Mactac has revealed Rebel X-treme, a permanent adhesive media designed for difficult surfaces such as indoor and outdoor concrete surfaces, cinderblock walls, polypropylene, pebbled surfaces, powder-coated paint, stainless steel, and more. The material features a double-sided SuperFlat release liner and a 99%-opaque, blue-white PVC film in addition to the clear adhesive. Rebel X-treme is printable with latex, UV, solvent, and eco-solvent inks. It is durable up to 7 years outdoors and is available in 54- and 60-in. widths.
Mimaki has released version 5 of its RasterLink6 RIP software. New features include:
Agfa Graphics has released the 10th version of its Apogee Suite of workflow management software. New features include a new user interface and a cloud-based option.
The Apogee WebApproval portal for print buyers will now offer preflight notifications, page bleed and trim size information, separation previews, and validation for complex versioning.
Additional changes include IntelliTune technology for automatic image correction and image quality improvement, as well as enhanced versioning support.
Print NW provided a graphic refresh for a local Tacoma Goodwill, totaling 800 square feet of vinyl lettering, window and door graphics, and white ink-printed 3M Scotchcal Clear View Graphic Film 8150 on a charcoal wall to create a chalkboard look. Produced on a Vutek GS3250LX Pro, the install took 30 man hours as the team worked around ongoing construction.
Magic has introduced Adhere6.0, a 6-mil, removable window film featuring a high-gloss surface and a wet-apply silicone adhesive. Adhere6.0 is designed as an environmentally friendly alternative to vinyl. The company reports the material will not residue upon removal. It is printable with latex and UV inks, and is available in 50- and 54-in. widths.
Sihl is transitioning the synthetic liner for its SyntiSol and SyntiTec Easy Tack graphic media to a paper-based, PVC-free alternative. Both materials are designed to be tear-resistant and feature low-tack self-adhesives for bubble-free application and residue-free removal on glass and other smooth, flat surfaces, according to the company.
3529 SyntiSol offers a satin, low-glare finish and a water- and scratch-resistant coating. It is solvent- and UV-printable.
The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) has announced its annual Sustainability Conference for September 13 in Las Vegas.
FDC Graphic Films has announced a new warehouse, located in Reno, Nevada, that will serve the western US beginning in August. The company reports regional customers will see reduced delivery times; companies located in metropolitan areas in Arizona, Nevada, and southern California are eligible for next-day delivery.
Every four years, the global printing industry gathers in Düsseldorf, Germany, for drupa, the world’s largest exhibition of printing technology. And, within a day of the massive fair’s opening, the journalists in attendance (nearly 2000 of us) begin jockeying to coin a moniker that best captures the essence of the technology we see.
When asked if there were logistical challenges handling a 500-piece graphic rebranding, James Swanson, principal of Screaming Images, is unfazed. “No,” he says. “My shop is well equipped to handle a project like this.”