06 Apr 2020

MACtac Now Offers 52 Color Options in its MACmark 8300 Series

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Addition of 13 new colors provides more colour and cost-effective options for signage applications

Sign shops and distributors have asked for more colour choices in the popular MACmark® 8300 Series line of marking films, and MACtac® is delivering with an impressive 52 stock colour options. The proven, cost-effective intermediate coloured vinyl series is equipped with options that provide the same quality and consistent colour options customers have come to rely on while satisfying customer requirements for a more diverse colour palette.

Once only available as special order, the expanded MACmark 8300 Series of intermediate coloured vinyls now offers an array of colour options in 48”, 30”, 24” and 15” widths, including the 13 new additions of Apricot, Sandstone, Almond, Lavender, Copenhagen Blue, Butterfly Blue, Powder Blue, Nautical Blue, Seafoam Green, Vibrant Green, Flame Red, Raspberry and Mouse Grey.

The series is a proven market solution for a broad spectrum of cut vinyl applications, including medium-term indoor and outdoor retail signage.

“Our customers are asked to push the boundaries of their designs every day, and our products are here to help them accomplish those goals,” said Rick Moore, director of marketing, MACtac Graphic Products. “We’re pleased to offer a new colour line extension that keeps pace with customers’ growing desire for unique and eye-catching graphics while maintaining quality for multiple run jobs or price-sensitive applications.”

The products in the MACmark 8300 series line of coloured vinyls consist of 2.8-mil calendared vinyl films, featuring MACtac’s proprietary high gloss finish, and are coated with MACtac’s clear, permanent, solvent-based adhesive. The adhesive is protected by an 83# white kraft liner that reduces the risk of delamination when cut too deep, offers excellent layflat properties, and allows for quick weeding on complex designs. Designed for trouble-free processing on computerised cutters at fast speeds, these films weed quickly even on small letters and fine lines.

ArtSystems Xativa Large Format Proofing Media Awarded FOGRA Certification

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Xativa Large Format Media Gains New Award with FOGRA Certification

Xativa the large format media brand of ArtSystems Ltd has passed another milestone this month en route to becoming one of the channels highest quality media ranges. The FOGRA certification is for the Xativa X-Press range of proofing media; specifically Xativa X-Press Gloss and Satin Proofing Paper in 17”, 24” and 42” widths.

"The FOGRA standard is globally acknowledged and ensures that users can have total trust in the performance of the media. Proofing with digital inkjet is a demanding application and it’s vital that the user can reduce the variables in the process to a minimum. Using a FOGRA certified media is  crucial to getting the consistency needed". says Paul Tarry Consumables Sales Division Manager, ArtSystems Ltd.

The Xativa X-Press Proofing Paper is now available to Xativa Resellers and is already winning new business in this demanding sector.

"Many of our resellers service this sector but have not had a competitive product that has the needed quality certification. With Xativa X-Press they can now satisfy that demand."

ArtSystems' green portfolio grows with the launch another new range from Xativa.

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Large format specialist distributor ArtSystems has today launched the Xativa 'Sustain' range of media.  It meets the demands of today's end-users for fully FSC and PEFC certified and fully sustainable media head on, and addresses even the most demanding applications.  
The range was named as a direct reflection of its ethical values to maintain the provision of environmental solutions and products within the large format signage industry and is another addition to the ever growing Xativa portfolio of environmental media.  
Xativa Sustain, specifically developed for digital inkjet printing, includes a variety of media including satin, gloss, matt, uncoated and coated, high resolution, thermal photo, water resistant, instant dry and ultra white paper.  Media width includes A4 up to 60" 1524mm and media thickness up to 300gsm.
All Xativa Sustain products will be in stock and available to purchase through all channels including online from July 2009.
Dave Thomas, Managing Director of ArtSystems explains "This new range not only delivers on output quality and value for money to our customers, but is also part of our new EMS (Environmental Management System) to provide products and services that offer quantifiable environmental benefits.   In our aim to develop and promote more green products we are, in turn, helping more of our channel partners to make the correct environmental choice."

MACtac Application Nation Wizard Builder Tool Offers Immediate Application Solutions

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New and improved tool instantly pairs products with project criteria

Choosing the right product solution for an application can be a challenging process, but with MACtac® Graphic Products’ newly enhanced Application Nation Wizard Builder tool, the process is simplified.

