18 Jul 2018

New Scotchcal overlaminate from 3M protects from acid dew and intense UV rays

Logo 3m

3M Commercial Graphics introduces Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8528. This new overlaminate is specifically designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures, ultraviolet rays and acid dew common in Los Angeles and other west coast cities. In regions subject to intense heat, these conditions can lead to spotting and other discoloration in overlaminates.

"Our new overlaminate means longer-lasting graphics that stay vibrant, which helps make the most of our customers' investment and can set them apart from the competition," said Tim Boxeth, business manager for 3M Commercial Graphics. "The glossy finish gives that wet-paint look that customers are demanding."

Scotchcal overlaminate 8528 offers customers peace of mind with the industry's first published warranty for horizontal surfaces – two years for horizontal surfaces and up to seven years for vertical surfaces.

 

Atech launch new Bobis affordable flatbed multi-applicator/ laminator

Atech Bobis

Atech has launched a new Bobis affordable flatbed multi-applicator/ laminator. 

All signmaking and graphic display companies that work with self-adhesive vinyl will see huge benefits from using a Bobis Multi Applicator.  By using the Bobis Multi Applicator, you will apply a job in a third of the time it would normally take to do the same job manually.

The Bobis machine is a true workhorse and can be used for all types self-adhesive applications including banners, signs, glass manifestation application, colouring of large areas and application on all kinds of substrates up to six centimetres thick. The large flat bed provides an ergonomic work station that is easy on your knees and back – no more climbing and knee bending when applying to very large signs, thereby helping create a safer and healthier working environment for your creative team.

 

Graphics One and Kala Finishing Systems announce a strategic alliance

Kala Mistral

Graphics One LLC has announced its new collaborative effort with Kala Finishing Systems of Nouvoitou, France. The Graphics One-Kala strategic alliance brings all the Kala product line distribution to North America and South American markets.

Kala is a European manufacturer of cold and hot laminators which offer new ideas and design friendly performance. Starting at $3,995 for a 30-inch printer and with the most expensive high end advanced system for less than $20,000. Additionally, Kala is the manufacturer of GO's Kala direct-to-fabric and dye sublimation 67-inch calender system.

According to Laurent Bouchard, Managing Director, Kala, "We are pleased to partner with Graphics One as they launch our product line in the Americas. With our outstanding success in over 50 other countries, we are pleased to now offer leading price and performance laminators to markets in the Americas."

"The partnership is great for the overall wide format printing industry with pricing which allows outstanding quality with very competitive performance and pricing. The GO / Kala collaboration offers an immediate opportunity for our customers to take advantage of the high quality and cost effective solutions offered by Kala," added Dan Barefoot, President of Graphics One LLC.

 

Colex brings Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 to Dscoop

Colex Fotoba

Colex will have the Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 on display at the upcoming Dscoop conference in Orlando.

Designed to work with both rolls and sheets, it is the perfect solution to cut and trim all flexible media output up to 67-inches wide and 35-mil thick. It is capable of handling the output of several printers. Imagine cutting a 150-ft media roll in less than 15 minutes. Regardless of any feed misalignment, the Dreamcut XLD-170 will automatically realign to the edge of the printed image. It will always produce square-finished images even if the printer fails to print parallel to the media edge or if the printer fails to wind up the rolls squarely.

Colex also offers a CNC Flatbed Cutter/Router powered by i-cut software and compatible with most industry RIPs. This economic Flatbed Cutter features a router spindle, fixed knife and oscillating knife tool holder, vacuum table and dust-removal system. A video of the Flatbed will be running continuously in the Colex booth.

The Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 is the most versatile of all Fotoba cutters; however, Colex offers a choice of Fotoba cutters sized from 44 – 126 in. wide for various finishing applications.

See more Colex/Fotoba finishing solutions in action on the Hewlett-Packard Booth 714. H-P is running its high-speed mega-size roll HP/Scitex Turbojet with the Colex/Fotoba inline workflow solution. The Colex Automatic Alignment Table receives the printed sheets and feeds it correctly into the Fotoba X-Y Cutter for automatic cutting and trimming while the printer continues to print.

 

Zund UK launches trade-in part exchange programme

Zund G3

An exciting new programme has just been launched by Zund UK where existing owners of Zund flatbed cutters can apply for a trade-in value against their old cutter when they purchase a new Zund G3 flatbed cutter.

As expected from a company with a first class reputation in customer service, Zund is going one better than a simple trade-in and is also offering to take away your old cutter at the same time as your new installation, ensuring minimal disruption and maximum efficiency.

Peter Giddings, sales director of Zund UK explains why they came up with the idea; “We know that changing or upgrading any large piece of equipment can be a stressful and anxious time for a customer. Anything could go wrong in terms of delivery times, installation problems and issues with staffing and job deadlines. We can take these headaches away and ensure a smooth safe de-commission of your old cutter with delivery and installation of your new G3 cutter all at the same time with minimal fuss and disruption. Our engineers are used to dealing with all manner of issues and they take this kind of work in their stride.”

The new Zund G3 flatbed cutter and router eliminates all bottlenecks in your finishing department by automating all cutting and trimming options. The one machine has many functions and is truly a multifunctional production system. Since tools and modules can be added at any time, upgrades are easy and cost effective.  You can freely combine up to 3 modules. Module and tool changes are quick and easy, keeping change-over times to a minimum. In applications that require processing preprinted graphics, the laser pointer or optional ICC camera facilitate perfect registration.

“The real noticeable difference in the Zund G3 is the flexibility of the Universal Module’” continues Giddings, “which allows users to change techniques and jobs with the simple change of tool as opposed to buying a completely new accessory which in the past has been quite an investment. This leads to proven results of 20% - 25% in increased productivity in addition to the unit being so much more energy efficient using less power than its predecessor due to technical advancements with the vacuum system. We hope that our existing customers that know and love the old Zund systems will want to check the new G3 out now, especially with this new incentive.”

Atech launches Handy Eyelet tool for banner repairs

Atech Handy Eyepress

Most signmakers will at some stage or other have found themselves in a position where they have to repair a banner on site when a simple handheld eyelet tool would do the job. This has been a bit of a nightmare to sort at times – until now! Atech is proud to bring to the UK the most sought after tool a signmaker can buy – the Handy Eyepress.

Winner of the Viscom Innovation Award in 2009, this clever little tool has been selling like hotcakes across Europe and Atech has been awarded the UK distribution rights for it. Allan Ashman managing director comments; “We’re constantly searching for new and innovative tools to make the signmaker's life easier and his business more efficient. The Handy Eyepress fits this mould perfectly – as does its sister products from the Emblem range of manual and pneumatic eyelet presses. We’ll be showcasing them at Sign & Digital UK this year on our stand so you can see for yourself just how easy they are to use and how much time they can save you and your business.”

The Handy Eyepress is the first of its kind, its ideal for making on-site repairs to installed banners.  It is available in two sizes – one for 9.5mm eyelets and another for 11mm eyelets.