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March '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • March 2018 • 83 Awning Material Options Awnings typically are composed of canvas woven out of acrylic, cotton or polyester yarn or vinyl laminated to polyester fabric. The canvas or fabric is stretched over a light structure of alumi- num, iron or steel and is light diffusing in the summer and light-enhancing in the winter, while also providing shade, breaking strong winds and protecting from rain and snow. Because they are exposed to the sun, weather and extreme heat and cold, awnings need to be durable and weather resistant, making selection of the material or substrate of "paramount importance," Douglas says. The substrate, the material where printing is carried out, needs to be of a high quality that will hold up to pull- ing, tensioning and weathering and be both weatherproof and flame retardant, which often is mandatory to meet code for commercial buildings, he says. Other materials such as acrylic aren't inherently flame retardant, and materi- als that aren't waterproof can expand in the rain and become baggy, allowing the fabric to flap in the wind and fail prema- turely, Douglas says. Cooley Group recently announced the launch of Weathertyte PLUS, a vinyl product with the look, feel and texture of a woven fabric designed primarily for commercial awning applications. It has more strength and offers a bolder, deeper image quality than the company's origi- nal flagship product, Weathertyte. "Weathertyte PLUS is revolutionary in that it offers the high performance of vinyl with the look, feel, and texture of a woven fabric," Douglas says. "It has improved workability. It is colorfast, waterproof (and) flame-retardant." Durst Image Technology, which makes industrial U V-curing printers, identified some emerging materials from one of its clients, Berger Textile. The materials include: • For UV printing, Berger Samba is airtight, wrinkle-free and waterproof and has a knife coating for optimal color pop and can be cold cut. ■ Effortlessly Switch Between CO 2 & Fiber ■ CO 2 & Fiber Lasers Hybridized in One Laser System ■ Economical & Versa�le Tool for Meta and Organic Materials ■ Real One Touch Auto Focus Finding March. 22 ~ 24, Booth # 3823 ISA Orlando, FL ISA Orlando FL High Quality Products for Your Finishing Needs. 8 0 0 - 7 7 2 - 2 3 2 7 w w w. s a f e t y s p e e d . c o m • V-Grooving • Scoring • Dust Free Cutting • Routing

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