3M Commercial Graphics Announces Expansions To the 3M™ MCS™
As the first finished graphics warranty in the industry, the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty helps protect discriminating users who require optimum performance for
the intended life of the graphics. Now, 3M Commercial Graphics announces the expansion of its highly popular 3M™ MCS™ Warranty to include the
• EFI™ VUTEk® GS 3M™ Premium UV Inks with EFI™ VUTEk® GS Pro Series printers
• EFI™ R3225 3M™ UV Inks with the EFI™ R3225 UV roll-to-roll printer
• 3M™ MCS™ Warranty with EFI™ VUTEk® GS LX Series LED UV printers – coming soon
• HP 792 Latex Inks, a 3M™ MCS™ Warranty Component for HP Designjet L Series Printers
• HP LX610 Latex Inks, a 3M™ MCS™ Warranty Component for HP Scitex LX Series Printers
Seiko I Infotech Inc.
• SIIT GX 3M Inks with Seiko I Infotech ColorPainter™ W Series Printers
“As the industry’s gold standard for more than 30 years, the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty gives professionals the peace-of-mind that they are purchasing quality
products from quality providers,” said Chad Klostermann, inks and warranties manager, 3M Commercial Graphics. “We are excited to continue bringing
a wide range of solutions to the industry.”
The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty is widely recognized as the industry’s most comprehensive finished graphics warranty, covering fading, cracking, peeling and
other aspects of graphic performance. The system of matched 3M components comes with the science and weathering technology that assures end
users that their images will perform as expected for the life of the graphic.
3M has also added requirements for printed graphics to receive a Certificate of 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. These new requirements will include
completion of eLearning modules and a site visit from a 3M representative. Graphics manufacturers who are using a 3M ink and that are eligible
to offer the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty can go to www.3MGraphics.com/warrantyregistration to register to receive their personalized Certificate of 3M™
MCS™ Warranty. Once approved, they are able to use the MCS logo in their promotional efforts to brand owners.
Learn more about the complete range of 3M graphics solutions at 3M.com/graphics.
3M Commercial Graphics is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP).
3M Commercial Graphics announces the 2013 schedule of its world-class 3M Advanced Installer Training sessions, which offers graphic professionals
the training to take their skills to the next level.
3M Advanced Installation Training
Location: 3M Center, St. Paul, Minn.
Trainers: 3M Graphics Authorized Trainers
Course Content: 3M Advanced Installation Training is a three-day session, held at the 3M Center in St. Paul, Minn. that includes three days of
discussion, demonstration, and intensive hands-on training. Attendees of the course will work on building and refining skills for vehicle and
boat wraps, fleet graphics, floor graphics, windows and smooth and textured walls.
· March 18-20
· April 15-17
· June 10-12
· July 15-17
· August 19-21
· September 16-18
· October 14-16
· November 18-20
· December 9-11
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
3M Advanced Installer Training at Lowen Certified
Location: Hutchinson, Kan.
Trainers: 3M Graphics Authorized Trainers/Lowen Certified Graphic Installers
Course Content: Dependent on skill level, courses include two to five days of closely monitored hands-on practice to build and refine skills for: vehicle
accessory disassembly, graphic film installation/removal for vehicle and boat wraps, fleet graphics, floor graphics, windows and smooth and textured
walls. Attendees will also receive discounted installation tools and supplies, special discounted graphics pricing, and future installation opportunities
with Lowen national installation network. A tour of the Lowen Corporation world-class headquarters is also included.
· March 4-8
· March 12-14
· April 3-5
· April 8-12
· April 24-26
· May 6-10
· May 14-16
· May 20-22
· June 3-7
· June 11-13
· June 24-28
Contact Dennis Shea at email@example.com or 888-201-8945 for more information.
3M Advanced Installer Training at Independent Locations
Trainers: 3M Graphics Authorized Trainers
Course Content: Taught by 3M Graphics Authorized Trainers, attendees receive training on various applications with course content customized
to fit their personal needs. For information about upcoming locations and dates, use the contact information below:
Mike Zick Installations, Inc. – Arlington, Texas
Contact: Mike Zick – firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-456-2840
J3 Industries – Frisco, Texas
Contact: Jeff Wagner – Jeff@j3industries.net or 817-875-4099
Baby Huey Signs – Edmond, Oklahoma
Contact: Andy Huey – email@example.com or 405-614-2103
Testing & Accreditation
3M testing and accreditation options are also available to installers. Upon successful completion of one of the 3M testing options, participants will
receive authorization to use the 3M designation that goes with it: 3M Certified Graphics Installation Company (in conjunction with UASG, the
United Application Standards Group), 3M Preferred Graphics Installer or 3M Endorsed Vehicle Graphics Installer, and in some cases, multiple
3M designations. You will able to use this distinction to communicate your talent and service to customers, and 3M will promote your services
on our websites. Visit www.3mgraphics.com/installationprograms to learn more.
3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 Expands Color Selection
3M Commercial Graphics continues to expand its wrap film offerings by introducing six additional colors to its highly demanded and innovative line of
3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080. Showcasing personalization at its finest, each new and distinctive color demands to be recognized, further
supporting consumers’ refusal to blend in. The new colors include:
Satin White 1080-S10
Satin Pearl White 1080-SP10
Matte Royal Purple 1080-M38
Matte Red 1080-M13
Matte Yellow 1080-M15
Matte Apple Green 1080-M196
3M Commercial Graphics continues to help its customers find new ways to stand out in the crowd by adding unique finishes, textures and color options
to the film series 1080. These six new additions expand film series 1080 to a total of 46 finish, texture and color variations.
“Having all four of our show cars at SEMA wrapped with the new 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080 - Satin Pearl White film helped to set us
apart from other exhibitors. The color and finish were so unique that visitors at the show couldn't help but stop by to take a closer look,” said Rudy
Ghaly, marketing director at Claus Ettensberger Corporation (CEC). “The film 1080-SP10 was a true attention-getter and we most certainly will be
using it again.”
3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080 takes best-in-class to a new level for any graphics business by offering:
· Out of the Box Capabilities – No printing. No overlaminate. Open the box and start wrapping.
· Great Handling – 3.5mil dual cast film provides just the right amount of rigidity with no application tape.
· Easy Installation – Slideable and repositionable pressure-activated adhesive with non-visible air release channels for virtually no air bubbles.
