3M adds to vehicle wrapping solutions

3M has added five colours to their Car Wrap Film Series 1080, bringing the number of colour options available to 55. 3M has also introduced a matte version of the popular Scotchcal Gloss Over-laminate 8580.Car wrapped in 3M film from 1080 series

New colours for the 3M Car Wrap Film Series 1080 are:

  • Gloss Charcoal Metallic
  • Gloss Blue Steel Metallic
  • Matte Dark Navy
  • Satin White Aluminium 
  • Matte Deep Black.

Series 1080 is designed for solid colour vehicle detailing, decoration and full wraps. The films can be applied to flat and curved surfaces and incorporate a multi-layer construction and grey-pigmented adhesive that for 'excellent' opacity. Invisible air release channels in the adhesive enable the film to be repositioned during the application process, for 'fast, easy and bubble-free graphic installations'. The films can be purposely removed for up to five years to accommodate changing vehicle personalisation and customisation requirements.

Scotchcal Matte Graphic Protection Over-laminate 8580M by 3M offers a complementary alternative to the film's gloss counterpart,. This enables a wider range of special effects to be achieved in vehicle wrapping applications involving digital printing. It is designed for use with Controltac Graphic Film IJ380-10 by 3M for the most challenging applications and with Controltac Graphic Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ180 by 3M for those that are less complex. The 25-micron cast matte film features a solvent-based acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive and offers six years' durability.

Vehicle wrapping films from 3M are available from primary distributors William Smith and Spandex.

www.3M.co.uk/graphicsolutions

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Freebies giveaway at Stand M37

Here are three very good reasons to visit Sign Update's stand at this year's exhibition. (Besides the fact that we love coming out from behind our computers to have a proper chat with as many of you as possible!)

We have teamed up with three companies that supply the sign and display industry, to give away some fantastic freebies. And an exhibition wouldn't be the same without freebies, although there are only so many pens and stress balls a person can own.


Internally threaded screw coversAluminium Satin wall-fixing supplied by FK MooreFK Moore will be giving away a sample of their 12mm dia wall fixings (product code WF1220SAL - see their advert for details), along with their internally threaded screw cap (F15SAT). They have recently reduced their prices dramatically and can offer these at a starting price of £1 each and 60p each respectively.

They will be distributed from the Sign Update stand, presented in a box, where a copy of their accompanying literature can also be requested by leaving contact details.

They say: "We pride ourselves for our superb quality and extensive range which we feel makes us unique in the current market."

They also stock these fittings in brass material, with either a polished brass, polished chrome or satin chrome finish.

All the wall fixings that they supply are usually readily available from their extensive stock and can be delivered on a next day service. This gives peace of mind for fitters/stockists alike. They also welcome all enquiries for bespoke items to customers' specification.

 


SignClip TF being shown attached to part of a pole.SignClip TF, Wyzrds are providing about 1,000 sample packs for distribution from the Sign Update stand (one per visitor) until they run out. These are for anyone producing twin flute or corrugated plastic signs, (brand names - "Correx" or "Twinplast" in the UK or "Coroplast", "IntePro", "Corriflute", "Corflute" and "Corriboard", overseas)

The sample pack contains two fronts and two backs, which is enough to put up a sign. It's a low cost disposable product, suitable for anyone doing temporary signage. You can press it through from the front with your thumbs because it is a self penetrating clip. Once the two points are through the twinwall plastic board, you just snap the backplate on and it's done!

The clip is designed to avoid the normal practice of boring a couple of holes through the twinflute boards with a screwdriver and using a cable tie, to strap it tightly to the pole. This primitive method usually distorts and tears the board and provides an unsatisfactory loose fixing for the sign. The SignClip successfully separates fixing from display. What are they worth? At just 20p a clip they come in bulk bags of 100 clips for £20 per bag.

www.SignClip.co.uk


Eurobond Surface Cleaning Wipes50 samples of 12ml penloc 2-part adhesive to be given away.Eurobond have given Sign Update 25 pots of their specialist Eurobond Surface Cleaning Wipes. These will be given to the first 25 people who reserve them by emailing us, then you can collect one at the exhibition.

These heavy duty cleaning wipes are ideally suited for cleaning all surfaces prior to bonding. Each 64gsm wipe is made of a special low lint material and impregnated with a blend of 70 per cent Isopropyl Alcohol and 30 per cent de-ionised water. The 'Flip Top' pot contains 100 wipes. Each pot is worth £8.74p plus vat.

