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The Express-Jet/ASI is an industrial direct-to-substrate printer that uses UV LED curing and is engineered to handle ad-specialty applications. It offers 5 colors (CMYK+W) and resolutions up to 1200 dpi. Maximum print size is 18 x 18 in., although the XL Print Option allows for 20 x 30 in.
MacTac’s New B-free Gruv Line
MacTac Graphic Products (www.mactac.com) expanded its Imagin B-free portfolio with the introduction of its new Imagin B-free Gruv pressure-sensitive media. The B-free Gruv line features three products:
• Intermediate GV529BFD, a 3-mil gloss white, soft calendered PVC film ideal for quick turnaround time on installation to a variety of substrates. It offers ease of installation for short- to medium-term indoor and outdoor advertising and signage, such as point-of-purchase (P-O-P), tradeshow and museum graphics.
• High-performance GV729BFD, a 2.8-mil gloss white vinyl designed for use on flat or simply curved surfaces such as indoor and outdoor signage, displays and P-O-P, as well as partial vehicle wraps.
• Ultra-conformable GV929BFD, a 2.1-mil gloss white vinyl designed for long-term outdoor and permanent vehicle markings on flat, curved, complex and riveted surfaces, such as full and partial vehicle wraps, bus wraps, museum signage, and more.
TS-300 Hybrid from Teckwin
Teckwin (www.teckwin.com) showed its TS-300 printer, a hybrid UV printer that offers 7 colors (CMYKcm+White) and an eight-zone vacuum bed. Top print speed is 900 sq ft/hr, and the TS-300 can produce prints up to 60 x 97 in. (flatbed) and 72-in. wide (rollfed). It can handle media up to 2-in. thick. A Teckwin-edition Caldera RIP comes bundled with the printer.
Avery 900 Supercast Opaque Films
Avery Graphics’ (www.averygraphics.com) new Avery 900 Supercast Opaque films feature the company’s Supercast technology and are intended for screen, thermal-transfer, and/or cut technologies (not inkjet). The 2.1-mil Avery 900 films offer various adhesive options – Permanent, Hi Tack, and Permanent Long Term Removable adhesives – and a range of Kraft, Sta-Flat, and Easy Apply liners. Enhanced conformability allows the films to stay down over deep channels, complex curves, and rivets without the need for applying primer, Avery reports, making them good choices for fleet graphics, wraps, outdoor and architectural signage, and public transportation. The films are high gloss.
CET Color’s FK512-X Printer
CET Color (www.cetcolor.com) showcased its 4 x 8-ft UV flatbed printer, the FK512-X. The printer offers a 14-pl drop size, white ink, and varnish capabilities, a scalable platform from 6 head to 16 head configurations, and an ink-tank capacity of 3 liters. Maximum print speed is 800 sq ft/hr, with a top resolution of 720 x 1440 dpi; it can handle media up to 3-in. thick.