· No Seams – 60” wide rolls mean you can cover entire sections.
· Trusted Warranty – Consumers create a look that says they set their own course. Trust that look to the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, promising quality,
reliability and service.
3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080 doesn’t only cover doors, it opens doors. Be ready to offer your customers the opportunity to create a truly
distinctive look for their vehicle, truck or even their boat with this innovative series of gloss, brushed metal, carbon fiber, satin and matte films.
3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 Now Available In Chrome
Due to popular demand, 3M Commercial Graphics introduces 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film 1080-SE420 Chrome as a truly unique film in its crowd-pleasing
line of 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080. This addition marks the 40th color and finish combination in the 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series
1080, providing customers with a variety of options to ensure they stand out from the crowd.
The chrome look of this film allows more unique ways for customers to detail, decorate, fully wrap and accent anything from cars and trucks to boats;
offering the opportunity to create a customized and desirable look. Designed for experienced and trained professional installers, 3M™ Scotchprint®
Wrap Film 1080-SE420 is available in 48” rolls.
“Our customers want to stand out from the competition and the addition of the new chrome color to film series 1080 allows them to continue to do so.” said
Doug Blackwell, business development manager, 3M Commercial Graphics, “Our shiny, mirror-like film is sure to turn heads and allow our customers to
proudly show off their work.”
Chrome film 1080-SE420 continues to offer the same adhesive properties found in 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080 – the film is slideable,
repositionable, removable, and its non-visible air release channels ensure fast and virtually bubble-free installations. Chrome film 1080-SE420 also
offers an Expected Performance Life of three years, ensuring it is a reliable choice that customers can trust.
Graphics installers across the industry have discovered the unique benefits of 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080. Refuse to be ordinary. Refuse
to blend in. 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film 1080-SE420 Chrome is a distinctive way to make you and your vehicle stand out in the crowd.
3M Commercial Graphics is announcing the newest latex ink offerings to qualify for the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty for finished graphics: HP LX610 and 792
Latex Inks. This new program will allow graphics manufacturers with HP Scitex LX Industrial Printers or HP Designjet L28500 and L26500 Printers who
complete 3M’s certification process the opportunity to produce graphics backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. The warranty will be available on inks
labeled as a 3M™ MCS™ Warranty Component starting in November 2012 for HP LX610 Latex Inks and in February 2013 for the HP 792 Latex Inks.
The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty is widely recognized as the industry’s most comprehensive finished graphics warranty, covering fading, cracking, peeling and
other aspects of graphic performance. The system of matched 3M components comes with the science and weathering technology that assures end
users that their images will perform as expected for the life of the graphic.
3M will also add requirements for digitally imaged graphics to receive a Certificate of 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. These new requirements will include completion
of eLearning modules and a site visit from a 3M representative. Graphics manufacturers who are using a 3M ink and that are eligible to offer the 3M™
MCS™ Warranty can go to www.3MGraphics.com/warrantyregistration to register to receive their personalized Certificate of 3M™ MCS™ Warranty.
“The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty helps manufacturers assure brand owners that they are purchasing a quality product from a quality provider,” said Jennifer
Greenquist, inks and warranties business manager, 3M Commercial Graphics. “We’re proud to have been the gold standard in the industry for more
than 30 years.”
Introducing 3M Envision Wrap Film and 3M Envision Gloss Wrap
3M Commercial Graphicsis changing the graphics world again with 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films, part of a new line of products that offer leading edge
technology and best-in-class performance with a sustainability edge. As the world’s first high-performance, non-polyvinyl chloride (non-PVC) graphic
films, 3M™ Envision™ Print Wrap Film 480Cv3 and 3M™ Envision™ Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G outperform not just non-PVC wrap films, but all wrap films.
For applications that demand outstanding performance,3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films provide groundbreaking solutions:
• High application versatility:3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films can be used to wrap vehicles, trailers, box trucks, boats, buses, motorcycles,
textured walls and more.
• Highly conformable: Films go down, around and into flat or complex shapes and stay down. The innovative 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Filmsstretch
up to 150 percent when you want them to and will not lift.
• Installs in extreme temperatures:When it’s warm, 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films won’t get too soft or stretch out of control. In cooler weather, the
film maintains a soft feel and won’t become brittle and tear. Apply some heat, and the film conforms on demand.
• Faster removal: Because of their greater tensile strength,3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films resist tearing. This enables faster, cleaner removal in bigger
• Exceptional clarity:3M™ Envision™ Gloss Wrap Overlaminate 8548G offers the same beautiful gloss and clarity as 3M™ Scotchcal™ Gloss
Overlaminate 8518. What’s more, it is less prone to scratching than gloss cast vinyl. It looks great from the get-go and doesn’t need to
sit in the sun for days to diminish the scratches.
• Very durable:3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films offer protection against UV rays, high temperatures and even acid dew. They even come with a
• Slideability, snap-up (repositionability) and air release properties: The characteristicsthat have made 3M films an industry favorite are also
found in 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films.
• Excellent printability: Envision wrap films are compatible with latex, UV and some solvent inkjet inks. They are also compatible with UV
and solvent screen printing inks. See 3M’s Product Bulletin for details on printer and ink recommendations.
The industry is already raving about the film’s performance and ease of use:
“I liked the performance of this material over 3M™ Controltac™ Wrap Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ380Cv3,” said Eldon Young of Image
Graphics Premier Applicators in Waconia, Minn. “It performs well even in the sun, which is something that all installers are obviously
going to like. A lot of times you have to fight film to line it up, because it stretches differently every time you pull the liner paper off in the sun.
This film stays even.”
“Many of our installations are done at a customer’s facility, so this new film will help make on-site installations easier,” said Todd Stuart of Sign
Zoo in Sarasota, Fla. “Some films get soft and curl in 80 and 90?F temperatures, but 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films give our installers the ability to
use them confidently in the heat.”
“This film [3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films] is exactly what I expected from a 3M product,” said Samuel Twomey of The Mad Striper in
Murfreesboro, Tenn. “It’s very positionable and we’ve had no problem getting it to conform to the compound curves and extremely tight
spots on vehicles.”
In addition to their high performance, 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films are also more sustainable, allowing graphic manufacturers to offer greener options.
• No added chlorine or other halogens during manufacturing
• Phthalate-free: 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films do not contain phthalates.
• Contributes to LEED® Credits:Using 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films helps contribute to LEED® credits when used to make graphic films that can
be used for refurbishment applications.
