Liquid Lamination Made Easy with the StarLam Laminator

For print facilities looking to increase speed and consistency in liquid coating applications, the Marabu StarLam Liquid Laminator is the go-to solution for water-based coatings, such as ClearShield Liquid Coatings.

Watch the video above to learn how easy it is to set up the StarLam and get it rolling. The machine can handle a variety of substrates up to 64-inches wide, as well as various coatings, such as Marabu ClearShield for the StarLam.

The StarLam can coat printed substrates for many applications, such as banners, canvas prints, vehicle graphics, wallcoverings, trade shows and more. Because the StarLam includes a heater and roll-to-roll design, the prints are ready to go with a finished, consistent layer of coating that offers the benefits of film lamination at a budget-friendly cost.

Applying coating using the StarLam is designed to be a one-person process, and it speeds up workflow for high-production shops. Plus, the StarLam cleans up in less than 10 minutes — no roller or pail rinsing and cleaning needed.

To learn how to shut down and clean the StarLam, watch the video below. If you have any questions about how to incorporate the StarLam Liquid Laminator in your operation, give a LexJet print specialist a call at 800-453-9538.

Let’s Take It Outside with Avery Dennison Films and Laminates

Ever-evolving printer technology allows print service providers to find ways to capture the attention of customers who want to take their advertising outside with exterior, transit or décor graphics. Now, PSPs have even more options for long-term outdoor signage; vehicle, transit and marine graphics; and floor, wall and window advertising, thanks to the addition of Avery Dennison films and laminates to the LexJet portfolio.

“When you need additional longevity or the ability to do vehicle wraps, the Avery Dennison family is the place to find solutions,” says LexJet Sales Rep Dave Grotkiewicz.

Below, we’ve highlighted some of the products to help you create long-term exterior solutions for your customers:

  • Avery Dennison MPI 2105 is an easy-to-use product for producing graphics for anything from fleet vehicles to outdoor signage and trade shows. It features the Easy Apply feature, which helps reduce mistakes during application.
  • Avery Dennison MPI 2050 is a translucent, calendered option that works well for illuminated signs or other backlit applications and offers great image quality.

Both MPI 2105 and MPI 2050 can be used with the Avery Dennison DOL 2000 series of laminates. These 3.1 mil calendered vinyl laminates are available in Gloss (DOL 2060), Luster (DOL 2070) or Matte (DOL 2080) to ensure you get the right finish for your graphics.

One of the best sellers in the Avery Dennison repertoire is the MPI 1105 super cast vinyl. It is designed to be paired with DOL 1060Z High Gloss, DOL 1080Z Matte, DOL 1380Z Matte or DOL 1460Z Gloss for optimal durability and protection. This family of products can be used in wide-ranging applications from fleet and transit to marine and watercraft.

Outside of transportation, the 1105 family can be used in POP/tradeshow applications as well as general outdoor signage. The conformability of this product allows you to tackle rivets, compound or simple curves, and corrugation.  This is one of the most versatile products currently available from LexJet.

When you are ready to unleash your exterior creativity, LexJet has something to help you shine. And don’t forget, fan favorites like LexJet Simple Adhesive Vinyl SUV or LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl are still readily available.

Avery Dennison and LexJet: Together at Last

Two of the biggest names in digital print media have joined forces. Avery Dennison has been at the forefront of digital graphics and vehicle wraps for decades, and has now partnered with LexJet to distribute its vast Graphic & Specialty product offering. From ultra-conformable vinyl for highly textured surfaces to car wraps designed to add color or effects to any vehicle, the Avery Dennison line will bring new opportunities to LexJet’s customers.

  • Digitally Printable Films
  • Overlaminate Films
  • Application Tools

Avery Dennison products make installation a breeze and this partnership will provide LexJet customers limitless creativity for indoor or outdoor event signage, wall décor and floor graphics, as well open opportunities in the fleet and vehicle graphics market.

With free ground shipping and 24/7 ordering on lexjet.com, customers will be able to easily find what they need, when they need it.

If you have questions about products or availability, please call 800-453-9838 and a LexJet sales specialist will be available to assist you.

Your Outdoor Media Cheat Sheet

When you’re looking to produce outdoor banners, signage, floor graphics or vehicle wraps, we’ve got the go-to products to help you get the job done with the best results.

Check out the infographic below for 12 outstanding products for these applications. We’ve listed the appropriate printer types, outdoor durability duration (short-term to long-term) and some product highlights you’ll want to keep in mind.

Click the image below to see the full chart.

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Beyond Branding with Perforated Window Vinyl

Window Graphics Legacy Nissan

Legacy Nissan in London, Ky., has been effectively branding itself with larger-than-life brand murals applied to both its exterior-facing and interior windows.

Mobile Advertising with LexJet Perforated Window VinylThough it continues to emphasize the Nissan brand, Legacy Nissan is also emphasizing specific services and promotions that help set it apart from other dealerships using LexJet Aqueous Perforated Vinyl (70/30) printed with an Epson Stylus Pro 9900.

Pictured here is Legacy Nissan’s most recent campaign, highlighting the fact that its salespeople aren’t driven by commission using a simple, direct approach: No Sales Commission. How Refreshing.

Vehicle Window GraphicsThis is the message now front and center across its storefront windows, and displayed on the road with perforated window vinyl applied to the windows of the Sentra the dealership uses for official business around town.

Tied into other marketing media, like social media and printed collateral, the new campaign is already paying dividends, says Legacy Nissan’s Missy Reid.

“Signage is an important part of our marketing campaigns, so in addition to using the window vinyl we’re also printing banners with LexJet TOUGHcoat Blockout Scrim Banner,” explains Reid. “We’re doing some shorter-term campaigns now and these are very effective methods to get the word out, particularly when you combine the big graphics on the window with supporting graphics inside the showroom, and the mobile advertising.”

Printing Custom Trailer Graphics in a Flash

 

Printing and installing trailer graphics

Alex Garcia, owner of New Wave Sign Co., Miami, recently encountered one of those rush jobs so common to wide format graphics production, particularly in the vehicle graphics niche. Fortunately for Garcia, he had access to everything he needed at his fingertips.

“The customer had a show scheduled in California and needed a trailer wrap in 48 hours. Thankfully, I had a new roll of LexJet Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl and told them I could do a partial wrap instead of a full wrap,” recalls Garcia. “And, since LexJet is able to deliver products to us so quickly I can turn a rush job like this around without having to charge extra. I was low on ink and fortunately I was able to call the order in to LexJet and I got the ink right away.”

Garcia was able to print right away, sending the design he created to his Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 low-solvent printer, then laminating the Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl with Simple Flo Wrap Gloss UV Laminate (2.4 Mil).

“The truck was white so I incorporated that white space into the design. The printed area is a line that’s about 52 inches tall that grows into three vertical panels. I also printed out the logos that were placed in the white space and contour cut them on my Summa cutter,” explains Garcia.

Though this was not a “full wrap” by definition, meaning that the graphics were not applied around the edges of the back and front of the trailer, it sure looks like a full wrap. Garcia and his team began applying the printed panels at 2 a.m., working through the wee morning hours to complete it in time.

“We washed the truck really well so that the white areas would really shine and to make sure the installation went smoothly. However, it was a challenge because we were wrapping in really cold weather, which is unusual in South Florida, even this time of year. We used a propane torch and heated the whole side of the truck to make the application surface warmer and kept the material in a car with the heater on to keep the graphics at room temperature,” says Garcia. “We love the Simple Flo Wrap Vinyl because it images nicely, it’s economical and it applies easily.”