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Removable Vinyl

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MACtac

IMAGin M-Series from MACtac is line of intermediate, general-purpose, removable vinyl designed specifically for a range of short- to medium-term, flat to slightly curved applications, such as indoor and outdoor signage, P-O-P displays, and wall graphics. The vinyls are available in both matte (IMAGin EMR328) and gloss (IMAGin EMR329) finishes. M-Series films consist of a 3.2-mil, calendered, white PVC film coated with MACtac’s opaque, removable, acrylic, pressure-sensitive adhesive.

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Film for No-Label-Look Applications

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FLEXcon

FLEXcon re-engineered its THINflex PP 160 HC TC-332 product to include a 0.92-mil PET liner, TRACrite 92. FLEXcon says the 1.6-mil, clear, BOPP film offers a 20% reduction over the standard 2.0-mil, clear product commonly used today. The TRACrite 92 liner reportedly offers a reduction of 8-24%, depending on the current liner used. Together, these changes are designed to offer cost-effectiveness while maintaining the performance capabilities required for food, beverage, and prime label applications.

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Stencil Materials

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KAPCO

KAPCO welcomes two new additions to its family of sign-vinyl supplies. Kapco Ultra-Cut II stencil is a semi-rigid, general-purpose material designed to conform to curved or irregular surfaces. It is an 8.5-mil, 0.0085-in.-thick (0.22-mm), white, clay-coated polyethylene with a repositionable adhesive on a natural Kraft backing. Ultra-Cut II is suitable for applications of characters 0.25 in. (6.4 mm) and larger, and can withstand temperatures up to 180°F (82°C).

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Soft-Hand Additives

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International Coatings

International Coatings bills its Sentri soft-hand enhancers as an answer to customer requests for soft, water-based-type prints combined with the printing ease and versatility of plastisol inks. The Sentri line includes Sentri Clear, Sentri Black, and Phthalate-Free Sentri Curable Reducer. Sentri Clear 3816 can be mixed with finished colors or color concentrates or used as an extender base, curable thinner, or as a top clear coat for reducing fibrillation.

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Finishing Software

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Estimator Corp.

Estimator Corp. launched an addition to its Roll & Sheet Wide-Format software with the Linear Finishing function for ICut, seaming, welding, trimming, and more. The solution’s LFR (Linear Foot Rate) feature provides a separate charge for machine-time usage. Inputs include material cost, ink coverage, and print charges. Other features include four ink settings plus opaque white; three resolution-quality ranges; and single- or double-sided printing from rolls or sheet stock. An imposition feature is designed to automatically optimize the square-foot usage for roll and sheet media.

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Hybrid UV Inkjet Printer

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NEOLT S.p.a.

Neolt’s new X-Jet hybrid UV inkjet printers feature Xaar 1001 grayscale printheads and INX Digital Triangle UV-curable inks. The four-color printer produces images at resolutions up to 1440 dpi at speeds ranging from 430-1291 sq ft/hr (40-120 sq m/hr). Variable-dropsizes range from 6-42 picolitres and allow users to select the appropriate resolution for each job, from 360-1440 dpi. INX Digital Triangle UV-curable inks are formulated specifically for use with Xaar 1001 printheads. Neolt says the inks enable the X-Jet to produce smooth-tone graphics, fine details, and sharp text.

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Digital Printer for Home Décor

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Hymmen GmbH

Hymmen’s new Jupiter is a digital printing system aimed at the home-décor market. Features include single-pass printing and Xaar 101 printheads, designed for imaging directly onto laminate flooring or furniture. The Jupiter can also print onto paper, wood, stone, and plastic, and it accommodates flat or curved objects.The modular printer can be integrated into existing printing and finishing lines, and the printing station can be scaled to suit individual production needs.

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Wide-Format UV Inkjet Printer

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Agfa Graphics

Opaque white printing now is possible with Agfa Graphics’ :Anapurna Mw wide-format UV inkjet printer. Agfa says the :Anapurna Mw includes the most advanced technology in the industry and facilitiates printing on transparent and backlit material, as well as white as a spot color. The printer can be used in industrial applications that call for printing white on translucent materials or on dark and colored substrates.

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Flat-To-Roll Option for Inkjet Printer

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Gandinnovations

Gandinnovations now offers a Flat-To-Roll (FTR) option for its recently released 1224 NanoJet2 flatbed printer. Gandinnovations says it expects FTR to cut down production time significantly. It is a factory-installed option that fits onto the front and back of the NanoJet2 and is synchronized with the print stepping for flatbed and UV roll-to-roll production. Users adjust the vacuum settings through the GUI to switch from flatbed to the roll-to-roll option.

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Inkjet Head Array

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FUJIFILM Dimatix

FUJIFILM Dimatix launched a new, drop-on-demand inkjet head array that the company says delivers best-in-class jetting performance in a ready-to-integrate printhead assembly. The ScanPAQ 2.5 Head Array is the first array based on Q-Class Sapphire printheads and is designed to help OEM system builders develop what Fujifilm Dimatix describes as cutting-edge printing systems with exceptional image quality and high productivity for advanced display graphics and other applications and reduce time to market.

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