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New Production Roll Arkwright Media
Arkwright Advanced Coating (arkwright.com) announced a new line of digitally coated inkjet media targeted for high-speed, production printers. The Production Roll line includes: 22150/22180 Light-Block Film Gloss (5-mil, 8-mil); 22340/22270 White Film Gloss (4-mil, 7-mil); 22450 Matte Backlit Film Gloss (5-mil); 70900 Latex Saturated Poster Paper, Satin (213 gsm); and two FSC-certified poster papers, 73686 Gloss Poster Paper (8-mil) and 73689 Satin Poster Paper (6-mil). All in widths ranging from 38 to 63 in., on 6-in. cores.
Impala Hybrid from Polytype Americas
Polytype America Corp. (polytypeamerica.com), exclusive distributor for the SwissQPrint printer line, introduced the Impala hybrid UV printer to North America. It uses an 8-color ink¬set (CMYKcmk+W)+varnish, supports drop sizes from 12 to 42 pl, offers resolution up to 1440 dpi, and print speeds up to 1441 sq ft/hr in flatbed mode (high-print quality is 387-720 sq ft/hr at 720 and 360 dpi). Maximum print area is 5 x 8 ft. The company also showcased several new print modes for the Oryx UV flatbed printers that increase the maximum print speed to 828 sq ft/hr in draft mode.
StarLam 1600R Laminator
Clearstar LP (clearstarcorp.com) released its redesigned StarLam 1600R roll-to-roll liquid laminator. The new model features rotating metering rods, a self-contained cleaning system and an advanced drying technique. The 1600R can handle media up to 64-in. wide and offers speeds of 1 to 4 ft/min.
Drytac Artsafe 200 Mounting Tissue
Drytac (drytac.com) showcased its Artsafe 200 mounting tissue, a high-quality, buffered, acid-free, non-yellowing, stable and safe adhesive for fine-art prints, posters, photo, and clippings. Artsafe 200 mounting tissue is supplied on a special “carrier release” paper, and can be used for small and large prints. A single-sided version (with adhesive on one side of the buffered tissue) is also available for use as a heat-set repair tissue.
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