Award-winning Drytac to create immersive experience at PRINTING United

PRINTING United 2019 will feature an immersive experience for visitors, packed with applications using Drytac® products – while experts from the self-adhesive materials brand will also present an unmissable educational session.

PRINTING United is the new trade show from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA), taking place in Dallas, TX from October 23rd to 25th 2019. A major draw for visitors will be The Experience Zone, an inspirational and immersive showcase of printing applications and their potential environments – such as packaging, retail signage and hospitality graphics. Drytac floor graphics media will cover the entirety of the floor in The Experience Zone.

Drytac materials will also be on show at the brand’s freshly designed booth (6224), including the five products to have won awards at the SGIA 2019 Product of the Year competition. A panel of judges representing the printing industry declared Protac™ Anti-Scratch Gloss 10 mil, Polar® Chrome, ReTac® Textures, ViziPrint® Illuminate and ViziPrint® Deco SR to be the best in their categories in this prestigious annual contest. An awards ceremony will be held before PRINTING United, on October 22nd. The Drytac team will be on hand to share their wealth of knowledge and experience about these award-winning products – and the whole Drytac range – throughout the show.

In addition, Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, and Dennis Leblanc, Eastern and Central Canadian Territory Manager, will be presenting an educational session on Adhesives for Retail Graphics on the first day of PRINTING United. The presentation will be packed with practical information on the diverse types of adhesives available, the products best suited to specific applications, and how installation costs should be a key part of any retail visual graphics project. Adhesives for Retail Graphics is scheduled for Wednesday October 23rd at 11am (Room C140).

Drytac is partnering with several print technology manufacturers and distributors who are also exhibiting at PRINTING United, allowing visitors to see Drytac products in use across the show floor. This will demonstrate the compatibility of Drytac ranges – including ViziPrintSpotOnReTac and Polar – with a variety of different printing technologies and applications. Regular updates will be posted on Drytac’s social media platforms prior to and during PRINTING United.

PRINTING United will take place in Dallas, TX, USA from October 23rd to 25th 2019, with Drytac participating on Booth 6224. For more details and to register for the show, please visit www.printingunited.com.

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Drytac picks up an incredible five awards at SGIA 2019 Product of the Year competition

Drytac® has been recognized for its adhesive material innovations in an incredible five categories at the SGIA 2019 Product of the Year competition – exceeding last year’s win of two awards.

The awards have been announced ahead of PRINTING United, the newest event from the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) stable. Taking place in Dallas, TX from October 23rd to 25th 2019, the show covers the gamut of printing technologies and will feature Drytac at Booth 6224. An awards ceremony will be held ahead of the show, on October 22nd.

Drytac came top in the Laminates, Adhesives, Films, Coatings category for its Protac™ Anti-Scratch Gloss 10 mil (250μ), a clear PET laminating film with a scratch-resistant hard coat and high-gloss finish, which is coated on one side with Drytac’s clear-as-glass pressure-sensitive adhesive. It is also available in a 4 mil (100μ) version.

In the Media – Adhesive Back (Not Vinyl) group, Drytac received the SGIA nod for its exceptional Polar® Chrome product, a silver satin reflective PET film designed for eye-catching indoor and short-term outdoor displays and signage. It is also ideal for ultra-reflective and durable labels and stickers – as proven by an epic cross-country motorcycle trip undertaken by Drytac’s Jerry Hill earlier this year.

Drytac ReTac® Textures picked up the SGIA trophy for Media – Adhesive Back Vinyl, in recognition of its ability to add depth and visual appeal to flat images thanks to its embossed textured finish, with ReTac ultra-removable adhesive backing for easy removal and repositioning – making it the perfect option for high-impact wall graphics.

ViziPrint® Illuminate, a translucent matte PET film designed specifically by Drytac for incredible window graphics and decals, won the Media – Films prize, while SGIA honouredViziPrint® Deco SR in the Media – Non-PVC category. Like Illuminate, this window film has been developed for stunning graphics on glass and other smooth surfaces, with extra staying power.

