Kernow Coatings unveils KernowJet® WallSharK™

Kernow Coatings introduces WallSharK™, a new self-adhesive film for wallcoverings. Kernow is at it again, taking a different approach to market with the goal of always focusing on customer’s needs and expectations; this new film for wallcoverings is self-adhesive, PVC-free, slightly textured, very stable and scratch resistant. It will not shrink even after longer application, and therefore enables perfectly invisible butt-joint applications. The coating offers excellent colour gamut options for all types of wide format inks.

Kernow’s goal is to cover all the expectations of the printers, appliers and end users. After application the satin-matt finish of the material and the seamless joints between the different panels will offer the impression of a traditional wallcovering rather than a vinyl. This is what end users are looking for. The installer will be able to apply it like a self-adhesive vinyl with a wet or dry application but enjoy the unique stability of the WallSharK that will not distort when repositioning, guaranteeing a perfect alignment of the print pattern. Printers will love the versatility of WallSharK when it comes to printing as it will work perfectly on all standard eco-solvent, solvent, latex and UV printing devices.

The 170µm (6.7 mil) PVC-free film was developed from the very successful floor graphics film, FloorSharK, using the same shark-skin ink-receptive technology. After drying, the ink will be very scratch-resistant, avoiding the time-consuming and costly additional step of laminating. The adhesive is designed for internal smooth walls, with an emphasis on good adhesion and suitability on most wall paints and lacquers. WallSharK is available in 1372 and 1524 mm widths (54” & 60”).

Offering benefits to distributors, printing companies, sign makers, installers and end-users

For the coating specialist, offering new products is certainly not only about having something new or innovative to show. At the heart of it, it is always about having helpful solutions for the sign and print industry. The Kernow team focuses on offering benefits to all links of the printing production chain from distributors, printing companies, sign makers and installers through to the end users. This covers features like ease of printing thanks to bespoke coatings, PVC-free materials, adhesive for specific use and applications and much more. Each new product needs to have something special to offer to be approved for the range. WallSharK perfectly fits into this philosophy!

WallSharK is available from warehouses in the UK, Belgium and the USA.  Samples and further information are available at customerservices@kernowcoatings.com.

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Printer Math: Untangling the Confusing World of Converting and Calculating

Math.  Let’s face it, if printers don’t have enough to juggle…ink types, paper types, cylinder pressure, drying times, tension and alignments…they have the whole challenge of understanding exactly how paper math works.  There’s grammage and sheet sizes, calculating costs and shipping weights, working backwards into converting rolls to sheets.  While many industries have a standard measurement, the printing industry seems to like to keep things interesting.  To make matters worse different regions use completely different formulas (we’re looking at you, USA)!

Whether it’s metric or MSI, basis weight or grammage, today we’re going to help you sort out the confusion and make sense of the mysterious world of printer math.

MSI, Square Metres, Feet and Sheets – the building blocks of converting by area!

If you’ve ever been to a print shop there’s a good chance you’ve heard people talk about the number of sheets required for a job, or the length of a roll of material needed to produce labels.  Working with sheets and roll length make it easy to quickly calculate how much material you need based on the size of your print and cost to do so.

It’s pretty straight forward to calculate your costs when you know your cost per 320mm x 460mm sheet is $.65 and you need 100 sheets to print your job.  100 x $.65 each = $65.00……easy!  But what happens if you want to change your sheet size?  What if you don’t know how much material you’ll need for your labels, only your label size and quantity?

Enter Square Metres and MSI!

Perhaps the easiest way to work with any material in printing, whether you need to figure out the price for different size sheets or rolls, or how much material you need, is to convert it into the basic units of Square Metres (for metric) or MSI (for US measurements).  Both of these units determine the surface area of a sheet/roll size for any given material. With these two basic units you can quickly convert to different size sheets, know how much usable material is on a roll, or figure out pricing no matter the size.

