FLEXcon, manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films and adhesives, has redesigned its Website to include updated product content and the My FLEXcon Info section for registered customers.
The enhancements are designed to inform traditional printers and converters with dedicated sections on applications and products and to reach out to a broader audience of OEMs, brand marketers, advertising agencies, and design firms to keep this group abreast of FLEXcon’s latest information.
Allentown, PA-based Vastex recently named four new distributors for its products. T&J Print Supply Inc. (www.tandjprintgsupply.com) now offers Vastex equipment in the Huntley, IL area. River City Graphic Supply (www.rivercitygraphicsupply.com) serves the Austin, TX area. Dalesway (www.dalesway.co.uk) offers Vastex equipment and supplies in the UK and Western Europe. Bely Terem JSC (www.belyterem.com) now handles distribution in Minsk, Belarus.
The ProCut 1600 M recently joined the ProCut line of digital cutting tables from Océ (www.oce.com). The company says the 51 x 63-in. (1295 x 1600-mm) system enables shops with smaller, roll-fed inkjet printers to cut and trim media effectively and notes that the cutter is ideal for smaller, rigid output for use in package prototyping. The ProCut 1600 M can be used for trimming and contour-cutting, through-cutting, kiss-cutting, routing, and creasing. It accommodates flexible and rigid media up to 1.97 in. (50 mm) thick.
Mutoh (www.mutoh.com) announces the arrival of its ValueJet 1608HA hybrid inkjet printer. Described as the next generation of hybrid inkjet printing, the ValueJet 1608HA operates without the use of a compressor; instead, it includes what Mutoh specifies as a medical-grade air pump to drive the heated air nozzles. Hot-air-nozzle controllers are integrated into the printer thus enabling their management from the RIP or control panel. The ValueJet 1608HA supports imaging resolutions up to 1440 dpi and uses Epson printhead technology to deliver five variable dot sizes.
Roland DGA (www.rolanddga.com) developed its new Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX eco-solvent ink specifically for the company’s 54-in. (1372-mm) SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT inkjet printer/cutter. Roland says the ink is the first of its kind from a major inkjet printer company. Users can combine Metallic Silver with CMYK to create other metallic hues, including gold, bronze, and pearlescent colors.
MACtac (www.mactac.com) expanded its MACmark 8300 Series of 2.8-mil, calendared vinyl films with 13 new colors, bringing the total in the line to 52. Apricot, Sandstone, Almond, Lavender, Copenhagen Blue, Butterfly Blue, Powder Blue, Nautical Blue, Seafoam Green, Vibrant Green, Flame Red, Raspberry, and Mouse Grey are all available in widths of 15, 24, 30, and 48 in. (381, 610, 762, and 1219 mm). MACtac says the films are ideal for a variety of cut-vinyl applications, including medium-term indoor and outdoor signage.
LexJet’s (www.lexjet.com) Simple line of adhesive-back vinyl films includes 14 different materials for inkjet printers that use low-solvent, solvent, and UV inks.
Drytac (www.drytac.com) beefed up its line of media for flatbed UV inkjet printers with the addition of EarthSmart Eclipse, billed as a low-density polyethylene that can be recycled in commercial plastics-recycling programs. Drytac notes that the material is certified by ASTM Int’l to biodegrade in most landfills. EarthSmart Eclipse is a white, 15-mil material designed to resist curling. It’s available in 54-, 63-, and 72-in.-wide (1372-, 1600-, and 1829-mm) rolls.
Kapco (www.kapco.com) recently added new colors to its K6000 Gloss Calendered 5-Year Vinyls line. Pink and lime green are now available for applications such as general-purpose interior/exterior signs, posters, show cards, banners, and window graphics. Kapco says the vinyls offer excellent cutting, weeding, and transferring. K6063 Pink and K6068 Lime Green, like the other 23 colors in the series, are available in 50-yd (45.7-m) rolls and in widths of 15, 20, 24, 30, 36, 48, and 60 in. (381, 508, 610, 762, 914, 1219, and 1524 mm).
Action Engineering (www.actionengineering.com) bills its LOC Pallet System as the ultimate in platen calibration and press setup. It incorporates four dial indicators mounted on a plate of honeycomb aluminum. The assembly is designed to mount like a screen into a press’s exisiting frame-holder positions. The indicators allow operators to determine leveling agreement between the screen holders and the platens. The system is compatible with manual and automatic presses.