RTape has released Synaps OM, a polyester film designed for durability and resistance to water, weather, fading, tearing, curling, and glare for indoor and outdoor applications such as tradeshow graphics, banners, and P-O-P signage. Synaps OM is available in 5-, 8-, and 10-mil varieties and offers a double-sided matte finish. It is PVC-free and reportedly does not require lamination. It is printable with UV and latex inkjet technologies, and available in 36- and 54-in. widths.
My Press Needs has launched the Widemouth attachment for its line of Crest Clamshell cutters. Widemouth is an extension that enables users to die cut large-format structural board up to 5/8 in. thick. It is reportedly the first of its kind with the ability to cut thick substrates such as Falconboard, Foam Cor, and Ultra Board, as well as integrate touch screen and digital controls in the make-ready process. It can also cut as many as 10 sheets at a time, according to a release.
Mactac has engineered Imagin WindowView Cling, a non-adhesive film for short-term window applications that will not leave residue upon removal. Available in clear or white, the film is inkjet printable and durable up to 6 months indoors or 3 months outdoors, according to the company. Can be installed wet or dry. Offered in 54-in. widths.
LexJet has revealed nine additions to its WallPro by York line of wallcoverings, all available in 54-in. widths. Most of the offerings pass Type II crack resistance and heat age tests, as well as the CA 01350 standard for indoor air quality.
Latex and UV-printable offerings include:
DreamScape has added several new colors and textures to its media offerings for wallcoverings, including:
Bordeaux has launched Plasma AC, a UV ink set designed for use with Fujifilm’s Acuity UV flatbed printers. Available in CMYK and white, the inks are offered in 2-L bags. They are durable up to 2 years outdoors, and reportedly require no flushing of the lines to switch from the OEM product.
Avery Dennison has added MPI 1006 to its line of products featuring Hi-Tack, an adhesive designed for long-term durability on difficult surfaces such as powder-coated paints, low surface energy plastics, fiberglass, and protective clear coats. MPI 1006 is a digitally printable cast vinyl film for vehicle graphics, decals, and other outdoor applications up to 10 years. Available in 54- and 60-in. widths.
For the first time ever, Pantone has named two colors of the year, Rose Quartz (Pantone 13-1520) and Serenity (Pantone 13-1520).
“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times,” according to Pantone’s release.
In light of a March 2014 study that revealed the number of small businesses that don’t utilize their storefronts (36 percent) and vehicles (46 percent) for advertising, 3M has launched the online resource “Brand You” to provide branding education for small businesses. The site features information ranging from quick “brand basics” to essays on the science of visual theory. Users can also peruse testimonials from other business owners, as well as case studies and galleries of successful business branding.
After announcing plans to develop roll-to-roll inkjet digital printers in collaboration with KBA, HP has announced its first press, the PageWide Web Press T1100S for pre-printing corrugated top liner. Unlike analog machines, which were designed for batch processing, this machine allows for increased customization and personalization.