More than just “icing on the cake” for a graphics job, laminates and protective films also can be the key ingredient when it comes to a print’s durability. Plus, a laminate can add to the graphic’s aesthetic – providing a texture and visual feel that really pulls the viewer’s eye. Add in other qualities like enhanced slip-resistance for floor graphics and an anti-graffiti agent for public venues and it’s all but impossible to ignore how critical laminates are in today’s wide-format world.
If you think there’s nothing new in the area of color management, think again. Researchers and vendors continue to be hard at work developing new products, standards, and technologies to get color under control. In some respects, the idea of attaining perfect color control is an unattainable goal: Color, after all, will always be somewhat subjective, as we know every human eye sees color a bit differently.
What happens in Vegas definitely no longer stays in Vegas, certainly not when it comes to the digital-print marketplace.
CET Color 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.
Avery Graphics’ 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, StaFlat, and Easy Apply liners.
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 requiring a gray, permanent adhesive, the company reports. Available in a gloss finish, 54-in. width, and lengths of 25 and 50 yards.
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.
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.
EskoArtwork showcased its new i-cut Suite, targeted specifically for companies that operate a large-format digital printer and/or digital finishing system, and require professional tools to streamline their workflows. The Suite comprises various modules, including i-cut Preflight for efficient PDF preflighting and editing, i-cut Layout for interactive layout and nesting, and i-cut Vision Pro control system for precise and accurate die-less cutting.
Inca Digital showcased its faster Onset S20, which now boasts an additional 15% speed boost (a 24% increase since its initial launch). The printer’s new high-speed mode lets users print graphics at speeds ranging from 1600 to 3330 sq ft/hr, the company reports, and offers resolutions from 600 to 1000 dpi. The new print mode is standard on all new Onset S20s; existing S20 units can get a free upgrade. Fujifilm (fujifilm.com) is the exclusive Inca distributor.