• Uses less solvent: The manufacturing process of 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films uses 60 percent less solvent.
• Made in part with bio-based materials.
“We are continually looking for ways to offer a more sustainable solution, and the new 3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films are an outstanding testament to
that,” said Tim Boxeth, marketing manager for 3M Commercial Graphics. “We are especially proud that the performance of these more sustainable
films surpasses that of traditional films. Users should know that they will not sacrifice quality by making the greener choice.”
3M™ Envision™ Wrap Films are backed by the same 3M™ MCS™ Warranty and Performance Guarantee that users trust.
3M Introduces the First Graphic Films that Optimize LED Light
3M Commercial Graphics is helping graphics manufacturers and sign builders embrace the future with LED lighting. New 3M™ Envision™ Translucent
Films and 3M™ Envision™ Diffuser Films are industry breakthroughs – the first graphic films optimized for use with LEDs – letting graphics manufacturers
achieve maximum sign face brightness while requiring fewer light sources. Now, sign shops no longer need to add more LEDs to reach the level of
brilliance they want.
3M™ Envision™ Translucent and Diffuser Films help graphics manufacturers create richly colored backlit signs with even sign illumination and no hot spots.
Using these films, shops can achieve the same level of brightness with fewer LEDs, reducing material and maintenance costs while providing the great
look that customers expect.1 Alternately, graphics manufacturers can keep the same number of LEDs and increase a sign’s brightness even more.
With the following films, shops have appealing new choices to create the looks they want:
• 3M™ Envision™ Translucent Film Series 3730
• 3M™ Envision™ Translucent Film IJ3730-50, IJ3730-60
• 3M™ Envision™ Diffuser Film 3735-50, 3735-60
While specially optimized for use with LEDs, these new diffusers and translucent films are also compatible with fluorescent lights, and will allow any
backlit sign to look its best. The diffuser films are available with two levels of light transmission, 50% and 60%, to manage sign face brightness. The
translucent films are available in several standard colors, custom colors and as an inkjet printable film, offering an increased number of construction
“Sustainability is increasingly important in today’s graphics industry,” said Tony Fulco, marketing manager, 3M Commercial Graphics. “3M is proud to
provide the market with graphic solutions that deliver outstanding sustainability benefits without sacrificing performance.”
3M™ Envision™ Translucent and Diffuser Films are backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, giving graphics manufacturers added assurance of the
performance of their finished graphics.
3M Commercial Graphics and Knifeless Tech Systems have entered into an exclusive partnership to give graphic film installers a revolutionary installation
tool that lets them cut quickly without a blade, delivering a sharp edge that is perfectly straight or curvy. The combination of 3M’s high performance
films—like Controltac brand Graphic Film with Comply brand v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3 from 3M—with Knifeless Tape gives installers a combination that will
have them saying, “wow!”
The incredible power of Knifeless Tape is in a high strength filament that is embedded in the center of the tape. To use, Knifeless Tape is applied to the
vehicle body wherever cuts will be needed, prior to the application of the graphic film. The film is then applied, after which the installer simply pulls the
high strength filament in the tape, producing the fastest, sharpest cuts ever made on a vehicle wrap. To finish, installers simply re-squeegee the edges,
as is done in all installations.
With Knifeless Tape, installers never have to worry about scratching paint with a knife. The tape is extremely flexible and turns smoothly in any
direction, conforming to even the tightest contours and edges of any surface it is applied to. It can also be pulled straight, creating precise cut lines.
The excess tape removes cleanly after the filament is pulled, leaving absolutely no residue behind.
“We are so confident in the value of this system that we use it in the 3M Advanced Installer Training Class,” said Tim Boxeth, marketing manager for
3M Commercial Graphics. “We know that our customers want solutions that help them reach the next level in performance, and Knifeless Tape does
“We are excited to exclusively team up with 3M, the leader in graphic films, to bring this great solution to graphics installers,” said Thomas Ross, VP sales
and marketing for Knifeless Tech Systems. “We know that efficiency and precision are always important on the shop floor, and this solution gives installers
3M Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 Expands Color Offerings
3M Commercial Graphics introduces five new colors to its popular line of 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080, bringing users an even greater number
of out-of-the-ordinary finishes, textures and color options to create customized vehicle wraps that stand out from the crowd. The new colors include:
· Matte Pink 1080-M103
· Matte Orange 1080-M54
· Matte Blue Metallic 1080-M227
· Gloss Red Metallic 1080-G203
· Satin Black 1080-S12
These new colors increase the selection to a total of 39 options in the line, including carbon fiber and brushed metal textures, as well as matte and
high gloss finishes.
“3M's finishes are excellent,” said Erik Bond, owner of Spin Imaging in Long Beach, Calif. “For example, a matte finish shouldn't be too chalky or too
glossy; it has to be a good happy medium. 3M definitely achieves that with film series 1080.”
Film series 1080 is a removable cast film for vehicle detailing, decoration and full wraps. The product is designed with a pressure-activated adhesive
that allows it to slide and be repositioned until firm pressure is applied—the same innovative installation feature found on other Controltac brand graphic
films with Comply adhesive from 3M. The film's unique, non-visible air release channels help installers achieve fast, easy, and virtually bubble-free
“Film series 1080 is easily installed and easily removed,” said Bond, “It’s a thinner material, so you can get into a lot of areas you can’t get into with other
Installers around the world have discovered the unique benefits of film series 1080. Backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, film series 1080 is a reliable
choice that performs. The film can be used right out of the box, with no need to apply an overlaminate. Manufactured with two color layers for
dimensional stability and durability, the film is removable for up to three years, making it easy to change the look of a vehicle.
With 39 color options and outstanding ease of use, it’s easy to see how film series 1080 sets a new standard in wrap films and helps users achieve
unique, head-turning looks.
3M Commercial Graphics Expands Warranty and Guarantee Programs
3M Commercial Graphics has expanded its warranty and guarantee offerings with three new additions of printer and ink platforms. The SIIT GX 3M Ink
Series for use in the Seiko I Infotech ColorPainter™ H Series Printers are now covered under the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty and two new OEM inkjet printers
and inks are now covered under the 3M Performance Guarantee.
