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Rigid Report

(July 2011) posted on Wed Jul 27, 2011

More than 40 sources of rigid media.

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Neschen Americas
Its SolvoPrint Easy Panel line of rigid PVC media is designed for use with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV inks (available in 8.7-, 12- and 17-mil versions). Also available is Printlux Easy Panel for aqueous dye and pigmented inks (12- and 17-mil versions). All have high scratch and water-resistant properties. Available in 30-, 36-, 42-, and 54-in. widths, depending on product.

Its Converd by Neschen line includes Enviroboard MR (Moisture Resistant) rigid boards. Printable on both sides; available in 48 x 96-in. sheets for flatbed UV printing applications in 1/8-, 3/16-, and ¼-in. thicknesses.

Nudo Products
Its inkjet-printable products include PolyMetal, a 3- or 6-mm-thick aluminum on a recycled polyethylene core comes in a variety of colors finishes in 4 x 8-, 4 x 10-, and 5 x 10-ft sheets; AlumaCorr comprises a co-polymer core with a laminated 0.015-in. aluminum surface on both sides and available in various sizes and thicknesses; Nu-Alum is a pre-finished panel with a baked-enamel, polyester, wax-free coating available in 1/4-, ½-, and ¾-in. thicknesses in 4 x 8- or 4 x 10-ft sheets.

Palight Premium is a foamed PVC sheet specifically designed for digital printing (as well as screen printing), and is suitable for use with UV-cured, solvent-based, and aqueous inks. Features a bright-white, smooth, and uniform surface; available in matte or gloss finish. Available in 4 x 8-, 5 x 8-, and 6 x 8-ft sheets; in thicknesses from 0.40- to 0.984-in. Various stock/standard colors plus an array of Designer Colors. Palight Outdoor is a foamed PVC sheet for exterior signage and display; rot-resistant and resistant to splitting, it’s available in standard thicknesses from 0.5- to 1.25 in. and in 4 x 8-ft panels.

Panel Processing
Its Eco-Finish Rigid Print Media is an eco-friendly board that’s 99% formaldehyde free. It comprises biodegradable and recyclable DPI GreenCore rigid print media with a water-based coating. The combination results in a bright-white, smooth surface specially formulated for high-definition digital printing, the company says. Compatible with aqueous and UV inks (as well as soy); Panel Processing says that the product should be compatible with solvent inks but testing is recommended prior to print work (the company will supply test panels on request). Standard sheet size is 4 x 8 feet; other sizes are available.