The SGIA 2019 Product of the Year awards were decided by a panel of judges representing the whole printing industry, who evaluated over 200 entries in 72 categories.

Ray Weiss, Director of Digital Print Programs, SGIA, comments: “One of the things I like best about our competition is that it is juried, and judges are basing their decisions on objective criteria. And with outstanding entries like Drytac’s products, they had their work cut out for them.

“The Product of the Year competition represents the best of the best among commercial hardware, software, consumables, and industrial and screen equipment. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, says: “In 2018 we were recognized in two categories in the SGIA Product of the Year competition, so to have won five in 2019 is fantastic. These five awards are testament to the market-leading innovation of the whole Drytac team, who consistently look to the market and its changing needs to develop exciting new products.”

He adds: “We’re looking forward to demonstrating all five of these award-winning products – and many more – at the new PRINTING United show in October.”

PRINTING United will take place in Dallas, USA from October 23rd to 25th 2019. Drytac will exhibit at Booth 6224. For more details, please visit www.printingunited.com. For further information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com.

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Drytac teams up with famous names and faces at The Print Show

Bristol, UK, August 27, 2019: Drytac® products will be showcased across The Print Show this autumn, with technology partners and even some celebrity guests demonstrating the leading manufacturer’s adhesive-coated products.

Taking place from September 17th to 19th 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham, The Print Show will feature the latest printing technology from global brands, many using Drytac media. On the Fujifilm stand (E40), visitors will have the opportunity to meet explorer and writer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, champion boxer Chris Eubank, and Masterchef presenter and cookery writer Gregg Wallace, during book-signing sessions in a booth decorated using Drytac ReTac Textures material. This embossed film adds depth and visual appeal to flat surfaces such as walls and exhibition stands, and will be changed every day of The Print Show to reflect the celebrity guest.

Designs were provided by students from Birmingham City University.

The Epson booth (B10) will also get a Drytac makeover each day, with Drytac Academy Manager Gareth Newman changing the graphics live on the theme of spring, summer, autumn and winter. This dedicated Drytac area of the Epson stand will showcase ReTac, SpotOn, ViziPrint and SpotOn Floor, while a feature wall will be decorated with ReTac Textures and each of the Epson printers on display will be running Drytac materials.

Over on the Hybrid stand (E10), the team will be running Drytac ViziPrint window graphics film and the new super-reflective Drytac Polar Chrome on Mimaki UCJV UV printer/cutter systems, while the stand itself will act as a showcase for graphics printed on Drytac SpotOn and ReTac. The Print Show visitors will also be able to see Drytac ranges in situ on Soyang’s booth (P126), which will introduce its new recycling scheme using 18 panels printed using a range of Drytac products on different printing systems.

For anyone not at The Print Show in September, Drytac will have a film crew on site to capture all the action.

Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac Europe, comments: “At this year’s Print Show there will be a huge number of Drytac ranges and products on display, making it easy for visitors to see their compatibility with many applications, printing technologies and hardware, and to get information and advice from both the Drytac team and representatives from innovative brands.

“By changing the graphics each day at the Epson and Fujifilm stands we’ll also be demonstrating just how simple it is to apply and remove Drytac media, to create even very short-term, eye-catching displays.”

For more information on Polar Chrome and Drytac, please visit www.drytac.com. For further details on The Print Show, please visit www.theprintshow.co.uk.

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Drytac adds thousands of ICC profiles to revamped website

Drytac® has created thousands of ICC profiles based on popular printer models, inks, RIPs and Drytac media to enable its customers worldwide to take advantage of quick, high-quality plug and print capabilities.

The vast number of profiles have been added to the recently revamped Drytac.com website. As a leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets, the new Drytac website brings together a wealth of information about its products to help customers choose the perfect media for their project.