“We are excited to collaborate with Seiko Instruments USA to offer the vibrant and flexible SIIT GX 3M Ink Series paired with the high-volume and
reliable ColorPainter™ H Series Printers to our customers,” said Adam Larson, marketing supervisor, 3M Commercial Graphics. “Our goal is to
continue to collaborate with reputable partners to offer our customers the best products and solutions in the industry.”
3M™ MCS™ Warranty
Providing users with valuable tools for productivity, quality and cost effectiveness, the combination of SIIT GX 3M inks and ColorPainter™ H Series Printers
offers graphics manufacturers added peace of mind under the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. As the gold standard in the industry for more than 30 years, the 3M™
MCS™ Warranty protects discriminating users who require optimum performance for the intended life of the graphics.
Find more details at 3Mgraphics.com/warranties.
Graphics manufactures who register for a certificate receive the ability to promote the warranty to their customers. To register and receive more
information, users can visit www.3Mgraphics.com/warrantyregistration.
3M Performance Guarantee
In addition, the 3M Performance Guarantee continues to grow with the inclusion of two new OEM inkjet printer and ink platforms qualified to receive the
3M Performance Guarantee, including:
HP Designjet L26500 with HP 792 Latex Inks
EPSON SureColor® S30670 Printer with UltraChrome® GS2 Ink
The 3M Performance Guarantee covers tested and qualified OEM printers and ink combinations (solvent, latex and UV) used with 3M graphic media.
“3M conducts extensive testing to confirm that our products are reliable and provide consistent results,” said Jennifer Greenquist, inks and warranties
business manager for 3M Commercial Graphics. “It’s a four-month process with 10,000 data points and results several-inches thick.”
The duration of the Performance Guarantee varies depending on the material combinations and applications as detailed in 3M Product Bulletins and
available on 3M’s website, www.3Mgraphics.com.
3M Commercial Graphics Introduces the SIIT GX 3M Ink Series
3M Commercial Graphics and Seiko I Infotech Inc. (SIIT) introduce GX 3M inks—vibrant, flexible colored inks made for use in the Seiko I Infotech
ColorPainter™ H Series Printers. Designed for printing on many 3M brand opaque, translucent and reflective graphic films, GX 3M inks can be applied
on or to fleet and vehicle graphics, indoor and outdoor signs, and promotional graphics.
The solvent inks have excellent conformability, and are available in eight rich colors, which include cyan, magenta, yellow, black, light cyan, light magenta
and two shades of white. GX 3M inks are suitable for graphic films applied on compound curves, corrugations, and riveted and flat surfaces, offering
outstanding versatility to users. When protected with the proper 3M overlaminate, the inks are also durable and weather resistant.
“We are proud to collaborate with Seiko Instruments USA and to introduce the SIIT 3M Ink series to the market,” said Adam Larson, marketing supervisor,
3M Commercial Graphics. “The Seiko ColorPainter H Series has proven to be a successful printer in the wide format graphic industry; we are excited
about the opportunity to offer a co-branded ink for this reputable machine.”
The combination of GX 3M inks and ColorPainter™ H Series Printers gives users a valuable tool for productivity, quality, and cost effectiveness.
ColorPainter™ H Series Printers are built for reliable operation in high-volume environments and offer industry-leading printing speeds and rich saturated
color output. These cost effective printers produce graphics backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. As the first finished graphics warranty in the industry,
the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty helps protect discriminating users who require optimum performance for the intended life of the graphics.
“3M’s reputation in the industry made it an easy choice to partner with them to create this ink series,” said Pat Ryan, general manager, Seiko
Instruments USA, Inc. “With 3M’s thorough testing and confident backing of its products, our customers know they can be confident too.”
Introducing the Newest Addition to
3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080: Brushed Black Metallic
3M Commercial Graphics announces the introduction of a stunning new color/finish combination to its 3M™ Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080 –
Brushed Black Metallic. The unique film color was selected in the recent Wrap Battle: 1080 contest, which asked fans of the product to vote for their
favorite new color and finish on Facebook. More than 500 fans of 3M Commercial Graphics cast their votes, with Brushed Black Metallic emerging as
the clear winner among the nine contenders.
“The Brushed Black Metallic film creates a very tough, aggressive look that really pops in the light," said Shareef Khan, CEO of SS Customs, a leading
custom wrap shop based in Redwood City, Calif. “I've used metalized films from other companies in the past, and they don't have anywhere near as
much flexibility or stretchability as Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080. We really appreciate the research and development that 3M puts into their films.
You can see in the way that it performs, the way it adheres, and the way the air releases that 3M utilizes the most advanced technology.”
With this new addition, Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080 now has 34 head-turning films in carbon fiber, brushed metal, matte and high gloss. As fans
of the product know, film series 1080 makes a distinctive statement, providing industry-leading features and benefits that allow users to get the look just
right, each and every time.
The long-term, removable cast films offer the same great installation features found on 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Films with Comply™ Adhesive. The
product’s pressure-activated adhesive allows it to slide and be repositioned until firm pressure is applied, with non-visible air release channels that
assure fast, easy, and virtually bubble-free installations. Its 60 inch width means that users can wrap almost any section of a vehicle without seams,
and the film remains removable for up to three years, making it easy to change looks. The film is also backed by the industry leading 3M™ MCS™
3M Commercial Graphics Announces Winner of Wrap Battle: 1080
More than 500 fans of 3M Commercial Graphics recently voted in “Wrap Battle: 1080,” a contest to choose the next color and finish for 3M™ Scotchprint®
Wrap Film Series 1080. By an overwhelming margin, voters selected Brushed Black Metallic from the nine color/finish contenders. The new film will be
available in January 2012.
The contest was held on the Facebook page of 3M Commercial Graphics, www.facebook.com/3MGraphics .
After fans voted on their preferred color/finish combination, they were encouraged to share their choice with their Facebook friends, and then were
entered in the sweepstakes to win a roll of the selected film.
Brushed Black Metallic received more than twice the votes of the next nearest finisher. The breakdown of the 554 total votes in the contest was as
· Brushed Black Metallic: 38%
· Gloss Red Metallic: 15%
· Carbon Fiber Blue: 12%
· Matte Pink: 9%
· Matte Blue: 7%
· Carbon Fiber Gold: 6%
· Matte Orange: 5%
· Carbon Fiber Red: 5%
· Matte Red: 3%
In the U.S., Evan Chan of La Habra, Calif., was the winner of a free roll, while Craig Stratton of Mount Pearl in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador
won the prize in Canada.