Square Metre

The metric system makes it incredibly easy to convert and calculate costs of material regardless of size.  It’s not uncommon to see material priced by the square metre because it’s just so simple to convert everything else!  For those who don’t use metric, here’s a quick rundown:

10 mm = 1 cm

100 cm = 1 metre

1 square metre = 10,000 square cm (100cm x 100cm)

(length(cm) x width(cm) ) / 10000 = area in square metres

Pretty easy!  That means if I have a sheet that’s 320mm x 450mm, each sheet is .144 square metres:

32cm x 45cm = 1440 square cm

1440/10000 = .144 square metres

 

Let’s look at a real-world example:

The material we need for this print job costs $3.25/square metre

We know that the sheet size we need to print on is 210mm x 297mm (21cm x 29.7cm)

How much does each sheet cost?

21cm x 29.7 cm = 623.7 square cm

623.7/10000 = .06237 square metres per sheet

.06237 square metres x $3.25 = $.203 per sheet

 

Here’s another example:

The material we have is $.65 per sheet for a 330mm x 460mm sheet (33cm x 46cm)

We need to know how this compares to the competitor’s material that costs $4.43/square metre

33cm x 46cm = 1518 square cm

1518/10000 = .1518 square metres per sheet

$.65/.1518 square metres = $4.28/square metre

Our current material is cheaper than the competitions!

MSI

In the USA, one of the most common measurements used in printing converting (especially when dealing with rolls) is the MSI.  The MSI measurement stands for one thousand square inches and is used to convert roll pricing, sheet pricing, and other calculations.  While it’s a bit different than using the metric system, it’s still a fairly straight forward calculation once you understand it.

1 MSI = 1000 square inches

For sheets:

(Length (in) x Width(in) ) / 1000 = MSI per sheet

For rolls:

((Length (ft) x Width(in) x 12) / 1000 = MSI per rolls

 

Example 1:

The material we are purchasing costs $1.55 per MSI and cuts into a 13in x 19in sheet (with no waste)

How much does each sheet cost?

13in x 19in = 247 square inches per sheet

247/1000 = .247 MSI per sheet

$1.55 x .247MSI = $.383/sheet

Example 2:

We need to convert a master roll of material into sheets and determine approximately how much each sheet costs

Each Master roll is 54 inches wide and 10,000 feet long and will be cut to 18×12 sheets

It costs $11,534.00/roll

Approximately how much will each finished sheet cost?

54in x 10,000 ft x 12 = 6,480,000 square inches per master roll

6,480,000 / 1000 = 6480 MSI per master roll

$11,534 / 6480 = $1.78/MSI cost of material

12in x 18in = 216 square inches per sheet

216 / 1000 = .216 MSI per sheet

.216 MSI x $1.78 = $.384/sheet

Grammage, Basis Weight, and Caliper: Understanding the difference in GSM, Basis Weight, M Weight and Thickness

Now that we understand the basics of converting using roll or sheet size, it’s time to understand density and thickness.  You can tell a lot about a material from the grams per square metre (GSM) or Basis Weight (such as 80lbs text).  These measurements help determine critical information such as the quality of a material, or how much the print job will weigh when shipped.

When discussing grammage and thickness, there is one point that is commonly confused.  GSM and Basis Weight are NOT the same as caliper or thickness.  GSM and Basis weight measure the density of a material…the amount of material in a given area.  These measurements are a good indicator of the quality of paper and of the relative thickness of a material.  For example, standard copy paper might have a 75gsm weight, but a high-quality paper used in a corporate presentation might be 100gsm.

However, the GSM or basis weight does not give a good indication of the actual thickness of a material and it’s a common mistake made.  For instance, a paper board that is 270microns thick (10.7 mil for US measurements) has a standard density of around 271gsm.  A denser material, such as synthetic polyester, that is the same 270microns thick would have density of around 365gsm.  For this reason, it’s important to understand both Weight and Caliper calculations!

 

Understanding GSM

When talking about how heavy or dense a material is, there are two common references.  Grams per square metre (GSM) measures the weight in grams for any given material in one square metre.