Eurobond have also given us 50 sample cartridges of their 12ml Penloc® 2-part, high performance structural adhesive. This syringe can be used to bond most metals, plastics, glass, ceramic, composite, GRP, Dibond, Foamex and wood in any combination. Handling strength in five minutes. Working strength in one hour.They are worth £3.57p plus vat.

www.eurobond-adhesives.co.uk


If you would like to pick up these products at the exhibition, you can do so by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To see these products visit www.signupdate.co.uk/give-away

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New product supplier to the UK

A Tider PVC banner showing image of woman wearing a hatTider, who supply products such as PVC banners; inkjet media and textiles; and displays to the sign market in Europe, have launched their range in the UK. According to them, since September 2013 they have begun to make a big impact on sales in the UK market.

Tider is 'constantly expanding' its range. It specialises in product search and development for the sign market sector. The company has a logistical base in China and its experts there carry out the task with 'great skill and knowledge'. Quality control is present at every stage of production, to guarantee 'quality' and meeting the safety standards of REACH.

In 2006, Tider was established in the Netherlands, and the company has come a long way in the seven year period that followed. Despite fierce competition, Tider's market has 'expanded considerably' throughout Europe. All Tider products are imported directly by the company and are distributed directly to the print, sign and advertising field. This enables Tider to offer an 'unbeatable pricing strategy' to the market.

Tider says: "We intend to become a major supplier for sign makers in Britain as we have already done in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, etc. We have built up a respected name in the business in Europe and our reputation is our calling card. All the signs are good and we know that with our particular mix of talent and hard work that British clients will profit from our success and imagination."

According to Ms. Sophie Jiang, Director of Tider, the company has various products which, their research has found are especially popular in the UK, such as Rollup TC-5, PE Banner TP-170 and PVC Banner FT-440.
www.tidersign.com

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Create the 'perfect' surface graphics illusion with new Alumigraphics

Two men looking at an Alumigraphics surface graphic on the groundSoyang Europe has launched another 'revolutionary' new product that provides further opportunities for marketers to keep 'Every Surface Covered'. According to the company, this is in keeping with its mission to deliver innovative new solutions to the sign and graphics market.

Alumigraphics is a high-tech new media, versatile, 100 per cent recyclable, wide-format substrate made from pliable aluminium foil with a white finish that accepts a wide range of solvent, eco-solvent, latex and UV inks. A durable, easy to use media, it can be printed direct to the surface with no over lamination required, that moulds naturally, without heat, and can be applied to virtually any rough or smooth textured surface.

Andrew Simmons, Sales Director for Soyang Europe says: "We're confident that this amazing new media will have a massive impact on the industry. There is nothing currently available in Europe that has such a high level of durability, particularly in outdoor applications. What really sets it apart from other substrates is the aluminium foil base material combined with the specially developed top surface, allowing direct surface printing with no over lamination required. It's also really easy to apply to uneven or textured surfaces without heat or trained installers, all of which offers significant time and cost benefits to the end-user."

Awarded the prestigious 'Product of the Year' by the SGIA, Alumigraphics is available in two different surface finishes; Smooth for interior and exterior wall surfaces such as brick, stucco, concrete or tiled walls and Grip, with a slip-resistant reflective surface, perfect for external flooring applications such as concrete, asphalt or paving.

Simmons said: "The characteristics of a foil based media are completely different to vinyl or other substrates, allowing sign and graphics suppliers to create the feeling of an arresting 'illusion' for their installs. It doesn't deform or shrink, it conforms to any rough or smooth surface, it's easy to install and equally easy to remove, but still retains amazing durability with an expected performance life of up to a year, even in extreme conditions, yet looks just like a painted graphic!"
www.soyang.co.uk

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Snap&Fix® from Eurobond

Two lengths of interlocking plastic being stuck togetherSnap&Fix® is a new product from Eurobond Adhesives Ltd, which joins their range of 'high performance' tapes. They offer the signmaker a 'whole new world of possibilities' to permanently or temporarily fixing two materials together.

Snap&Fix® is a fastening system that works on the principle of interlocking plastic 'mushroom heads' that provide a solid connection when pressed firmly together. Snap&Fix® can be fastened and released as often as required either lengthwise or crosswise. The extruded mushroom heads are supplied in a roll length format with a high performance, pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive backing. In addition to roll lengths, Snap&Fix® will be supplied in small rigid plastic blocks and squares with countersunk holes drilled in the middle to mechanically fix them to walls or hard surfaces. This to act as fixing points that can then be mated with another block to form permanent or temporary mounting of sign boards, hoardings, facias and panels.

Snap&Fix® can also be used in applications such as bonding sign channel, mirror finished Dibond and other composite material instantly without any distortion or read through from the surface. It will bond together most metals, modern composites, wood, glass and many different plastics. And the great thing is you can disassemble them too, says the company.

