Esko’s new Kongsberg C66 digital cutting table is designed for heavy-duty corrugated production and spans 98 x 189 in. The table can run up to 328 ft/min and can handle manual multi-zone production of 87 x 126-in. sheets. Operators can set up one zone while the other is running.
Innotech has added the Kinetix Magnetic Sheet family of media. Kinetix Magnetic Sheet White Matt is available in thicknesses of 11.8-, 23.6-, and 33.5-mil. The white matte-finished vinyl media is engineered for inkjet printing with solvent and eco-solvent inks. Innotech reports the media is flexible and can be folded and twisted without damaging any of the magnetic properties.
Swela, a German manufacturer of digitally printable fabric, has added Outguard, a PVC-free, 100% polyester material compatible with dye sublimation, solvent, eco-solvent, and latex inks. Swela reports the fabric is recyclable; crack-, weather-, UV-, tear-, and abrasion-resistant; and offers long-term outdoor durability.
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As startups and established ventures alike realize the boost in business a mobile advertisement can provide, it comes as no surprise that PSPs offering some sort of vehicle wrapping capability are a dime a dozen these days. As more and more shops move into the vehicle graphics market, high quality installs and designs with “wow” factors set the wrap experts apart from the wrap dabblers.
Mactac has announced a number of product developments in the Imagin DecoMural wall media line. The adhesive-backed, digitally printable media now features a scratch-resistant PVC textured film designed to resemble canvas. Additional new features include Mactac SuperFlat lay-flat liner and Roodle adhesive technology for edge-to-edge printing, easier installation, and removability. The media is durable outdoors for up to three years and five years for indoor graphics.
Tekra has released JetView UV Writable Chalkboard Material, a nonvinyl, inkjet printable substrate that is writable with chalk or chalk pens. The material can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Designed for applications such as menu boards, retail signage, promotional graphics, and children’s craft areas, the material is UV and latex printable and features a repositionable, removable adhesive backing.
PremEx Solutions, a new joint venture between Expand Systems and Premier Textiles, is now offering a variety of fabric media lines. Products include:
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Summa has announced the opening of a new Summa Customer Experience Center in Bangkok. The center was opened by Summa distributor Phaisankij Engineering Company in partnership with All About Print. The center is open for demonstrations and features a Summa F Series F1330 flatbed cutting table and all modules and tools currently on the market. Summa reports plans to continue investments in the Asian market, in a release.