Calculating the GSM for a material is pretty straight forward:

GSM = Weight in Grams / Area in square metres

Example:

A 320mm x 450mm (32cm x 45cm) sheet of polyester materials weighs 52.56 grams

What is the GSM?

32cm x 45cm = 1440 square cm per sheet

1440 / 10000 = .144 square m per sheet

52.56 grams / .144 square m = 365gsm

Understanding Basis Weight

In the US, many paper and material sellers will measure materials based on the Basis Weight instead of the GSM.  This is primarily due to the fact that many US paper sizes don’t convert evenly to square metres, and as a result creates a less direct measurement.  The basis weight of any material is the weight of 500 sheets of a given size of material and is typically expressed in pounds and paper type, such as 80lbs Text or 100lbs Cover.  What makes basis weight tricky is that it’s not a measure of the actual cut size of the sheet, but instead the weight of the uncut master, or basis, sheet size.

To calculate Basis Weight, you must know what the uncut master, or basis, sheet size is.  Here are some common basis sizes in inches:

Bond Paper – 17 x20

Coated Cover C2S – 20×26

Tag – 24 x 36

Offset Text Paper – 25 x 38

Example: 80lbs C2S Cover means that 500 sheets of 20×26 material weighs 80lbs, regardless of the actual size of material being used.

Given the non-standardized sheet sizes, calculating and working in basis weight can be extremely confusing for someone not familiar with it.

Fortunately, converting from basis weight to GSM is easy!

(Basis Weight x 1406.5) / Area of the Basis Sheet = GSM

Example:

What is the GSM of 80lbs Text Weight Paper?

We know that Text Weight paper typically uses a basis size of 25in x 38in

80lbs x 1406.5 = 112,520

25in x 38in = 950 square inches per sheet

112,520 / 950 = 118.4gsm

A Note on Caliper

While GSM and basis weight measure the density of a material, to determine the actual thickness the two most common measurements are microns (metric) and mils (US).  Converting these is easy once you understand the terminology:

1 mil = .001 inches

1 mil = 25.4 microns

1 point (pt) = 1 mil

Example:

The customer wants their postcards printed on 10 pt card stock

What thickness in inches, mil, and microns should we set our machine for?

10 pt = 10 mil

10mil x .001 in = .010 inches

10 mil x 25.4 microns = 254 microns

While printer math can seem daunting at times, these basic formulas can help get your materials squared away and converting done in no time!    By using these same calculations not only can you determine sizes, cost, and materials needed, but you expand further into calculating things like shipping weight, number of sheets needed for a job, and price per unit!

Need more help with printer math or come across something we didn’t cover in this lesson?  Feel free to reach out to the Kernow Team at sales@kernowcoatings.com so we can help guide you through any questions you may have!

 

Quick Reference:

1 MSI = 1000 square inches

1 square metre = 1.55 MSI

12×18 sheet = .216 MSI

13×19 sheet = .247 MSI

1 mil = .001 inches

1 mil = 25.4 microns

( Length(cm) x width(cm) ) / 10000 = area in square metres per sheet

( Length (in) x Width(in) ) / 1000 = MSI per sheet

( (Length (ft) x Width(in) x 12 ) / 1000 = MSI per roll

Weight in Grams / Area in square metres = GSM

(Basis Weight x 1406.5) / Area of the Basis Sheet = GSM

 

– The Kernow Coatings Sales Team

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KernowJet MetaliK the WOW effect everyone noticed at FESPA

https://www.largeformatreview.com/consumables/media/kernowjet-metalik-the-wow-effect-everyone-noticed-at-fespa

Made to match the market’s needs: When developing wide-format products, the Kernow team always looks at offering significant benefits to the complete supply chain, up to the end-user. Kernow wants the materials to be compatible with all standard inks and printers – this benefits distributors with stock control, and printing companies with products they can run on all their equipment.

The MetaliK self-adhesive films were developed to not only match indoor or outdoor applications, but also installation and deinstallation expectations. KernowJet MetaliKs are multi-functional, as they are perfect to use both as a CAD materials and a print medias, in unique widths up to 1524 mm (60”). Suitable for doming, easy to apply on glass and walls, perfect for POS displays and packaging mock-ups. Last FESPA in Munich, the products were beautifully presented on the Kernow booth, as well as in the Printeriors area designed by Debbie McKeegan.