When Snap&Fix® fastening systems are pushed together they form a high performing, 'very strong' and durable bond between two substrates. Snap&Fix® is already approved for use by some of the world's leading car manufacturers including VW, Ford, Volvo and BMW. Eurobond Adhesives are now making it available to the signmaking industry.
www.eurobond-adhesives.co.uk

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Sydney Beaumont launch flat sheet sign making range

A row of flat sheet products stacked togetherSydney Beaumont (Leeds) Ltd, distributors of self-adhesive vinyls since 1966, offer a range of flat sheet products for the sign maker.

Many well known brands are available for the first time from Sydney Beaumont's central Leeds warehousing facility such as Foamalite Foam PVC, Correx, Akyprint and Smart-X. Aluminium composite sheet is also offered in a high end digital print grade, AluprintDigital and a hoarding panel grade, ecoACM.

Geoff Leigh, Sydney Beaumont's Managing Director, said: "In the Yorkshire area we are a predominantly collection based business with our sign making customers calling during the day to pick up their orders of self adhesive vinyl products. Over the years many of these customers have told us how handy it would be to collect flat sheet products as well, meaning we would literally be a one stop shop for all their materials. Now, being part of the Pyramid Display Materials Group, this has given us access to the industries leading sheet product range and made this a reality I feel our customers will genuinely appreciate."

The flat sheet products are stored in an innovative mini vertical racking system christened "The Toast Rack". This enables minimum stock quantities of all products to be held in Leeds, and then topped up by Pyramids trunking system every morning. The Toast Rack has been wrapped in WW100 vinyl from MACtac printed with the brands of products now available. Full sheets are available for collection same day and a cut to size service is also offered for next day delivery.

A full range of self adhesive vinyl's from leading manufacturers including Aslan, Ritrama and Politape together with the Graphtec range of CAD plotters is also available from stock.

www.sydneybeaumontltd-leeds.co.uk

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SAi PixelBlaster 3.0 Print Production Software

A webpage on a computer screen showing pixelblaster softwareSA International (SAi) who provide solutions for the professional signmaking, large format digital printing and CAD/CAM for CNC machining industries, has released PixelBlaster 3.0 which takes print preparation and work flow efficiency to 'new levels'.
Launched in 2012 and upgraded in 2013, the award-winning SAi PixelBlaster production software is a modular and scaleable end-to-end system covering preflight to production. Using a PDF-based RIP, PixelBlaster delivers a customer-selected suite of work flow applications that can drive an extensive line-up of large format printers, regardless of supplier. A key feature is its ability to standardize colors based on industry accepted profiles, including GRACoL, Euroscale and FOGRA.

PixelBlaster is specifically designed to meet the needs of users in super-wide format, high volume print production environments, as well as the increasingly important specialty printing sector which embraces substrates such as glass and ceramics. The software provides flexibility and versatility to help users respond to customer requests; and balance their workloads to accommodate demand levels and equipment availability.

"PixelBlaster 3.0 offers customers new features, a time-saving internal structure and improved ease-of-use to deliver greater performance levels and streamlined print preparation," said Eyal Friedman, Vice President, Technical Services, SAi. "It also demonstrates our commitment to the continuous development of this solution in order to help our customers meet the demanding challenges of their markets."

Other new features of PixelBlaster 3.0

PixelBlaster Layout
With the new Layout feature, PixelBlaster will be integrated into even more work flows, producing a wider variety of printed products. Functions available in Layout include: true shape nesting, manual job positioning, double-sided printing, white handling and cutting. It also replaces the existing "Add Job" dialog of PixelBlaster Engine and the "Submit Job" dialog commands of PixelBlaster Central.

PixelBlaster Library
With a new user interface, Library now incorporates PixelBlaster Profile to make it even easier to achieve outstanding color results. It is one complete software application to create all profile components: print mode, ink splitting, calibration and profile.
A new integrated media manager offers a streamlined overview of every profile, including spot color edits. A new test chart generator recognises the defined media width and measurement devices. With the full support of external measurement devices, like the Barbieri Spectropad, PixelBlaster Library now offers internal devices like those found in HP Designjet and Epson Stylus Pro printers.

Double-sided printing
PixelBlaster 3.0 fully supports a wide variety of double-sided printing applications, which, importantly, are not limited to printers offering dedicated registration marks. This feature can be used for jobs using both manual and automated file processing.

Improved RIPping performance and quality
PixelBlaster's already high performance has been further optimized. Processing of some types of input files (e.g complex PDF files) has been improved by up to 200 per cent. This drastically reduces RIPping time to enhance productivity and work flow. New rendering parameters also deliver significantly improved sharpness, when needed.

Improved queue handling
Using the added function of a "Cut" tab in the queue function, it is now possible to define printing and cutting parameters for jobs in the same queue, improving both performance and use. This new tab offers all tools that are needed to combine printing and cutting into one fully automated production work flow.
www.thinksai.com

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