Drytac has introduced two new substrates for wide format floor graphics to the European market. These are Polar Floor PET 170 and SpotOn Syntac Floor, neither of which use PVC.
Of these, the SynTac Floor is a polypropylene film that’s suitable for use with UV, latex, eco solvent and aqueous ink printers. It is designed to be used with Drytac’s Interlam EcoTex PVC-free overlaminating film, for a combined solution that is both safe and easily recyclable. The SynTac Floor has a printable matte white surface and uses Drytac’s SpotOn dot-pattern adhesive that is said to be easily applied to and removed from smooth floor surfaces including ceramic tiles, sealed wood and concrete.
The Interlam film gives it a pebble-texture finish that boasts an R10 anti-slip rating, according to the DIN 51130 standard. The combination is said to last for up to 12 months for indoor use. SpotOn SynTac Floor and Interlam EcoTex have a combined thickness of 240μ and is available in roll widths of up to 1370mm.
Polar Floor PET 170 is a standalone textured polyester film that’s compatible with latex and UV wide format printers, as well as eco-solvent inks, though Drytac advises users test for scuff resistance. It has an anti-slip rating of R10 after printing. As such it’s classed as low slip potential by the UK Pendulum Test and is certified to the US ANSI A137.1 slip test so there’s no need for any further lamination to improve on its safety, even if used in high traffic areas.
It’s been designed for indoor floor graphics and is said to be scuff- and tear-resistant for short-term indoor applications for up to six months. It has a white surface with a textured, matte finish suitable for directional notices, retail promotions, POS advertising and decals. It uses a clear pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive on the back side that’s said to be simple to apply and reposition, while still being able to remove the graphics easily when finished.
It has been tested to endure extreme temperatures and is compatible with standard flooring surfaces including ceramic tiles, sealed wood, concrete, waxed vinyl and short pile carpets. It has a thickness of 170μ (6.8 mil) and is available in widths up to 1524mm.
Shaun Holdom, Drytac’s global product manager, says that safety for public use should be one of the major considerations when installing floor graphics, noting: “Polar Floor PET 170 from Drytac has been designed to be non-slip and scuff-resistant without the need for lamination so users can apply them straightaway, speeding up the process for fast-moving projects.”
He adds: “Drytac’s SpotOn SynTac Floor and Interlam EcoTex solution provides an environmentally friendly option to ensure users retain their sustainability credentials while creating impactful, safe floor graphics.”
You can find further details on both of these solutions from www.drytac.com.