Inca Digital Printers (www.incadigital.com) recently made two new options available for its Inca Onset wide-format flatbed UV inkjet printer. One option provides new print techniques designed to deliver higher print speeds, as well as two new, higher quality print modes. The other is designed to improve gloss, adhesion on difficult substrates, and more versatility with heat-sensitive materials through reduced power consumption.
The all-new DiGiT instant numbering system from Vastex Int’l Inc. (www.vastex.com) is now available for any number up to 12 in. (305 mm) and in two colors. Vastex says the two-color version will fit on any rear-clamp manual screen-printing press with four to ten printheads. The system uses two screens for each color, each with five numbers. Each screen is clamped into one of two sliding rail assemblies secured by the rear screen clamps on almost any manual press.
All applications come with their share of obstacles to quality and productivity, but few are as challenging as large-format, screen-printed graphics. Difficulty often stems from the size of the image versus the size of the maximum screen size (per press), bringing the image very close to the sides of the frame. This configuration forces the operator to try and adapt the available tools to achieve what’s rarely possibale.
Alcan (www.alcancompositesusa.com) describes its New Profiles as an easy, cost-effective solution for attaching 0.12-in. (3-mm) rigid substrates in dimensional graphic displays and exhibits designed for medium-to-long-term applications. New Profiles aluminum extrusions can be used to join substrates and to provide a finished edge to display pieces. The profiles feature an anodized finish designed to resist scratches and environmental wear, can be used for indoor and outdoor displays, and are available in U-, L-, and H-shaped profiles. They are available in 98-in.
Hop Industries’ Hop-Syn TO is an opaque, synthetic paper designed for applications that require resistance to extreme temperatures, tearing, and UV. The paper features a smooth, matte finish and additional whitening agents, designed to produce 99% opacity and prevent reverse-side images under direct sunlight. The paper combines polypropylene and inorganic fillers, which allows it to withstand temperatures from -60° to 220°F (-51° to 104.4°C) without distortion.
Vitachrome Graphics describes its Biodecal as the first commercially viable and cost-effective alternative to traditional Mylar and PVC-based decals. Biodecal is a non-film-based decal suitable for indoor and outdoor use. It’s manufactured using only water-based inks, water-based adhesives, and a degradable paper liner. Biodecal, when applied, is completely inert, according to Vitachrome. What remains of the decal upon removal is water-based paint that reportedly weighs 98% less than traditional pressure-sensitive decals.
Drytac’s InstaCure SuperFlex is designed to form around rivets and stretch into compound and complex curves. The coating is thermoformable and can stretch up to six times its original size. The coating contains a proprietary blend of acrylate and UV-curable polymers and is formulated to resist scratches and abrasions and to withstand the rigors of commercial truck washes. Drytac Corp., 5383 Glen Alden Dr., Richmond, VA 23231, 804-222-3094, fax: 804-226-2330, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.drytac.com.
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X-Rite’s new portfolio of profile-creation solutions consolidates various various product options within the company’s ProfileMaker 5 and MonacoProfiler product lines. ProfileMaker 5 Platinum allows users to build custom ICC profiles tailored to their requirements. It combines the key features of previous editions of ProfileMaker 5 Photostudio and ProfileMaker 5 Publish, and it adds a multicolor plug-in for Adobe Photoshop.
Avery Dennison (www.averygraphics.com) recently brought two new overlamaninates to market: Avery DOL 1370 Luster and Avery DOL 1380 Matte Cast. Avery says they provide excellent protection against mechanical damage and UV-light exposure and are ideal for a wide range of applications, including vehicle and fleet wraps and indoor and outdoor architectural graphics. The overlaminates reportedly do no silver or mottle, and the Luster and Matte products are suitable for indoor wall murals where glare may be an issue.