The Commercial Graphics Division of diversified technology company 3M has introduced a new warranty service for its graphic films and overlaminates to meet the high quality standards of the European image graphics market. Performance Guarantee adds value for graphics converters by assuring quality, durability and longevity of 3M media used in combination with the printer manufacturers' original inks. It is available for a wide range of piezo print platforms for varying interior, exterior large-format digital print applications, including fleet signage.
"Having been tried, tested and found highly valuable in the US graphics market, the 3M Performance Guarantee will now provide European converters with the peace of mind that they will generate reliable and lasting impressions for their end customers," said Rainer Schlösser, European Market Development Manager, 3M's Commercial Graphics Division. "We've designed and engineered our media to work consistently with piezo print platforms and have put them put though rigorous physical diagnostic tests to ensure they conform to 3M's strict product specifications."
As a result of comprehensive testing, approved 3M films and overlaminates are guaranteed to be free of media induced artifacts that can cause misprints and are guaranteed to adhere to recommended substrates.
"Vinyls, adhesives, liners, overlaminates, clearcoats and premasks all have different chemistries that must work together for a given application," said Schlösser. "When chemistry or environmental changes occur, physical properties can change. That is why we take great care and pride in the development and execution of our testing and confidently stand behind our graphic films with the creation of the Performance Guarantee."
The typical qualification process of printers and inks with 3M films and overlaminates takes four to five months but varies according to the material combinations and applications as detailed on 3M's web site. To qualify for the Performance Guarantee, the graphics must be installed according to 3M recommendations. The warranty service covers the replacement cost of 3M materials only and does not cover image fade, cracking, peeling or any other performance issues.
Among the qualified printers and inks covered by the Performance Guarantee are models from efi-Vutek, Epson, Gandinnovation, HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland and Seiko. 3M continues to test and qualify printers and additional models are expected to be added to the Performance Guarantee in the near future.