Hosted on MACtac’s Application Nation Web site, recent updates and changes to Wizard Builder functionality now make the product-solution search tool robust and easy-to-use. MACtac customers simply select their application criteria – from application type, market, color, facestock, adhesive, print method and more – and they are then presented with a list of recommended application-specific product solutions.

Building on MACtac’s philosophy to offer customers more than product recommendations, Wizard Builder will populate application solutions, even when the project or job is lacking specific details. The user simply needs to choose the application type or category and Wizard Builder instantly recommends the MACtac solutions ideal for that application.

“Not only does the new and improved Wizard Builder deliver product options and application solutions to its users, it also offers instant access to helpful resources, like performance guides, sales literature and samples,” said Jason Yard, marketing application specialist, MACtac Graphic Products. “MACtac is continually updating the Application Nation Web site to make it one of the most educational and beneficial sites for the graphics industry – whether you are a seasoned professional, a novice installer or just someone with a curiosity about the industry.”

In addition to the newly enhanced Wizard Builder, www.TheApplicationNation.com features a number of key functionalities, including quick navigation to MACtac distributors worldwide, an “Ask the Expert” section, an open forum for industry networking, the latest graphic installation news, a project portfolio gallery for uploading and sharing jobs and projects with other members, information, trends, ideas and more.

Fujifilm shows that tension can be Wunderbars

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Fujifilm has announced the release of a revolutionary framing system for canvas prints. Wunderbars gives users a new way to create canvas wraps - quickly, easily, without the need for specialist tools and thanks to Wunderbars' exclusive stretcher bars each canvas will retain its tension.

Wunderbars' constant tension stretcher bars are even easier than standard stretchers to construct and stretch canvas prints. Wunderbars are precision machined so there is no need to measure the frame to get it square or constantly hit the frame with a mallet to keep it square during stretching, it will always remain square.

There is no requirement for complicated or overpriced stretching systems, machinery or devices, the only tool necessary is a staple gun. Wunderbars' unique self tensioning corner blocks ensure there's no more sagging canvas, it always stays taught and will contract and expand to the room's temperature and humidity. Each frame features a sprung pin mechanism which automatically stretches the canvas and ensures it remains under constant tension, this means there'll be no more visits from customers complaining of a sagging canvas. No wedges are needed, making for a cleaner finish on the rear of the frame.

A natural progression from traditional stretcher bars and stretching techniques the Wunderbars system has been developed for photographers and framers from the hobbyist right up to the production canvas framer.

The wood used for Wunderbars is Tulip wood which, unlike pine, is a hard wood with a top quality look and feel. It's a heavyweight timber with very little knotting. It helps give the completed frame a top quality professional feel.

In addition to being a great advance on standard canvas wrapping systems, Wunderbars ticks all the environmental boxes too - the wood comes from sustainable sources and it is possible to reset and reuse a frame.

Wunderbars frames come in packs of four in a range of sizes from 8inch to 48inch. Wunderbars is ideal for use with Fujifilm range of canvas inkjet media, or any other manufacturer's canvas media. Full details are available from www.wunderbars.com for further information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact your Fujifilm representative.

InteliCoat Technologies Adds MAGIC POS PRO+ 400 Blockout Film

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InteliCoat Technologies has introduced Magic POS PRO+ 400 at the 2009 SGIA Expo. The most recent addition to InteliCoat’s POS PRO+ product family, the 16.2 mil printable, anti-curl blockout film achieves optimum design for long lasting, durable tradeshow graphics.

"Due to the popularity of the POS PRO+ product line, we are constantly receiving ideas for new and exciting additions," said Jennifer Chagnon, product manager at InteliCoat Technologies. "We designed POS PRO+ 400 for use in tradeshow graphic applications where rigidity is key. Its high durability will enable customers utilizing all types of printing systems to realize success in the tradeshow arena."

Achieving the optimum design for long lasting, durable graphics, POS PRO+ 400 was specifically created for universal printing, including aqueous, solvent, eco solvent and UV cure printing systems. The most rigid product within the POS PRO+ family of products, POS PRO+ 400 will replace POS PRO+300.