“We are constantly evolving and improving our products to give our customers what they want,” said Doug Blackwell, business development manager for
3M Commercial Graphics. “This contest allowed us to communicate directly with users of our products, and we are thrilled with their response. Brushed
black metallic will make an outstanding addition to our line.”
Scotchprint wrap film series 1080 has been embraced by car enthusiasts thanks to its variety of finishes, textures and colors. Film series 1080 is a
long-term, removable, dual-cast film that offers graphics installers the same convenient installation features found on 3M™ Controltac™ Graphic Films with
3M™ Comply™ Adhesive. The film is slideable and repositionable, with a pressure-activated adhesive and non-visible air release channels to allow virtually
bubble-free applications. The film is also backed by the industry leading 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, bringing peace of mind to discriminating users who require
3M Commercial Graphics announces its most budget-friendly addition to its product line—3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film Series IJ10 and Series IJ11.
Dynamic enough for inkjet printing with UV, solvent, eco solvent and latex inks, Scotchcal graphic film series IJ10 and series IJ11 provide users
with an economy solution.
The films come in 50-meter (164 foot) rolls offering users an extra 63 square feet as compared to typical 50-yard rolls. Perfect for permanent
adhesive applications such as interior and exterior signage, decals and P.O.P. graphics, film series IJ10 and series IJ11 are 3.1-mil vinyl products
with a clear (film IJ10) or gray-colored (film IJ11) permanent, pressure-sensitive adhesive. Available in gloss and matte finishes, the films have a
heavier liner than most comparable competitor products to help the material resist buckling – even through the rigors of digital latex printing. For
added versatility, film IJ10-114 is a clear product that can be used as both a digitally printable clear film and an overlaminate.
“Customers have come to know us for premium products, but we also understand their need for basic, low-cost solutions,” said Adam Larson,
marketing supervisor, 3M Commercial Graphics. “Now, in addition to our premium and intermediate products, film series IJ10 and series IJ11 round
out 3M’s offerings with options for even the most frugal needs. So whether customers want all the bells and whistles, or just the basics, 3M has
3M Showcases Innovative Wrap Solutions as SGIA 2011 PDAA
3M Commercial Graphics is showcasing new vehicle wraps and window display concepts during three presentations at the SGIA Professional Decal
Application Alliance (PDAA) Graphics Application Zone at the 2011 SGIA Expo in New Orleans, La., booth #2859.
3M Commercial Graphics, a proud sponsor of the SGIA/PDAA zone, and Rob Ivers, a PDAA Certified Master Installer, will present:
New Materials for Innovative Vehicle Wraps – Wednesday, October 19, 2 to 2:45 p.m.
Understanding Window Display Graphics – Thursday, October 20, 10 to 10:45 a.m.
New Materials & Applications for Vehicle Wraps – Friday, October 21, 2 to 2:45 p.m.
“3M became involved in the PDAA Graphics Application Zone to provide installers with a hands-on opportunity to test out our innovative solutions,” said
Tim Boxeth, marketing manager, 3M Commercial Graphics. “We are excited to present information on our newest products and to be able to offer
extensive tips and tricks that can unlock new possibilities for installers.”
The PDAA Graphics Application Zone allows participants to receive free hands-on training through interactive demonstrations with PDAA Master
Certified Installers – recognized as the best installer certification in the United States. Topics cover a broad spectrum from the latest in installation
techniques to introductions on the newest materials in the market.
To learn more about the PDAA Zone or to download the latest schedule, visit http://bit.ly/oZrVjR.
Learn more about the complete range of 3M graphics solutions at www.3Mgraphics.com or visit 3M Commercial Graphics in booth #1437 at the 2011
SGIA Expo, October 19-21.
3M Commercial Graphics is proud to be a 2011 SGIA Gold Sponsor.
Scotchprint Brand Wrap Film Series 1080 from 3M Debuts High Gloss
3M Commercial Graphics is expanding its line of Scotchprint brand Wrap Film Series 1080 with 19 new high impact gloss colors and two new matte
colors. Available September 1, the additions will take the wrap film’s offerings to a total of 33 different films, with carbon fiber and brushed metal
textures available, as well as both matte and high gloss finishes. With the new line extension, car enthusiasts and restylers have even more options
to make their creations anything but ordinary.
Since its introduction, Scotchprint brand Wrap Film Series 1080 from 3M has been used to create distinctive and exciting looks on hoods, roofs, door
panels, and entire vehicles. The long-term, removable cast films are designed for vehicle detailing, decoration, and full wraps without graphic protection.
This film offers the same great installation features found on Controltac brand Graphic Films with Comply Adhesive from 3M. The product’s pressure-
activated adhesive allows it to slide and be repositioned until firm pressure is applied. The non-visible air release channels assure fast, easy, and
virtually bubble-free installations.
The new colors that will debut in September include:
1080-G83 Gloss Dark Red
1080-G13 Gloss Hot Rod Red
1080-G103 Gloss Hot Pink
1080-G14 Gloss Burnt Orange
1080-G54 Gloss Bright Orange
1080-G25 Gloss Sunflower
1080-G15 Gloss Bright Yellow
1080-G46 Gloss Kelly Green
1080-G47 Gloss Intense Blue
1080-G77 Gloss Sky Blue
1080-G79 Gloss Light Ivory
1080-G10 Gloss White
1080-G12 Gloss Black
1080-G227 Gloss Blue Metallic
1080-G241 Gloss Gold Metallic
1080-G120 Gloss White Aluminum
1080-G251 Gloss Sterling Silver
1080-G201 Gloss Anthracite
1080-G212 Gloss Black Metallic
1080-M261 Matte Dark Gray
1080-M230 Matte Gray Aluminum
Scotchprint brand Wrap Film Series 1080 from 3M offers industry-leading benefits, including the ability to use it right out of the box, with no need to print or
apply an overlaminate. The film is manufactured with two color layers for dimensional stability and durability, and is removable for up to three years,
making it easy to change the look of a vehicle. The film is also backed by the MCS brand Warranty from 3M, making it a reliable choice for helping
customers get their look just right, every time.
3M and EFI Launch New Co-Branded Ink for the VUTEk GS5000r
3M and EFI have launched a new co-branded UV ink for use with the VUTEk GS5000r printer from EFI. This ink is covered by the industry-leading
3M™ MCS™ Warranty, giving EFI customers an extended range of applications offered by 3M materials with the assurance of the warranty.
