adhesion and a light transmission of 32.5%, reducing hot spots when backlit. Available in 53-in. widths.
Workhorse Products’ new double-wide screen reclaiming sink measures 24 in. deep by 52 in. wide, offering room to wash two standard 23 x 31-in. screens or a single large-format screen. The Wash-It sink is made of steel, offers a translucent back window for inspection, and includes two screen racks. Workhorse reports that a light can be mounted on or behind the sink for enhanced visibility. A rack for up to eight squeegees is optional.
Mimaki has introduced LUS-350 UV-LED ink for thermoforming applications. Designed for both high durability and flexibility, the ink can elongate up to 350% when heated, according to Mimaki. When cooled, it returns to a hard, scratch-resistant state in the shape of the thermoformed mold. Applications include automotive components, molded signs, and prototypes. The ink is compatible with a wide range of substrates including PETG, acrylic, polycarbonate, polystyrene, and PVC.
Gildan Activewear has reached an asset purchase agreement with American Apparel. The $66-million deal, which is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017, comprises American Apparel’s intellectual property rights as well as certain assets. Gildan says it will also separately purchase inventory to streamline the transition.