Over 1,800 profiles have been created for Drytac by the Mimaki Colour Engineering team at the printer manufacturer’s headquarters in Japan. These profiles are for all Drytac’s products that are compatible with Mimaki wide-format printers up to 1.6m, including print-and-cut, eco-solvent and UV technologies. The profile selection also covers all the ink configurations available, such as SS2, ES3 eco-solvent inks and LUS 170, LUS 175 and LUS 200 series UV-LED inks, and all ink sets-up including CMYKCMYK, CMYKLcLm, and special colours. In addition, there are profiles for both white and clear inks for all Mimaki UV machines for multi-layer printing. This adds up to the most comprehensive range of profiles for any materials manufacturer on the market.

The Drytac profile collection also comprises nearly 30 HP Latex certifications, profiles and machine settings on the PrintOS portal, which includes profiles for the new R Series printer; a wide range from the Roland Profile Centre, which includes all ECO-SOL MAX ink types for VersaCAMM and TrueVIS systems, including the latest models; profiles for OKI ColorPainter; and profiles for Fujifilm Acuity LED 1600 II, for both the Caldera and ColorGATE RIP platforms.

Drytac is also supported by Epson Europe and Japan, resulting in a constantly expanding range of colour profiles and settings on the Epson Connect cloud service. A complete range of profiles for the new Ricoh Latex Pro devices, in particular combining Drytac’s clear products and Ricoh’s new white latex ink technology, is coming soon. Furthermore, Drytac is working with Caldera, ColorGate, Onyx and providers of local RIPs included with devices, such as Roland Versaworks and Mimaki Rasterlink.

“Through working in tandem with printer and software manufacturers, we have made literally thousands of profiles accessible via our website,” Shaun Holdom, Global Product Manager at Drytac, comments. “The selection is being constantly updated with more and more colour profiles for all kinds of devices and applications.”

“Additionally, at Drytac we have the in-house capability to provide custom profiles as required for our customers on any of our products, to maximise the colour output of their devices.”

To access the ICC profile library and for more information on Drytac’s products and services, please visit www.drytac.com/profiles.

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Epic journey through desert and snow proves Drytac Polar Chrome’s endurance

Authored by Jerry Hill, Vice President of New Business Development, Drytac

Drytac®‘s new metallic print media has been put to the test during an epic cross-country journey – and survived.

This March Jerry Hill, Vice President of Business Development at Drytac – a market-leading international manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large format print and signage markets – decided to travel from Drytac’s US HQ in Richmond, VA to the ISA International Sign Expo in Las Vegas not by plane, but by motorcycle.

The 2,400 mile, 36-hour ride to Las Vegas (and back again) presented a great opportunity to test out Polar Chrome, Drytac’s bold new reflective film designed foreye-catching indoor and short-term outdoor signage, billboards and exhibition graphics, POS displays, bus and subway advertisements, and ultra-reflective labels and decals. Tests have shown Polar Chrome offers exterior durability of up to two years, and Jerry’s extreme motorcycle ride proves it can withstand even the toughest conditions.

Jerry Hill explains: “A decal was specially designed for the occasion and applied to my black powder coated panniers. The decal would tag along for the ride.

“I never thought that I would have to endure the extremes of 112ºF (44ºC) of Death Valley and the snow, sleet, and hail of the southern Colorado mountains, with temperatures dropping to 28.5ºF (-2ºC).

“I ended up with a 5,600 mile journey of personal exuberance with the decal performing flawlessly, never budging, shrinking, or peeling – even a smidge.”

Jerry adds that Polar Chrome was not developed as a vehicle graphic media but his test more than prove its endurance for applications such as signage, award plaques, and POP displays.

“I now know that I can tell my customers, with confidence, that whatever graphic they build, that Polar Chrome will be at their side until the end of the journey,” he says.

Polar Chrome is a 75 micron (3 mil) reflective satin silver PET film, available in rolls up to 60″ wide and compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV printing technology. For indoor applications, it offers durability of up to three years, and is easily and cleanly removed after use.

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