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SGIA 2010: Viva Las Vegas

(January 2011) posted on Wed Jan 12, 2011

Expo broke records, generated buzz, introduced new technologies.

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By Gregory Sharpless

InteliCoat Magic GFPhoto-240 Paper
InteliCoat Technologies ( introduced Magic GFPhoto-240, a heavyweight 240-gsm photo-realistic paper specifically designed for solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV-cure printers. The 8-mil, satin paper boasts a bright white surface, very high color gamut and saturation, and is aimed at high-resolution graphics, posters, and displays. Available in 30-, 50-, and 60-in. widths.

Visual Magnetics’ PolyPeel Magnetic Receptive Film
Visual Magnetics (, developer of the Visual Magnetics Graphic System, introduced its new PolyPeel magnetic-receptive film. The 3-mil magnetic-receptive satin polyester film boasts a highly magnetic coating on the back, which allows for the printing of images that will hold magnets through the surface of the film. This allows a user to place magnets directly on a printed image, and the image can be removed at will. PolyPeel’s removable adhesive adheres to most smooth surfaces, the company reports. Applications include menu boards and the temporary placement of any magnetic-receptive removable panel. PolyPeel is available in 54-in. widths and is compatible with UV-curable, screen, HP Latex, solvent, and litho printing platforms. The film is made from 25-50% post-consumer soda bottles.

Oracal Introduces New Media
Oracal USA ( showcased OraJet Series 3951HT High-Tack cast PVC digital media. Designed for “hard-to-stick,” rough or textured, low-energy plastics or substrates, the 2-mil 3951HT is aimed at long-term, solvent inkjet printable graphic applications 2011requiring a gray, permanent adhesive, the company reports. Available in a gloss finish, 54-in. width, and lengths of 25 and 50 yds.

Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 From Colex
The Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 made its US show debut, from the company’s North American distributor, Colex ( The XLD-170 is designed to work with rolls and sheets up 67-in. wide and 35-mil thick; it offers a max linear speed of 50 ft/min. Features include: self-squaring, automatic tracking of image edge, adjustable cutting lengths, self-sharpening blade, and more. It can handle polycarbonate, photo paper, vinyl, self-adhesive vinyl, PVC, film, duratrans, TDF, canvas, laminated or encapsulated prints, and other media.

Express-Jet Printers by Lawson
Lawson Screen & Digital Products ( debuted its Express-Jet line of inkjet printers. The Express-Jet Graphic is a 5-color (CMYK+W) wide-format flatbed inkjet printer that features a moving table and scanning head and supports a maximum print size of 58 x 72 in. Top speed is 410 sq ft/hr and maximum resolution is 1200 dpi. It utilizes pigmented aqueous inks.