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Acrylic Adhesive System               

Adhesive specially designed for solvent digital media and coloured cutting plotter PVC films.  This adhesive is most commonly available in a "water-based" or solvent form depending on the product. Products with a "water-based" adhesive are not recomended to be applied with the aid of a vinyl application fluid (wet application).


C             

Cast PVC (polyvinylchloride)     

Cast PVC is the highest grade of film.  Available in both solvent digital media and coloured cutting plotter forms this type of vinyl offers impressive cutting and weeding properties as well as minimal shrinkage for durable, dimensionally stable applications such as architectural signage, vehicle and fleet graphics. It applies well to irregular surfaces, including corrugations and rivets.


Catadioptic Glass Beads


Glass beads specially designed to reflect light used in the manufacture of retro reflective films. 


CMYK                  

CMYK is an abbreviation of the four colours, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black. These four colours are the basis of "process printing" in which combinations of each colour are used to produce an image or graphic.


Colour Management

Is the controlled conversion between the colour representations on your computers monitor to the colours produced after pressing your image on to a substrate.


D           

DPI

DPI is an abbreviation of the words Dots per Inch and refers to the amount of dots or pixels which make up your image.


H           

Heat Press

Is used to sublimate your printed transfers on to the chosen substrate. Your heat press should be set to the correct time, temperature and pressure for each substrate.


I             

ICC Profile

Is a colour management file which is used in the output stage of the graphics software program. This file ensures that the colours which are shown on the screen are correctly delivered on the chosen substrate.


K            

Kraft Liner

Basic uncoated backing used on some self adhesive vinyl products. While one side of the liner is coated with silicon to allow the self adhesive vinyl to be removed the back of this product is plain kraft (uncoated paper).


M          

Masking

Image masking is the process of eliminating the background from a selected image, isolating the required selection.


Micron

The term micron means one-millionth of a metre (or one-thousandth of a millimetre, or 0.001 mm). Its unit symbol in the International System of Units (SI) is um.


Monomeric PVC

Self adhesive films specially designed for short term and promotional graphics. Available in both solvent digital media and coloured cutting plotter forms this type of vinyl is generally stiffer and thicker than films designed for longer lasting applications.


N           

No HAPS

Ink made entirely from Non-Hazardous Air-Pollutant solvents as classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA states that Toxic air pollutants, are those that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects, such as reproductive effects or birth defects, or adverse environmental effects.


O           

OEM

OEM refers to Original Equipment Manufacturer.


P            

PE Liner

Polyethylene coated paper backing liner used on self adhesive vinyl products. One side of the liner is coated with silicon to allow the self adhesive vinyl to be removed and the back of this product is coated with polyethylene making it more environmentally stable.


Pixel

A pixel refers to a single dot in a graphic image. All images are made up of millions of pixels.


Polyethylene


A common type of plastic.


Polymeric Plasticizers

Plasticizers are additives that increase the conformability and durability of self adhesive pvc films.


Polymeric PVC

Self adhesive films specially designed for medium to long term graphics. Available in both solvent digital media and coloured cutting plotter forms this type of vinyl is the most commonly used to produce general graphics and signage.


Polypropylene Film Liner

A plastic backing used on self adhesive vinyl products instead of silicone coated paper.


Polyvinyl Fluoride Films (PVF)

A polymer similar to PVC which has excellent resistance to weathering and staining. Used in the graphics industry for anti-grafitti over-laminates. It is also resistant to most chemicals, except ketones and esters.


PowerDriver®

PowerDriver® is the most advanced colour management software available for digital transfer systems. Developed specifically for SubliJet IQ® and SubliJet-R® desktop sublimation, PowerDriver delivers enhanced functionality and a higher level of colour output. Sawgrass offers this free, user-friendly software to SubliJet users to easily achieve accurate, brilliant colour output, print after print.


PPI

PPI is an abbreviation of the words Pixels per Inch and refers to the amount of dots or pixels which make up your image.


Primary Colours

The three primary colours are Red, Green and Blue. These colours can be combined together with different intensities to create a whole spectrum of colours.


R            

RapidAir Technology

The "Rapid Air" technology incorporates channels within the adhesive to enable easy and quick bubble free application, especially of large-sized graphics or decals. Entrapped air can be easily removed simply by rubbing out under the film. Suitable for even or slightly curved surfaces.


Resolution

The resolution of an image refers to the amount of DPI or PPI in an image. The more dots or pixels in an image, the higher the resolution, thus a visually higher quality image.


Retro Reflective

A product which can reflect light in the direction of its origin.


RGB

RGB is an abbreviation of the three colours, Red, Green and Blue.


S            

Solvent Polyacrylate

Solvent based adhesive specially designed for solvent digital media and coloured cutting plotter PVC films.  Products with this adhesive can be applied with the aid of a vinyl application fluid (wet application).


Sublimation

Is the process of transition of a substance from the solid phase to the gas phase without passing through an intermediate liquid phase. In the dye sublimation
industry, this is the ability of the ink to transfer under heat and pressure.


Sublimation Transfer Paper

Is the specialist paper used to transfer your image from the printer to the substrate. Sublimation transfer paper is able to absorb more ink and also dry quickly.


Substrate

Is a term used in the digital and signage industry to describe the base material onto which images will be transferred or applied to.


T            

Tedlar

Tedlar® is the DuPontT brand name for polyvinyl fluoride (PVF)


W          

Waste Stripping/Weeding

The process of removing the unwanted self adhesive vinyl from a sheet or roll after the design has been cut into the vinyl.



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