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The Art of Attraction

(July 2009) posted on Mon Jul 20, 2009

One of the oldest technologies for making one thing cling to another is exhibiting some attractive properties.


By Ashley Ferguson

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Adams Magnetics sells MeterMag, which is a meter wide, is available in 20- or 30-mil thicknesses, and can be specified with an indoor adhesive surface, a white matte vinyl surface, or a plain surface, for use with solvent machines. Adams also offers Magsteel, which combines a printable surface with lightweight metal to create a printable, metal backing that will accept magnetic media; it’s supplied with a white, printable surface on both sides; or with adhesive on one side. In addition, the company’s Magbond is a rubber-based ferrous, or metal sheet to which magnets will stick, supplied in rolls and available with adhesive and white coatings.

Magnum Magnetics offers DigiMag Vinyl, which is 24 3/8-inches wide and is available in thicknesses ranging from 8 to 60 mil. It posts profiles on its website for a number of wide-format solvent printers. Magnum also manufactures DigiMag Paper gloss and matte, in thicknesses ranging from 8 to 30 mil. And the company offers MessageMag, a thin, lightweight and customizable flexible magnetic sheeting in 24 3/8-inch-wide rolls (or cut pieces) in thicknesses of 11 and 11.8 mil for the Xerox iGen and HP Indigo presses.

Master Magnetics offers PrintMagnet Vinyl in 24 inches (and wider widths upon request) and in 12- to 30-mil thicknesses with white vinyl on one side for solvent and eco-solvent machines. Also available is FlexIron, a 24.4-inch-wide x 25-mil thick printable magnetic-receptive roll, which works as a backing for printable magnet as well. And the company offers 24- and 42-inch-wide PrintMagnet in 12-mil thicknesses and up, with two different laminates: matte white paper or high-gloss photo-quality paper.

Drytac’s DisplayMag is another example of a printable magnet available in a 39.5-inch width; however, this product has a white PVC face that can be printed on with screen, solvent, or UV printers and features a pressure-sensitive adhesive back. DisplayMag permits the use of magnetic-receptive media or Drytac’s FerroJet by serving as a magnetic backing for other media, but it can also be printed on.

 

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