“The VUTEk GS5000r five-meter digital printer is an eight-color printer with fantastic 1000 dpi quality. And by running the 3M ink, which sets a new
standard in adhesion and color gamut, our graphics produced on this printer will now carry the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty," said Mark Auth, president,
Vomela Specialty Company.
3M and EFI have also announced a new co-branded UV ink for use in the VUTEk GS2000 and GS3200 printers from EFI. This ink will also be backed
by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, and will be commercially available in Q2.
“We are very pleased to extend our relationship with EFI and to offer our joint customers not only innovative products, but the assurance and peace of
mind of the most comprehensive warranty in the business,” said Jennifer Greenquist, inks and warranties business manager for 3M Commercial Graphics.
The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty covers defects in the appearance of finished graphics for up to four years outdoors, including discoloration, fading, cracking,
peeling, and other defects that make the graphics unsuitable for their intended purpose and up to five years for vehicle graphics. These inks also come
with an extended shelf life of 15 months. The new inks match the high standards of the current EFI ink set in terms of adhesion and color gamut, and
are highly flexible with noticeably lower odor than other UV inks.
3M will unveil a whole host of new products at the 2011 ISA Expo in Las Vegas, April 27 – April 30, 2011, building on its portfolio of products and
services for large-format graphics and lighting solutions.
The company will again host the 3M Bumper Wrap Contest all three days of the show and ongoing product demos in its booth. 3M is also the sponsor
for the “American Wrap Star” contest once again, providing on-site support, demonstration and 3M product as prizes.
3M will be reporting on the progress of contests and other show excitement daily from the floor, at www.facebook.com/3Mgraphics and
@3Mgraphics on Twitter.
Stop by the booth to see:
New – Scotchprint brand Wrap Film Series 1080 from 3M – New carbon fiber in white
New - Scotchcal brand Gloss Overlaminate 8528 from 3M
New - Scotchcal brand Gloss Overlaminate 8508 from 3M
New - Optically Clear Cast Vinyl Printing Film
New - Reflective Films Are Now Splice-Free
New - New Printers and OEM Inks Included in 3M's Performance Guarantee
New - EFI VUTEK GSr 3M Premium UV Ink
New - HP 3M LX600 Specialty Latex Ink
New - Screen Printed Graphics Now Available for 3M™ MCS™ Warranty Certificate
New Scotchcal Overlaminate from 3M Protects from Acid Dew and
Intense UV Rays
3M Commercial Graphics introduces Scotchcal Gloss Overlaminate 8528. This new overlaminate is specifically designed to withstand harsh
environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures, ultraviolet rays and acid dew common in Los Angeles and other west coast cities. In regions
subject to intense heat, these conditions can lead to spotting and other discoloration in overlaminates.
“Our new overlaminate means longer-lasting graphics that stay vibrant, which helps make the most of our customers’ investment and can set them apart from
the competition,” said Tim Boxeth, business manager for 3M Commercial Graphics. “The glossy finish gives that wet-paint look that customers are
Scotchcal overlaminate 8528 offers customers peace of mind with the industry’s first published warranty for horizontal surfaces – two years for horizontal
surfaces and up to seven years for vertical surfaces.
The 2-mil cast vinyl provides excellent conformability and dimensional stability. It is designed for use with solvent, latex and UV inks. Sample rolls are
available at www.3Mgraphics.com/samples.
For specifications, technical and warranty information, please refer to http://tinyurl.com/4g745aa. Visit 3M’s booth #714 at ISA, April 27-30 in Las Vegas
and learn about the complete range of 3M graphics solutions.
New Brushed Metal Finishes for Scotchprint Wrap Film Series 1080
The 3M Graphics Market Center announces new brushed metal finishes for its Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080. The brushed metal finishes join matte and
carbon fiber to deliver a wide selection of colors and finishes for a broad range of wrap applications.
The unique new finishes are brushed aluminum (1080-BR120), brushed titanium (1080-BR230), brushed steel (1080-BR201), brushed steel blue (1080-BR217),
and brushed gold (1080-BR241). Doug Blackwell, market development manager with 3M Graphics Market Center said, “We’re really pleased to offer a truly
unique look for our Scotchprint® film series 1080 with these new finishes. We’ve created these brushed metal, textured looks in response to our customers’
requests, and we’re excited about the initial positive response.”
The Scotchprint® Wrap Film Series 1080 are long-term, removable cast films. They are designed for solid color vehicle detailing, decoration, and full wraps
without the need for graphic protection. Their pressure-activated adhesive allows them to slide and be repositioned until firm pressure is applied. The non-
visible air release channels assure fast, easy, and virtually bubble-free installations, the same great features found in 3M’s Controltac™ Graphic Films with
Comply™ v3 Adhesive.
3M Bumper Wrap Contest at SGIA a Showcase for Wrapping Experts
The 3M Graphics Market Center had a very active presence at the Specialty Graphic Industry Association (SGIA) Expo October 13-15, in Las Vegas.
While demonstrating new products and technologies and offering expert support and advice, 3M also engaged attendees with its Bumper Wrap Contest.
Participants installed 3M vehicle wrap film on actual vehicle bumpers, providing a fun and challenging event while demonstrating the versatility and ease-of-
use of 3M wrap films.
Contestants applied a 2' x 2' graphic to the bumper of a Chevrolet HHR, and were judged on speed and quality of the installation. The graphics were printed
on 3M’s Controltac brand Wrap Film with Comply v3 Adhesive IJ380Cv3 with 3M’s Scotchcal brand Gloss Overlaminate 8580.
The contest winner was Keoni Denison of Capital Wraps of Washington, DC. Keoni won a T-shirt and an $800 discount on training, testing, or 3M
installation tools, and all 38 participants received prizes. The top ten finalists were:
1. Keoni Denison - Capital Wraps - DC
2. Kenny Miller - Thumb Print - CA
3. Zigis Tijunelis - Massive Impact Media LTD
4. Justin Pate - Netherlands
5. Ryan Farquharson - JD Inc - TX
6. Noli Hipolito - Art Signs - HI
7. Jeffery Merrell - Traffic Graphics NW INC - WA
8. Susanne Stoddard - Icon Image - CA
9. Sam Twomey - The Mad Striper - VA
10. Oswaldo Gutierrez – Multipass
Sign up and show off your installation skills in the 3M Bumper Wrap Contest at SGIA! Contestants will apply a 2' x 2' graphic to an HHR bumper, and will
be judged on time and quality of the installation. The graphics will be printed on 3M™ Controltac™ Wrap Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ380Cv3 with 3M™
Scotchcal™ Gloss Overlaminate 8580 from 3M.
