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17 Mar, 2020

Book protection films have many advantages: In addition to protecting against damage, the book's covers are easy to clean and resistant to a wide range of cleaning agents and solvents.  The easy-to-clean and resistant to a wide range of cleaning agents and solvents.  The easy-to-clean covers are a big advantage for libraries and any other location where books are handled by many people.  Nevertheless, there are a few points you should consider when cleaning your wrapped books.

Cleaning book protection films

In order to prevent dust particles, small grains of sand or other particles from damaging the surface, damp cleaning is recommended for book protection films.  A special cleaner for films is not necessary and conventional cleaning agents can be used.  A mixture of warm water and detergent is very effective.  However, very aggressive or abrasive cleaning agents are not suitable.

Disinfecting book protection films

How the book protection film can also be disinfected and not just cleaned, depends on the film.

To select the right kind of disinfectant, take into consideration which types of microorganisms are to be killed.  Additionally, it is important to keep the agent's effect on the material in mind.   Not every surface is compatible with all types of disinfectants.  Under certain circumstances, some book protection films can be damaged by the use of certain chemical compositions.

To clean book protection films thoroughly, it is wise to disinfect them with a liquid agent.  Disinfection with gases (such as ethylene oxide) and radiation (beta or gamma rays) is not possible with book protection films.

Liquid disinfectants are based on

  • Ethanol
  • Isopropanol
  • Glycerine
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Distilled Water

However, these components can have a negative effect on plastic, depending on their concentration, exposure time and temperature.  Additionally, the reaction depends on the plastic material itself because every type of surface reacts differently to these chemicals.

Disinfecting PVC-based book protection films

Book protection films made of PVC are sensitive to ethanol and isopropanol. The result: The film becomes brittle if it repeatedly comes into contact with these substances. The two named chemicals dissolve the plasticisers and the alcohol penetrates the film, causing it to swell up. Afterwards, the film will feel sticky. However, Glycerine, hydrogen peroxide and distilled water do not harm PVC films and are therefore a better choice for disinfection.

Disinfecting PP-based book protection films

When it comes to disinfecting PP-based films, it is important to know that hydrogen peroxide can damage the surface more easily due to its oxidation effect.The other components (ethanol, isopropanol, glycerine and distilled water) do not harm the material and are a good choice.

Note: Both, PP and PVC book protection films should be cleaned or disinfected carefully, otherwise the surface will get scratches from the cleaning motion, resulting in the film’s transparency to be lost.

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9 Mar, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY, March 9th, 2020 – Onyx Graphics today announced the acceptance of Digital Output’s 25th Annual Top 50 Readers’ Choice Awards. Each year Digital Output’s dedicated readership dictates the top 50 winners and ten honourable mentions.

Using the magazine’s web-based metric system, DOdirect.net, the magazine tallies readers’ interest in companies throughout the year via requests made on print and web editorial, and advertisements seen by their readership in their magazine, website or weekly newsletter. Onyx Graphics is now celebrating many

years of recognition by Digital Output’s readership with its inclusion in another year’s top choice awards.

“We are continually thankful to our worldwide customer base for choosing ONYX as their preferred solution,” said Jonathan Rogers, International Marketing Manager at Onyx Graphics, Inc. “We are committed to developing industry-leading software solutions and support for our customers to achieve the very best output for their print buyer customers.”

This latest award marks the first accolade for 2020 for ONYX software solutions. ONYX 19 will be showcased at the upcoming International Sign Expo in Atlanta Georgia, USA this April, along with the newly released ONYX Hub 2.0. ONYX Hub 2.0 brings data protection with secure server encryption, new user account controls and streamlined job submission from a central location to improve print production processes. ONYX 19 saw the introduction of the Spark Engine for a 400% increase in RIP speeds and DeviceLink+, a new system of colour management automation controls to synchronize colour across devices.

About Onyx Graphics, Inc.

