Vista System International, a fast growing pioneer and world leader in Modular Curved Frame Technology (MCFT), introduces a new double sided flag sign for displaying information on road sides.
The new sign has an arrow shape design which offers increased visibility for passing traffic. The sign consists of three Vista Light extrusions, two aluminum end caps (top and bottom), two polycarbonate inserts used as background for the graphic inserts and two square supporting profiles for internal stabilisation. The sign is offered in a verity of sizes ranging up to 2.5m high and 1.2m wide.
MCFT (Modular Curved Frame Technology) is a new concept for the sign industry designed to fill the gap between modular and custom made signs. MCFT offers the best of both worlds by offering the advantages of a modern modular system with the ability to provide a highly customizable solution that meets the unique requirements for each project.
Drytac Europe Ltd, a Bristol, UK-based laminating film & machinery manufacturer, demonstrated its improved VersaCoater XL UV Liquid Coating machine to the European market for the first time at this years’ FESPA Digital in Hamburg.
The VersaCoater XL wide format UV curable roller coater is the most economical, flexible finishing solution for wide format graphics. Running at a process speed up to 33m/min, a 100m roll of printed vinyl was coated, cured and wound back onto a core in 4 minutes using the (optional) roll-to-roll feature during a live demonstration at FESPA.
Crowds gathered to watch this impressive feat, as well as the unveiling of the (optional) White Kit for the VersaCoater XL. With white liquid coatings for both flexible and rigid substrates, several reverse printed samples of acrylic we coated, showing how this feature can replace the costly need of printing in white, as well as give flexibility in opacity depending on how many passes through the coater the print went.
“I was very pleased at the level of interest shown for the VersaCoater XL,” said Jim Tatum, VP of Drytac’s Liquid Division, who attended the show. “The new features truly make this machine unlike any other available on the market and we were able to demonstrate that successfully.”
Other new features on the VersaCoater XL include a perspex see-through front cover with illuminated backlit coating section for improved visibility, a new curing system with split power feature for reduced power consumption, a new curing unit light shield for additional UV light safety (2m wide machine only), and a pneumatically controlled dual blade scraper, putting an end to wet prints on back side.
With the VersaCoater XL having been sold just prior to the show, Steve Broad, Sales Director for Drytac Europe, is confident that a few more installations will be completed throughout Europe before the year is out.
It’s not often that the launch of a new product in the banner finishing market results in potential customers experiencing genuine happiness at first sight, but that was the feeling expressed by many visitors to the Solent stand at the Sign & Digital Show this year.
Solent Sewing & Welding are the UK distributors for Miller Weldmaster’s superb range of heat welding machines for sign and banner printers. The launch of their new desktop hot wedge welder, the T3, specially designed for the lower volume, smaller sign and banner shop means that there is now an affordable alternative to the frustrations of taping or using handhelds.
The new T3 produces all the seams required, welding hems, overlaps, pockets and rope in hem seams and will help the small business owner reduce their costs with the efficiency and dependability of welded seams – a quantum leap in speed and quality. The T3 can weld PVC, mesh, PE and other industrial fabrics and welding speeds up to 10m/min can be achieved.
Designed to easily adapt to any small business, the T3 uses a limited amount of space, is compact enough to fit on a table and can also travel on a track for welding larger banners and awnings. Easy to operate controls are mounted on the front of the machine and start/stop is controlled either on the front of the machine or by a foot pedal for table-top operation. Built to Miller Weldmaster’s renowned quality, the solid steel frame will provide years of durability and plugs into a normal 3-pin single phase socket.
So when potential customers at the show viewed how easy the T3 is to operate and the superb quality it produces, dozens and dozens reacted with that big smile and the resulting orders have meant that this year’s Sign & Digital Show has been the best ever for Solent/Miller Weldmaster.
Acknowledging the continued importance of finishing processes as a part of practical learning about wide-format production, Vivid Laminating Technologies has joined forces with The Roland Academy with the provision of two Easymount machines. These state-of-the-art hot and cold laminators are to be incorporated into Roland DG’s industry accredited training courses held at Walsall College, and will enable new and experienced users of digital print to develop additional finishing skills in display production and sign-making.
The two machines joining the existing fleet of Roland digital solutions at the Academy are from Vivid’s comprehensive wide-format portfolio. The first of the duo is the Easymount EM-1400 cold mounting and laminating model which has a maximum film width of 1.4m, no warm-up time and a convenient reverse mechanism. The second unit, the Easymount EM-1600H, is a single hot roller machine with a width of 1.6m that can mount and laminate simultaneously.
Designed and manufactured by Vivid Laminating Technologies to ISO14001 standards, both of these solutions feature large diameter rollers, solid heavy-duty construction and a magic eye safety feature. The systems installed at The Roland Academy are representative of the company’s broad range of laminators from pouch and document models through to machines designed for wide-format print and signs up to 20mm in thickness.