Every installer who participates will receive a prize so join in!
• All contestants receive a minimum $50 discount off training or testing/application.
• Those who successfully complete the bumper wrap will receive a cool contest T-shirt and a $100 discount off training or testing/application.
• One Grand Prize winner will receive a cool contest T-shirt and an $800 discount off training, testing or 3M installation tools.
Email Mary Bjostad at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your spot the first day, Wednesday, October 13. Can’t make it the first day? Stop by 3M’s booth
#772 to sign up for day two or three of the show. Hurry! Space is limited.
*Training and testing/application discounts are redeemable towards the 3M Preferred Graphics Installer Test, the 3M Certified Graphics Installation
Company Application (only through UASG) or training at 3M Center, Lowen Corporation or Wrap Experts. Discounts must be redeemed by April 15, 2011.
Clear advantage with 3M Scotchcal Clear View Printing Film
Natural light, one of the most important things in our life, is made accessible by glass. Glass not only lightens rooms, but influences the atmosphere within them.
Special effects can be created if the glass surfaces are not only used "naked" but have special form or design features. A highly-transparent printable film from
3M will open up new possibilities for the future – in architecture, shop design or advertising on vehicles.
With Scotchcal Clear View Printing Film 8150, 3M has developed the first perfectly transparent cast PVC printing film on the market. Any design can be perfectly
reproduced using digital or screen printing, while unprinted areas allow a perfectly clear view through the glass. This permits a unique combination of print and
transparent surface. It is no longer necessary to cut out printed elements from the film – instead the printed area is an integral part of the film, which is bonded in
its entirety. This means that even filigree details, such as individual hairs, can be represented, and colour gradients can be easily reproduced.
The one-way vision which is desirable in transport advertising can be achieved with the help of a printed hole
matrix, without the need to perforate the film. The high degree of conformability of the PVC film and the innovative
3M bonding system enable easy and fast application even on contoured or curved surfaces such as windscreens.
The result: high-quality glass designs that last up to seven years, covered by the 3M Performance Guarantee.
The new Scotchcal Clear View printable film can also be used in many ways on and inside buildings, enabling
architects and shopfitters to implement creative design ideas for new and existing glass surfaces – for example
on facades, shop windows or in stairwells. For offices and department stores, the film makes it easy to create
individual designs for glass doors, dividing walls and showcases.
Whether for purely decorative or for functional purposes such as advertising or ensuring privacy: Scotchcal
Clear View Film from 3M allows creativity a free rein and offers innovative, high-performance solutions for glass
design using graphics, text and special effects. Despite its hard-wearing qualities, it can be easily removed
when no longer required.
New Widths Available for 3M’s Scotchcal Graphic Film with Comply
3M Graphics Market Center is pleased to add both 30” and 60.5” widths to 3M™ Scotchcal™ Graphic Film with
Comply™ Adhesive IJ35C-10 (Gloss) in 50-yard roll lengths.
Scotchcal film IJ35C is a 3.2 mil polymeric calendered film ideal for POP and general signage applications. It
offers great hiding power, permanent adhesive and air release channels for fast, easy, virtually bubble-free
graphic installations with less application waste. Use this film with or without an overlaminate. When graphic
protection is required, use 3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 8509.
Installers can confidently choose 3M’s film IJ35C for their shop’s go-to general signage product when they need
quality, consistency and reliability at a competitive price.
Presenting Scotchcal Graphic Film with Comply Adhesive IJ40C from 3M
for Partial Vehicle Wraps
3M is now offering its Scotchcal graphic film with Comply adhesive IJ40C for partial vehicle wraps. This 3-mil
vinyl film has removable, pressure-sensitive adhesive, and a pattern of air release channels for easier, bubble-
free application. And the product has been upgraded with a 7-year expected performance life.
Available in a gloss or matte finish, 3M’s intermediate film IJ40C is ideal where a good, versatile film is needed for
partial vehicle wraps. It provides dependable performance for fleet, flat and simple POP applications where air
release is desired. The film is designed for inkjet or screen printing with solvent or UV inks.
3M Announces Sponsorship of “American Wrap Star” Contest at ISA
Digital Designware and the International Sign Association (ISA) are hosting the American Wrap Star contest for
the first time at ISA Expo in Orlando, Florida from April 8 – April 10. The contest will award $250,000 worth of prizes.
3M announced that it is the platinum sponsor of the event, providing 3M product as prizes, on-site support and
demonstration, along with 3M™ Controltac™ Wrap Film with Comply™ v3 Adhesive IJ180Cv3 and 3M™ Scotchcal™
Ultra-Matte Overlaminate 8915 which will be used in the competition.
Dirk Moebes, CEO of Digital Designware and event director, explained, “Last October we held a similar event
during the Viscom show in Duesseldorf, Germany with huge success and immense response. We are more than
happy to co-cost the event at ISA. And we’ve garnered strong support from key sponsors, such as 3M. Without
3M as the platinum Sponsor, an event like this would not take place.”
The competition will consist of five rounds during the three show days. Wrappers will compete on speed and
quality and will be judged by a panel of international wrap experts. Participants who survive the first round will
be promoted to the next until only two remain.
A maximum of 128 wrappers can participate in the contest and all participants, regardless of ranking, will
receive a prize. The prizes awarded to the top winners will include a flatbed applicator, vinyl cutter with camera
system and software, digital printer, 3M materials and laminator. Those who are eliminated after the first round
will still be awarded a package of vouchers for vinyl, overlaminate and other supplies, software and wrap tools
worth nearly $1,800.
The current list of event sponsors includes 3M, Summa, Rollsroller, HP, Mutoh, Royal Sovereign, Corel, Pro
Vehicle Outline, Cadlink, Digital Art Solutions, Yellotools, Image1Impact, Wrap Expterts and many others.
Additional event details:
? Anyone with wrapping experience is eligible to participate in the contest.
? Participants are required to bring tools; electricity will be provided.
? All competitors who reach the morning rounds on Friday and Saturday will receive one night’s hotel at 50%
off – at the event HQ hotel – for the night prior to the morning round.
