Signs of the Times - May 2014 - (Page 50)

NEW PRODUCTS B y Wa d e S w o r m s t e d t Product Showcase: F LO O R - G R A P H I C M E D I A Steve Aust is ST's Senior Associate Editor. A member of its editorial staff since 2000, his work emphasizes vinyl graphics, architectural and environmental graphics, and 3-D signage. 3M Commercial Graphics 3M Commercial Solutions (St. Paul, MN) offers 3M™ Scotchcal™ IJ40C graphic film with Comply™ air-release adhesive, which is compatible with floor-graphic applications. Intended for latex-, solvent- or UV-cure-ink printing, the 3-mil, white material offers a glossy or matte finish. The opaque media reportedly provides excellent imageability, lasts up to three months outside with a lusterfinish overlaminate, and is easily removed with heat. 3M offers the film in 54-in.-wide rolls. (888) 364-3577; Orajet® 1663 Orafol MACtac MACtac's (Stow, OH) floor-graphic-media options include StreetRAP™, a 3.4-mil, matte-white material with an aggressive, permanent adhesive and a 90-lb. release liner that's designed for up to three months on outdoor cement or asphalt walking surfaces or up to two years indoors; Rebel™, 4-mil, matte and gloss-finish, clear and white films with a removable adhesive that lasts up to one year on interior floors; M Series, 3.2-mil, matte or gloss films that are suitable for one-year, indoor-floor installations; JT5828R and JT5829 3.7-mil materials, which are intended for two-year, interior-floor installations and contain a removable, opaque adhesive; JT5999R, a 3-mil, clear vinyl with a clear, removable adhesive that lasts up to two years indoors; and JT5828HTO, 3.7-mil, white film that lasts up to two months on interior carpet applications. The Permacolor® overlaminate line includes five PermaFlex® floor-graphic topcoats: three-indoor materials - textured-finish PF6400 (30-day floor duration), luster-finish IP6200 polycarbonate (2-3 years) and glossfinish LF3640/3640G (1 year) - textured-finish PF6500, which lasts 90 days indoors or one week outside; and textured-finish PF6300, which endures three years inside or 90 days outside. (866) 622-8223; 50 SIGNS OF THE TIMES May 2014 Orafol (Black Creek, GA) offers Orajet® 1663, a PVC media designed for indoor, floor-graphic installations on smooth, non-porous surfaces for up to three years. The 4.25-mil, white substrate is available with a glossy- or matte-finish surface; contains a clear, solvent-based, removable adhesive; and accepts solvent-, eco-solvent-, latex- or UV-cure-ink printing. The film contains an 83-lb., silicone-coated, paper release liner, and is available in 30-, 36-, 50-, 54- and 60-in.-wide, 150-ft.-long rolls. The company recommends its Oraguard® 250AS and 255AS laminates for topcoating the material. (888) 672-2251; Better Life Technologies Better Life Technologies (Lenexa, KS) produces G-Floor Graphic, a commercial-grade, vinyl-floor material that may be decorated with solvent and UV-cure inks, or screenprinted. The material accepts direct printing and mirrors the image for second-surface viewing in retail, tradeshow, restaurant and other high-traffic venues. Choices include 5- or 10-ft.-wide, white material with a wood-grain texture, and 48-, 54-, 60- or 120-in.-wide, clear media with wood-grain, ceramic or diamondtread finishes. (877) 810-6444;

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - May 2014

Signs of the Times - May 2014
Columns & Departments
St Update
Technology Update
Typography Foe Wide-Format Design
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review: The Mutoh ValueJet 1617H printer
Technology Review: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X7
Design Matters
New Products
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - May 2014