The MetaliK products are split in two ranges – MetaliK Cut&Print and MetaliK Inkjet. The films created a remarkable interest during the show; the team was swamped with enquiries from dealers, specialist printers, sign-makers and brand designers for applications including high-end packaging, luxury boutiques and next winter season campaigns.

The products are available in 3 colours – Silver, Gold and Rose-Gold – and in two widths 1372 or 1524 mm (54” or 60”), which are unique widths in the industry. They are all printable with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable and latex inks, which is ideal for many printers now equipped to print with white inks. The MetaliK films are PVC-free substrates and can be perfectly cut with any plotter, even laser ones. The Kernow R&D team focused on creating benefits and solutions, using ultra-dimensionally stable polyester films. Shrinking lettering on a hot, south facing window and the risk of exposed ugly adhesive edges is now consigned to history!

With MetaliK Cut&Print, Kernow focuses on glass applications. The product has the same metallised colour on both sides, so that application from the inside will still provide the desired effect from the outside. Designed for promotional campaigns, MetaliK Cut&Print comes with a removable adhesive, hence why it is perfect for applications like Christmas and holiday decorations. Since its launch, KernowJet MetaliK has already been used by several major clothing retailers.

MetaliK Inkjet is mainly designed for lamination of larger areas on any smooth substrates. It can be applied on aluminium composite panels like Dibond, before or after printing, or directly applied on walls. The high-tack permanent adhesive has been designed for long-term applications, but also for use in combination with resin, which creates so-called doming/3D-labels, or to be combined with any rigid substrate to create a perfect solution for packaging mock-ups.

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Glass clear 3D effect window graphics for visual merchandising

https://www.signupdate.co.uk/Sign-News/glass-clear-3d-effect

Kernow Coatings is offering the wide format industry creative solutions that facilitate printers’ work, enhance visual merchandisers’ results, all while saving time and money.

With an unprinted clear substrate, prints will look as if they are suspended in the air. However, the latest developments in printers offering white inks have enabled new and exciting prospects.

A clear substrate, depending on the chosen design, will often require a white layer underneath the coloured elements. This white understrike will bring a punch to the colours and a better opacity to the printed design.

Originally, clear substrates were reserved for screen-printing only and very few UV printers offered white ink. Today, most printer manufacturers provide this option with solvent, UV-cured and even latex inks; these machines have now become more affordable.

Kernow has researched the fastest and easiest ways to apply a glass clear message on a window. The company wanted to make the application as easy and user-friendly as possible and so avoided self-adhesive substrates, which inevitably lead to complicated application or poor results when applied by people without sign hanging experience.

KlearView 142 is a 142μ/5.6mil substrate printable with eco-solvent, latex and UV-curable inks, while KlearView 125KBC and KlearView 175KBC are UV-printable only with thickness of 125μ/4.9mil and 175μ/6.9mil, respectively. Smaller designs can be printed on 125μ/4.9mil while bigger pieces and hanging displays should be preferably printed on the thicker gauges. All three films offered are 100% PVC-free, being an extra benefit for all brands looking at their environmental footprint.

When professional application cannot be made to avoid air bubbles, simplyapply the display with clear adhesive pads and it’s done in seconds. This is “the perfect solution” to send your prints to all branches of a retail store to make sure it’s applied properly and removed within seconds. As it’s polyester it will not start curling, distort or shrink.

Simply hanging KlearView from the ceiling, multiple clear displays will add depth to a sales message and create amazing 3D effects. Depending on the design, you may not even need white inks to create a unique shop window decoration.