Leading the industry since 1989, Onyx Graphics is dedicated to helping customers increase productivity, reduce costs, and gain a competitive edge with superior print and colour quality. Its passion for delivering superb colour led to the development of ONYX Color, Onyx Graphics’ own colour engine optimized specifically for large format inkjet printing. Innovative, productive, and satisfied customers around the globe help motivate the company to continually develop and enhance its leading-edge technologies. Global channel partnerships and longstanding relationships with printer manufacturers position Onyx Graphics as a market leader in powerful, reliable, large format printing workflow software.  Visit www.onyxgfx.com.

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6 Mar, 2020

Picture framing can be a challenge when presented with a variety of materials:  Valuable original artworks or historical documents require a different approach than photographs.  Nevertheless, every project deserves reliable solutions.  Discover our overview of picture framing essentials, ideal for the professional picture framer.

Framing of original artworks, reproductions and photographs

Decorative Aspect
By framing a picture, its decorative effect is emphasised and the picture transforms into a focal point on the wall.  For best results, the material, size and colour of the frame should match the creative vision of its creator or the customer and should therefore be chosen carefully.  When selecting a frame, the whole interior design should be taken into consideration including the colour scheme and the layout of the room.

Securing the artworks value long term
The material of the frame should match the value of the picture.  A high-quality picture deserves a high-quality frame.  Secure the value of the artwork by professionally framing it with reliable materials.

Protecting the picture again environmental factors
To ensure that a picture is preserved over many decades, protection against natural and mechanical environmental influences should always be the main focus of picture framing.  Professional framing protects the artwork from moisture, dirt, dust and fingerprints.

Picture framing with mats

Enhancing the look of a framed piece
The material, colour and thickness of mat/passe-parout gives the picture an individual note.  The choice of the mat's material and colour depends on personal taste, the colour scheme of the picture as well as the frame.  Mats are available with varying degrees of thickness and thus create different visual effects and varying degrees of depth.

Visual staging
Mats underline the look of the frame and draw the eye to the framed piece even more.  By Incorporating at mat, an image can be staged in a whole new way.

Protecting the artwork
A passe-partout creates a space between the picture and the glass of the frame.  The surface of the picture has no direct contact with the glass and is therefore better protected.  In addition, a passe-partout regulates the level of moisture within the framing by absorbing it and thus minimising its damaging impact on the picture.

Products for the picture framer

Self-adhesive takes and the passe-partout
Filmoplast tapes are a high-quality adhesive solution that meets the high demands of museums and archives.  The product range includes a variety of self-adhesive tapes that meet the most diverse requirements in picture framing.  For example the product Filmoplast P and P90, with their slightly alkaline adhesive, are ideal for mounting pictures behind the mat with so-called t-hinge.  Filmoplast SH is excellent for creating a reliable hinge to mount the passe-partout to the mountboard.  Filmoplast T creates a dust-proof seal in the back of the frame.  To repair and restore paper, Filmoplast R is an excellent choice.

Reasons for using Filmoplast tapes

  • Acid, solvent and phthalate-free
  • Resistant to ageing
  • Permanently elastic
  • Non-yellowing
  • No breakthrough after bonding to the substrate
  • Practical adhesive tape format in a handy dispenser box (including cutting knife)
  • No water required to activate the adhesive

example of T-hinge

T-hinge made easy with self-adhesive tapes: When choosing tapes, it is important that the products do not damage the picture.  Products such as Filmoplast P and Filmoplast P 90 therefore have a slightly alkaline adhesive.

example of Filmoplast P / P90 usage

Gudy® films for mounting onboard materials

To frame a picture professionally, there are a variety of useful products and materials available. These also include the double-sided adhesive and paper-based products Gudy® 831 Fine Art smooth and Gudy® 832 Fine Art textured. In addition to framing pictures, they are also suitable for mounting on a variety of board materials. Coated with a solvent-free, ageing-resistant and permanently elastic acrylic adhesive, both products are excellent for mounting art prints, photos and art reproductions of nearly all kinds. While Gudy® 831 fine art textured is used for smooth, not heavily textured papers up to 300 g/m2, Gudy® 832 fine art textured creates a secure bond even when working with strongly textured papers.

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3 Mar, 2020

So many different interiors, so many different surfaces. As an interior decorator, shopfitter or sign maker, you regularly face challenges when it comes to walls. Not every surface needs the same adhesion performance. In some cases, you have to deal with several types of surfaces within a single project – for example for the design of numerous shops of a retail chain. In this case, the application surfaces of the various shop interiors can vary widely and it may not always be possible to choose one and the same film. Not all films are suited for materials like structured walls (e.g. with a spack-spraying structure), concrete, chipboard or painted walls.

When you have to deal with various substrates in single a project, it is always wise to test a small piece of film for its adhesive strength on the designated surface. If you want more certainty regarding the adhesion of your film, choose a film with a high-tack adhesion, such as solvoprint® performance wall-grip. This film features a high-tack adhesive that is suitable for various challenging surfaces, such as rough interior walls, smooth and dry concrete, chipboard, polypropylene or other difficult surfaces

High-tack adhesive suitable for difficult surfaces

The StickerCompany in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands, regularly faces projects with challenging surfaces. Customers often ask whether their wall finish is suitable for applying stickers. This was also the case with a client, who wanted to add new signage to their business interior. The building featured many different surfaces, varying from varnished wood to structured walls with a spack-spraying finish. In order to get a clear picture of the situation, the StickerCompany asked for photos to be sent.

This allowed Tinus Kouwenberg, owner of the company, to make a decision as to which film would be suitable. Because of their good experience with solvoprint® performance wall-grip, this choice was easily made. The material has a high-tack adhesive that offers an ideal grip on difficult to adhere to substrates, such as concrete, chipboard or structured walls.

The design of the decals consists of fine details and line work, which was no problem for this film either. After the design was printed with a Canon Colorado, the signage was effortlessly cut into shape and then applied to various places in the building. Simply applying the film with the pressure of a squeegee sufficed to get a good adhesion.

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1 Mar, 2020

Digital media and display specialist Innova Art will be displaying their extensive range of high-quality photo and art papers to the public as well as providing advice on how to get the most out of your digital photography at this year's Photography Show, NEC, Birmingham, 14th-17th March 2020.

The award-winning Innova Editions® range represents the pick of Innova Art’s exceptional coated papers. This range includes traditionally mould-made, fully archival papers from the famed Italian paper mill Fabriano. Makers of high-end art papers since the 13th Century. Combined with Innova Art’s superlative inkjet coating technology, these choice papers fuse classic tones and textures with 21st century intensity and impact.

There are more exciting options in the Innova Fine Art range. Why not try Innova Art’s Cold Press Rough Textured Natural White with its watercolour-like surface? Or the silky Smooth Cotton High White? Both are museum-grade papers developed to enhance and preserve your images over the decades.

For drama, finesse and an unmatched tonal range, how about the Innova Photo Art range? Choose from a range of papers with Innova Art’s FibaPrint® coating technology. FibaPrint® Ultra Smooth Gloss – an award-winning digital fibre-based alternative to traditional baryta papers, or FibaPrint® White Matte, a super smooth matte paper with bright white tone.

And that’s not all. If it’s endless variety you want, you’ll find it in the exhaustive Olmec™ range. From resin-coated inkjet photo papers in a range of surfaces to matte papers which are a great introduction to fine art printing. As the tried and tested route to achieving professional-quality inkjet prints, Olmec™ is always the right option.

If you take beautiful photographs. Visit Innova Art at The Photography Show 2020 and discover everything you need to present them as artfully as your work deserves.

The Innova Art team will be on hand for inspiration, from exciting display ideas such as the JetMaster®, GOframe and Pinchbook™ Photo Book ranges – simple, effective and oh-so-sophisticated solutions to 3D prints for desks, shelves and walls, homes, galleries or interiors.

Online retail specialist FineArtFoto.co.uk will be there, providing in-depth guidance and demonstrations. And like every personal shopper, price is all part of the service.

Give your images the love they deserve. Visit Innova Art on stand A1 at The Photography Show 2020, NEC, Birmingham, UK, 14th-17th March.

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