3M has released Scotchlite Print Wrap Film 780mC-10R, a reflective film for vehicle wrapping designed with high conformability. The company reports that the material can be “healed” with heat in the event that bruising or dark spots occur during installation. The film features micro Comply Adhesive with non-visible air release channels. 3M says the reflectivity offers wider viewing angles that disperse light over a greater surface area than its previous reflective films.
GPA has added a new video to its Toner Talks series featuring Business Development Manager Craig Surette. He focuses on “the power of versioning,” says a release, “using the example of regionalized restaurant menus. The case study shows a large national chain restaurant menu printed on a synthetic substrate using an iGen press.
Essentra Specialty Tapes has introduced Duraco BHT Banner Hem Tape. The double-sided adhesive is weather-resistant and is said to eliminate the need for stitching or welding on the edges of vinyl, mesh, or fabric signs and banners. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor usage, according to the company, and features added durability for applications such as pole banners in windy areas. It is offered in 1-, 1.5-, and 2-in. widths.
“‘Think outside of the box’ is the motto that motivates all Ich&Kar projects,” says Helena Ichbiah of the French design duo Ich&Kar. So, when the company was asked to travel to New York for their first interior design project, they were ready for a challenge that was out of their ordinary.
Mactac’s new PermaColor PermaTrans is an optically clear, pressure-sensitive adhesive film for second-surface mounting. The film is designed to eliminate silvering over printed materials. It features a polyester-release liner on each side and is reportedly resistant to water, detergents, alcohol, and some aliphatic solvents.
STS Inks has added a line of Mild Solvent inks for the Seiko ColorPainter H-74S and H-104S inkjet printers. The inks are designed for faster drying and are available in CMYKcm, gray, and light gray. They are delivered in 1500-mL bags for bulk usage.
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe has opened a Digital Imaging Square at its European headquarters in Langenhagen, Germany. The 5920-square-foot facility houses nearly 20 systems including entry-level, wide-format, and industrial machines across the label, commercial, and industrial markets. A number of complete workflows are also present in collaboration with EFI, MGI, KIP, Plockmatic, Watkiss, and SDD.
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and SGIA are partnering to host an educational conference on digital textile printing. Set for December 6-7 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, North Carolina, “Digital Textile Printing: The Future Is Now” will present manufacturer’s panels, color management advice, design education, and more. Presentations include:
Historians have a knack for coining phrases that neatly define significant periods of time: the Renaissance, the Industrial Revolution, the Space Age. It’s amazing how one rather singular descriptor can tie together decades, or even centuries. Perhaps, in a hundred years, they’ll call the 2000s the Age of the Smartphone; it seems accurate. One handheld device infiltrates most of our daily existence; we work, play, pay bills, and store memories. Many 2-year-olds are adept enough with a smartphone to play games and call Grandma.
Tekra has released JetView Latex White Translucent Matte/Gloss Backlit Polycarbonate inkjet film in a 15-mil option for applications requiring more rigidity such as P-O-P displays and other signage. The film features a gloss finish on one side and a matte finish on the other; both are printable. Tekra says the material’s 32.5% light transmission helps reduce hot spots when backlit. Available in 53-in. widths.