With the support of the Mutoh Europe team, Kernow Coatings has created a video showcasing KernowJet KlearView and its applications. This is available on the Kernow YouTube channel:

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FESPA PRINTERIORS: A NEW GENERATION OF SURFACES FOR WALLCOVERINGS

https://www.texintel.com/blog/printeriors-wallcoverings-inspiring-surfaces-munich

Texture has always been a key element in the design of an Interior scheme, and the surfaces we choose add ambience and luxury. Emerging digital technologies can now deliver the texture, during the print process and again the possibilities are endless. Utilizing Mimaki UV technology and reflective luxury Metallic foils from Kernow Coatings the Printeriors showcase featured a collection of printed white digital prints onto metallic foil. The UV ink offers the possibility to build layer upon layer to create a raised surface effect utilizing multiple colours when required. The Metallic films were also used as a dramatic backdrop for all the room sets adding a splash of Gold, Copper and Silver decadence.

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Color-Logic certifies Metalik for Indigo

https://www.digitalprintermag.co.uk/news/49901/color-logic-certifies-metalik-for-indigo/

Color-Logic has certified KernowPrint’s Metalik substrate for use with the Color-Logic process on HP Indigo sheetfed presses.

‘Tests of the KernowPrint Metalik substrate with the Color-Logic process on HP sheetfed presses demonstrated a complete range of metallic colours and excellent reproduction of Color-Logic decorative effects,’ explained Color-Logic CTO and co-founder Richard Ainge. ‘A major benefit to printers is the Kernow Cobalt Coating Technology, which reduces static when feeding the sheets into the press. The combination of HP white ink, Color-Logic decorative effects, and Kernow substrate enables brands around the world to benefit from the large installed base of HP Indigo presses that use white ink.’

Color-Logic develops colour communication systems and software for a variety of metallic special effect printing applications. Its decorative effects utilise the existing workflows of printers and designers, yielding results without the use of special equipment.

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Color-Logic certifies KernowPrint Metalik substrate for HP Indigo sheetfed presses

https://www.graphicdisplayworld.com/categories/technology/color-logic-certifies-kernowprint-metalik-substrate-for-hp-indigo-sheetfed-presses

Color-Logic has certified KernowPrint Metalik substrate for use with the Color-Logic process on HP Indigo sheetfed presses. Color-Logic CTO and Co-Founder Richard Ainge, confirming the certification, commented: “Tests of the KernowPrint Metalik substrate with the Color-Logic process on HP sheetfed presses demonstrated a complete range of metallic colors and excellent reproduction of Color-Logic decorative effects. A major benefit to printers is the Kernow Cobalt Coating Technology™, which reduces static when feeding the sheets into the press.”

Ainge continued: “The combination of HP white ink, Color-Logic decorative effects, and Kernow substrate enables brands around the world to benefit from the large installed base of HP Indigo presses that use white ink.”

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KernowJet KlearView from Kernow Coatings glass clear 3-D effect window graphics

https://www.graphicdisplayworld.com/categories/materials/kernowjet-klearview-from-kernow-coatings-glass-clear-3-d-effect-window-graphics

Kernow Coatings did it again… offering the Wide-Format industry creative solutions that facilitate printers’ work, enhance visual merchandisers’ results, all while saving time and money!

White inks revolutionised the use of clear films

With an unprinted clear substrate, prints will look as if they are suspended in the air. However, the latest developments in printers offering white inks have enabled new and exciting prospects. A clear substrate, depending on the chosen design, will often require a white layer underneath the coloured elements. This white understrike will bring a punch to the colours and a better opacity to the printed design. Originally, clear substrates were reserved for screen-printing only and very few UV-printers offered the option to go for white ink. Nowadays, most printer manufacturers provide this option with solvent, UV-cured and even latex inks. On top of that, these machines have now become more affordable. The question is… how do you make the most out of these new creative possibilities?

Create a new, PVC-free and extremely easy way of window advertising with KlearView

Kernow has looked into the fastest and easiest ways to apply a glass clear message on a window. We wanted to make the application as easy and user-friendly as possible. We have therefore avoided self-adhesive substrates, which inevitably lead to complicated application or poor results when applied by your everyday worker without sign hanging experience. KlearView 142 is a 142µ/5.6mil substrate printable with eco-solvent, latex and UV-curable inks, while KlearView 125KBC and KlearView 175KBC are UV-printable only with thickness of 125µ/4.9mil and 175µ/6.9mil, respectively. Smaller designs can be printed on 125µ/4.9mil while bigger pieces and hanging displays should be preferably printed on the thicker gauges. All three films offered are 100% PVC-free, being an extra benefit for all brands looking at their environmental footprint.

