Continental Grafix has released Innova Clear, a clear vinyl film with an 80/20 perforation pattern for interior window graphics. The film is designed for printers to reverse print the desired image, then flood with white and black, according to the company. It is compatible with solvent, UV, and latex inks, and available in 54-in. widths.
Agfa Graphics has introduced Duratex Black Back Mesh Banner, a material designed to improve visibility from within a wrapped building without the need to print flood coat. Other applications include frontlit signage, window graphics, and tradeshow displays. Duratex Black Back is available in up to 196-in. widths and is printable with most solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inkjet printers.
Avery Dennison has added three textured films to its MPI 2600 line for creating wall graphics, with the option for permanent (MPI 2630) and removable (MPI 2631) adhesives. Each of the three textures – Pure Canvas, Crushed Stone, and Natural Stucco – is printable with solvent, eco-solvent, latex, and UV inks and durable up to 2 years printed (4 years unprinted). The 6-mil line has an ASTM E84 Class A fire rating and is available in 54- and 60-in. widths.
Tried and Blue
Michael Dominguez, senior VP of hotel sales for MGM Resorts International, says to stick with blue tones when designing wallcoverings for meeting rooms because they are reminiscent of sky and daylight, keeping individuals awake and alert. Steer away from yellow tones as they release melatonin, which could lead to sleepy meeting members.
Designs and Styles
What’s trending for 2016? Carol Cisco, publisher of Interior Design magazine, says:
The commission of a 50 x 260-foot banner may intimidate some, but with a motto of “no task is too big, no detail is too small,” MetroMedia Technologies was ready for the job. Designed to announce the expansion of the Beavers’ Valley Football Center at MMT’s longtime client Oregon State University, the banner was printed on the shop’s proprietary 32-foot drum printer on 13-ounce MMT 313 mesh vinyl, which resists wind and allows rain to flow through to the roof, says Paul Nevue, account director.
FESPA’s regional events will travel to Italy, Mexico, and Africa this year as part of the association’s Profit for Purpose program, dedicated to investing in local print communities around the world.
Mutoh has launched the ValueJet 1638UH, a 64-in. UV-LED hybrid printer for high-speed printing on roll and rigid substrates. The new model features dual staggered printheads and dual UV lamps, a design engineered to push print speed up to 220 sq ft/hr and decrease cure time.
Users can print on media up to a ½ in. thick with a max. resolution of 1440 dpi. Available configurations include dual CMYK or CMYK + white + varnish. The 1638UH also features Intelligent Interweave printing, designed to eliminate banding.
Newmor Wallcoverings teamed with interior designer Hampton Design Studios to develop nearly 14,000 square feet of wall décor for the ibis hotel in Barnsley, UK. Inspired by historical local industries like coal mining and the glass trade, the designs complement the hotel’s simple metal architecture and were printed on Newmor’s proprietary digital wallcovering film with a Mimaki UJV500-160 wide-format printer. The hotel used its own maintenance teams to install the work.
Tucanna and Enfocus have partnered to develop the Enfocus Switch configurator for tFlow to offer increased integration of PSPs’ production and job management workflow capabilities. Enhanced functions include:
Seal Graphics has released Pure Color Monet Light, a medium-weight, gloss polyester/cotton blend canvas for producing giclées, portraits, and interior displays. Printable with solvent, latex, and UV inks, Monet Light meets NFPA 701 fire rating and is available in widths ranging from 20 to 122 in.