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InteliCoat Celebrates 10 Years of Magic

(April 2003) posted on Tue Apr 22, 2003

With new materials to boost the revenues of owners of wide-format inkjets

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Mural Pro: This 54-in. wide, latex-based wallcovering material is suitable for use in residential, hospitality, commercial, and retail-design projects. After an image is selected and formatted, Mural Pro can be printed in panels on wide-format thermal inkjet printers that use pigmented, water-based inks (e.g. Encad NovaJets, ColorSpan DisplayMakers, Hewlett-Packard Designjet 5000UVs). The printed graphics can then be applied to interior walls using standard wallpaper pastes. The Mural Pro product meets ASTM 798 standards for commercial wallcoverings. According to InteliCoat's Ed McCarron, these standards not only mean the material meets requirements for flame-retardancy, but also that it can be subjected to a number of staining agents and cleaning cycles without demonstrating any visible changes.

Short-Run Floor Graphics: Floor graphics are increasingly popular in national brand-marketing and P-O-P campaigns in discount and grocery chains, but they can also be used in other ways, such as trade-show directional signage or environmental graphics for museum exhibits. InteliCoat's new two-component Magic? floor-graphic system makes it possible to create short runs of colorful, locally customized, and/or photorealistic floor graphics on aqueous-system thermal and piezo inkjets. The graphics are first printed on an inkjet-receptive adhesive-backed vinyl, then finished with Magic's compatible 4-mil clear or 6.4-mil textured slip-resistant vinyl overlaminate. The adhesive-backed vinyl is designed for use on a variety of commercial floor surfaces. The matching overlaminate meets industry standards for non-slip performance.

Inkjet-Printable Laminating Film: InteliCoat's PRINTLAM product is a printable polyester laminate with an adhesive that is also an image-receptive coating. Graphics are simply printed on reverse onto Printlam, then mounted on a rigid substrate. It reduces the additional time and materials involved in applying adhesives and laminating films to a graphic printed on traditional photobase media and then mounting it to the board. InteliCoat has enhanced Printlam to deliver better image quality and adhesion to popular mounting substrates such as Sintra? and Fome-Cor?.

Multiple Materials for Solvent-Ink-System Printers: Over the past year, Mimaki, Mutoh, DGI, and Oce have all introduced solvent-system inkjet printers priced to entice more small- to mid-sized sign companies to add wide-format digital printing services. Once they do, InteliCoat's eight new Magic? media for inkjet printers that use solvent-based inks can help sign companies expand their product offerings. The substrates, available in 36- to 60-in. widths, include:

an outdoor/indoor, tear-resistant Tyvek? banner media for applications that need to last about six months;

a polypropylene banner material with an ultra-smooth printing surface for banners or backlits used for up to a month outdoors or a year indoors;

a 6-mil indoor/outdoor banner fabric for soft signs and flags;

a 14-mil scrim vinyl banner material;

a polyester backlit film;

a midweight latex-saturated indoor/outdoor poster media and a smooth surface and luster finish;

a heavyweight latex-saturated, wet-strength substrate for digital wallcoverings;

a tear-resistant, latex-saturated and nylon-reinforced indoor banner/outdoor poster media for short-term promotions.

According to InteliCoat's Ed McCarron, some of the products in the solvent inkjet line, such as the polypropylene, Tyvek, and backlit films, will work on systems that use mild-solvent inks.

At InteliCoat's Magic website, visitors can find more details about each product, as well as Product Application Guides containing information of the physical properties of the media, how to achieve optimum printing results, and recommendations for various finishing processes.
The website also contains ICC profiles for selected combinations of RIPs, inks, printers, and Magic inkjet media. Website visitors can also request free sample rolls. (InteliCoat Technologies: