Canon Solutions America Inc., Large Format Printing Systems

Oce North America Offers GRAPHIC-AL Line of Aluminum Composite Materials

Océ now offers the GRAPHIC-ALTM collection of aluminum composite materials. This line is ideal for use with the Océ Arizona® Series UV flatbed printers and other wide format digital printing systems to produce indoor and outdoor signage and display applications. These materials will be demonstrated using an Océ Arizona Series printer – and final output will be on display – in the Océ booth #824 at the International Sign Expo, March 22-24, 2012, in Orlando.

The GRAPHIC-AL line

GRAPHIC-AL is a collection of four aluminum composite materials (ACM) designed for indoor and outdoor signage and displays. The entire GRAPHIC-AL collection of ACMs may be modified by using a saw or substrate cutter and may be contour-cut enabling easy project adaptation.

While each GRAPHIC-AL product has unique specifications and ideal applications, the entire GRAPHIC-AL line is produced by continuous coil coating and laminating processes, making consistent coating quality and outstanding flatness the hallmark of GRAPHIC-AL materials.

GRAPHIC-AL DP substrate is a direct-printable composite material that offers high rigidity, excellent flatness, consistent smoothness and application versatility; it is ideal for indoor or outdoor signage and displays. It is composed of two skins of 0.005" thick aluminum and a foamed polyethylene core and is topside-painted with a coating of high-polymer polyester resulting in stable adhesion. GRAPHIC-AL DP material is an excellent substrate for flatbed printers and UV curable inks such as the Océ Arizona Series UV flatbed printers.

GRAPHIC-AL LT substrate is a lightweight, reversible material that offers excellent flatness and high rigidity. GRAPHIC-AL LT material is composed of two skins of 0.010" thick aluminum and a polyethylene core. Both sides of the material are covered with a transparent protective film. It is the ideal substrate for a number of applications including free-standing displays, kiosks, and interior and exterior signage. GRAPHIC-AL LT material is particularly notable for its exceptional workability: it is easy to cut, groove, bend and assemble with standard sign industry machines and tools. GRAPHIC-AL LT material is offered in a variety of colors, adding to its versatility.

GRAPHIC-AL HP substrate is a flat, rigid material coated with a high performance polyester paint that keeps its original appearance for a number of years. It is composed of two skins of 0.010" thick aluminum and a polyethylene core, making it highly rigid yet lightweight, with the ability to withstand significant outdoor wind load conditions. GRAPHIC-AL HP material offers exceptional workability: it is easy to cut, groove, bend and assemble with standard sign industry machines and tools. GRAPHIC-AL HP material is an ideal ACM for outdoor canopies and fascia signs and is often used in corporate identity applications and retail shops. Additionally, GRAPHIC-AL HP material offers a ten-year finish warranty.

GRAPHIC-AL OR material offers exceptional rigidity, excellent flatness and superior smoothness. Due to the thinner aluminum skin (0.005" thick) and a foamed plastic core, GRAPHIC-AL OR material is a remarkably lightweight material. GRAPHIC-AL OR material is suitable for both indoor and outdoor signs and displays and may be cut with a substrate cutter or saw making it an extremely adaptable product.

GRAPHIC-AL products are produced by ALPOLIC, part of Mitsubishi Plastics' family of companies and one of the world's leading manufacturers of ACM and metal composite materials (MCM) panels. ALPOLIC operates a production facility in Chesapeake, VA.

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