Create beautiful displays with KlearView! *Printed on MUTOH ValueJet 1638UR*

KlearView applied with clear mounting pads

When professional application cannot be made to avoid air bubbles, just apply the display with clear adhesive pads and it’s done in seconds. This is the perfect solution to send your prints to all branches of a retail store to make sure it’s applied properly and removed within seconds. As it’s polyester it will not start curling, distort or shrink.

KlearView as hanging window display with a 3-D effect

Simply hanging KlearView from the ceiling, multiple clear displays will add depth to your sales message and create amazing 3-D effects. Depending on the design, you may not even need white inks to create a very unique shop window decoration.

Kernow Coatings has created, with the support of the Mutoh Europe team, a video showcasing KernowJet KlearView and its applications in this short video below:

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KernowJet MetaliK®: the WOW effect everyone noticed at FESPA Munich and the perfect substrate for your upcoming Christmas campaigns

Made to match the market’s needs: When developing wide-format products, the Kernow team always looks at offering significant benefits to the complete supply chain, up to the end-user. Kernow wants the materials to be compatible with all standard inks and printers – this benefits distributors with stock control, and printing companies with products they can run on all their equipment.

The MetaliK self-adhesive films were developed to not only match indoor or outdoor applications, but also installation and deinstallation expectations. KernowJet MetaliKs are multi-functional, as they are perfect to use both as a CAD materials and a print medias, in unique widths up to 1524 mm (60”). Suitable for doming, easy to apply on glass and walls, perfect for POS displays and packaging mock-ups. Last FESPA in Munich, the products were beautifully presented on the Kernow booth, as well as in the Printeriors area designed by Debbie McKeegan.

The MetaliK products are split in two ranges – MetaliK Cut&Print® and MetaliK Inkjet®. The films created a remarkable interest during the show; the team was swamped with enquiries from dealers, specialist printers, sign-makers and brand designers for applications including high-end packaging, luxury boutiques and next winter season campaigns.

The products are available in 3 colours – Silver, Gold and Rose-Gold – and in two widths 1372 or 1524 mm (54” or 60”), which are unique widths in the industry. They are all printable with solvent, eco-solvent, UV-curable and latex inks, which is ideal for many printers now equipped to print with white inks. The MetaliK films are PVC-free substrates and can be perfectly cut with any plotter, even laser ones. The Kernow R&D team focused on creating benefits and solutions, using ultra-dimensionally stable polyester films.  Shrinking lettering on a hot, south facing window and the risk of exposed ugly adhesive edges is now consigned to history!

With MetaliK Cut&Print, Kernow focuses on glass applications. The product has the same metallised colour on both sides, so that application from the inside will still provide the desired effect from the outside. Designed for promotional campaigns, MetaliK Cut&Print comes with a removable adhesive, hence why it is perfect for applications like Christmas and holiday decorations. Since its launch, KernowJet MetaliK has already been used by several major clothing retailers.

MetaliK Inkjet is mainly designed for lamination of larger areas on any smooth substrates. It can be applied on aluminium composite panels like Dibond, before or after printing, or directly applied on walls. The high-tack permanent adhesive has been designed for long-term applications, but also for use in combination with resin, which creates so-called doming/3D-labels, or to be combined with any rigid substrate to create a perfect solution for packaging mock-ups.

All these films are available from warehouses in UK, Belgium and the USA.  Samples and further information are available at customerservices@kernowcoatings.com.

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Create beautiful displays with KlearView! *Printed on MUTOH ValueJet 1638UR*

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KernowJet KlearWipe™ – turn every smooth surface into a dry-erase board!

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KernowPrint DryToner’s superb alcohol test results!

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