Bruce Cozens, product manager at Vivid Laminating Technologies, is delighted that his company’s machines will play an integral role in courses at The Roland Academy. “The versatility of our solutions enables display producers and sign-makers to extend the range of services they offer to their end customers by adding durability and a more vivid and attractive appearance to applications,” he states. “The combination of our EM-1400 and EM-1600H models gives users an excellent introduction on how lamination can enhance different jobs as well as providing extra protection on a variety of end materials.”
“Finishing is a vital element in the production process, and the need to incorporate greater laminating versatility into our courses at The Roland Academy is vital as demand increases for wraps and vehicle graphics,” comments Jerry Davies, managing director of Roland DG (UK). “The Vivid Easymount machines complement perfectly our latest printing and cutting technologies, and will prove to be valuable additions to our programme of courses.”
[Photo shows Bruce Cozens from Vivid (left) and Jerry Davies from Roland DG (right)]
Vista System International, a fast growing pioneer and world leader in Modular Curved Frame Technology (MCFT), has recently won the prestigious 2011 ADEX Platinum Award For Design Excellence, for its innovative Laser Cut Pictograms.
The product that won the award was designed by Vista System R&D for a terminal project. It Features a Laser Cut Pictogram add-on that can be attached to any Vista System sign frame. The product was selected "for its superior product design and quality".
Vista System's laser cut pictogram series is another example of the flexibility of MCFT (Modular Curved Frame Technology). The client chooses any icon or logo to be featured, either previously produced or custom-designed. The chosen design is then laser cut from an aluminum sheet and attached to the appropriate sign extrusion.
Spandex has confirmed its status as the premier one-stop supplier of display systems for the digital printing and signmaking industries with a major expansion of the Spandex 300 Series of Roll-Up Displays.
No less than 16 new designs join the existing models to provide signmakers with a comprehensive range of solutions with which to meet the growing demand from customers for vibrant, attention-grabbing displays.
The enhanced 300 Series offers the ideal solution for a host of applications, from point-of-sale and point-of-purchase retail environments to exhibitions and other temporary and promotional events. Customers have a choice of finishes and designs for all environments, from the showroom to the more demanding wear and tear of an exhibition.
Spandex 300 Series Roll-Up Displays are lightweight, highly portable and notable for their ease of assembly and the speed with which graphics can be changed. They are available in a range of sizes capable of displaying graphics up to 2000mm x 2145mm and with a choice of fixings and extra features such as integral pole storage and tensioning systems. The new models offer a choice of display casing— single roller banner, removable cassette, double roller banner and single/double roller banner combined.
Commenting on the new models, Phil McMullin, Spandex’s UK Country Manager, says: “Digital technology has transformed the sign and display business, giving customers the flexibility to take bold, eye-catching graphics into every location, inside and out. As the creative options grow, it’s imperative that displays keep pace. Our new, enlarged 300 Series does just this.”
The full list of new 300 Series models is:
303 Series: A stylish, reliable, feature-rich single-sided roller banner specially designed for maximum convenience and ease of use.
304 Series: A popular quality roller banner stand for prestige locations, available in single or double-sided configurations.
305 Series: The 305 removable cassette roller system features refined styling, a streamlined profile and a host of new design innovations.
306 Series: Based on a very popular design, this versatile telescopic roller banner is lightweight, portable and very simple to use.
307 Series: A single-sided banner display with an increased internal housing—ideal for thicker graphics up to 450 microns.
308 Series: Available as a single or double-sided banner display with an increased internal housing—also ideal for graphics up to 450 microns.
309 Series: A smart roller banner styled on a highly popular base profile, with a substantial anodised silver casting. The 309 provides the perfect combination of design with stability. The spring-loaded rail clamp system and slide on/off applicator makes it easy to apply or change graphics.
310 Series: Sleek styling coupled with the latest banner technology makes the Roll Up 310 lightweight, portable and very easy to use.
311 Series: A lightweight economy roller banner with slim base and bungee pole making it very compact, complete with a twist-out foot for stability.
312 Series: A sleek low-profile single or double-sided banner with a high-specification finish, cast chrome metal end-plates and an adjustable base, for use on uneven floors.
313 Series: A lightweight economy roller banner with slim base and bungee pole making it very compact, complete with a twist-out foot for extra stability.
314 Series: Quick to assemble and easy to use, the 314 roll-up banner display features a snap fixing top rail for simple, secure graphic fixing.
315 Series: Designed to give promotions maximum impact, this stylish and eye-catching banner system is extremely quick to put up and easy to use, the 315 banner system is ideal for any exhibition environment.
316 Series: All the benefits of the 315 Series in a double-sided configuration.
317 Series: Designed to give promotions maximum impact, this stylish and eye-catching banner system is extremely quick to put up and easy to use, the 317 banner system is ideal for any exhibition environment.
318 Series: Designed to give promotions maximum impact, this stylish and eye-catching banner system is extremely quick to put up and easy to use, the 318 banner system is ideal for any exhibition environment
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