? Participants receive free admission to the show for all three show days.
? All participants and sponsors will be invited to the “Wrap Night” party on Thursday.
3M Europe Announces Performance Guarantee Program Updates
3M continues to grow its roster of OEM piezo inkjet printer and ink combinations qualified to receive the 3M
Performance Guarantee when used with a wide range of approved 3M media. New to the list are the following:
HP Designjet L25500 printer
Seiko ColorPainter H-74s/H-104s printer
DURST Rho 320R printer
In addition, the 3M Performance Guarantee continues to cover printer from efi-Vutek, Epson, Gandinnovation,
HP, Mimaki, Mutoh, Roland and Seiko.
3M’s qualified-media portfolio for these OEM printers and inks incorporates a broad range of products including
Controltac™ Graphic Films, Controltac™ Graphic Films with Comply™ Adhesive, Scotchcal™ Graphic Films and
Scotchlite™ Reflective Graphic Films, all from 3M. These products are designed, engineered, developed,
tested and manufactured for optimal compatibility and performance.
“3M conducts extensive testing to confirm that our products are reliable and provide consistent results,” said
Rainer Schloesser, Market Development Manager, 3M Commercial Graphics Europe.
“Running media in a printer isn’t like buying gas,” Schloesser continued. “These aren’t interchangeable parts.
There are so many variables that can change the physical properties of the media.” The Performance
Guarantee covers tested and qualified OEM printers and inks used with 3M media. Approved 3M media and
overlaminates are guaranteed to be free of media-induced artifacts that can cause misprints and are guaranteed
to adhere to recommended substrates.
3M and HP Announce Relaunch of 3M Piezo Inkjet Ink Series 5400UV
for HP Designjet H Series Printers
3M Commercial Graphics and HP Large Format Division are pleased to announce that 3M™ Piezo Inkjet Ink
Series 5400UV for HP’s Designjet H Series Printers are now available for sale directly through the 3M distribution
3M ink series 5400UV is backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty when used with 3M media in recommended
applications, and processed and applied according to 3M guidelines. These 6-color inks are designed for use
with a wide range of opaque, clear and translucent 3M media to meet most large format needs. Applications
include fleet and vehicle graphics, indoor and outdoor signs, and flexible sign faces.
“3M developed ink series 5400UV in conjunction with Macdermid ColorSpan in 2007 and has been working
with HP since the acquisition. We’re very excited that graphics manufacturers using HP Designjet H series
printers will continue to have greater confidence by producing graphics backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty,”
said Jennifer Greenquist, market development manager, 3M Commercial Graphics.
The HP Designjet H series printers are affordable hybrid UV printers that are simple to use and offer unrivalled
application versatility. The four models offer various widths and high productivity at production print speeds and
HP quality you can count on. Contact HP at 1-800-477-7144 or www.hp.com/graphicarts for more information.
Andy Stento, US Channel Sales Manager for HP Large Format signage products, says, "HP is pleased to
continue supporting the use of 3M ink series 5400UV in the Designjet H Series Printers so customers have
access to the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty and the continued collaboration of two leading companies in the graphics
For more information about 3M™ Piezo Inkjet Series Ink 5400UV or the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, contact Jennifer
Greenquist, 651-737-1183, email@example.com.
3M Extends Warranted Durability of Digitally-Imaged Sign Face Graphics
to Six Years
3M announced it has extended the Warranted Durability of Finished Graphics used in digitally-imaged sign faces.
Backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty, finished graphics using 3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 3619 and 3M™
Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 3620 may be warranted for outdoor use for up to six years.
Overlaminates 3619 and 3620 are designed for use on digitally-imaged sign faces and are compatible with 3M
- 3M™ Panagraphics™ III Wide-Width Flexible Substrate
- 3M™ Scotchcal™ Translucent Graphic Films
- 3M™ Piezo Inkjet Inks
When used with 3M’s recommended products, overlaminates 3619 and 3620 provide added durability to flexible,
rigid flat and thermoformed sign faces. They assure excellent, long-term graphic appearance by protecting sign
faces from environmental factors including ultraviolet light.
Overlaminates 3619 and 3620 are part of a comprehensive sign portfolio according to Sean Syring, 3M Marketing
Manager. “Because 3M offers flexible substrates, translucent films, inks and graphic protection products, we are
uniquely positioned in the market. 3M provides solutions brand owners want by partnering with sign manufacturers
to deliver unmatched versatility, durability and flexibility.”
3M Guarantees Performance of Digital Media with HP Designjet
L65500 Printer Series
The Commercial Graphics Division of diversified technology company 3M today announced that a broad range
of digital films and graphic protection are now guaranteed for use with HP’s Designjet L65500 printer series and
HP original Latex Inks. As an existing HP Registered Latex Developer this advancement provides European
converters using or interested in buying the Designjet L65500 with peace of mind that they will generate
outstanding results for diverse indoor and outdoor large-format digital print applications.
Rainer Schlösser commented, "Adopters of HP Latex Printing Technologies can now select from a broad range
of digital media with the assurance that they will work consistently with HP Latex Inks and the HP Designjet
L65500. Via our web site we also provide a Colour Profile Selector service for the HP65500 enabling customers
to download colour profiles to achieve the best output performance."
The full range of HP digital printers now supported by the 3M Performance Guarantee includes:
- Designjet L65500 Series
- Designjet 8000 Series
- Designjet 9000s Series
- Designjet 10000s Series
- HP Scitex TJ8300 Series
3M’s digital films and overlaminates have been designed and engineered to work consistently with the above
print platforms. Comprehensive diagnostic testing ensures that they are free of media induced artifacts that can
cause misprints and that they adhere to recommended substrates.
Extensive testing of printers and inks with 3M graphic films and overlaminates is conducted according to the
material combinations used in the applications specified by 3M. To qualify for the Performance Guarantee, the
films must be installed according to 3M recommendations. The warranty guarantees customers that printed 3M
films will perform as specified and can rest assured that they are compatible with a specific ink on a specific printer.
3M Europe Extends MCS Graphics Warranty Program for Mutoh
Blizzard Piezo Printers
The Commercial Graphics Division of diversified technology company 3M today announced that customers
producing graphics using its Ink Series 600 in Mutoh Blizzard high output mild solvent printers now have full
warranty. Previously only Mutoh Spitfire Extreme printers were included in the 3M Matched Component
System Graphics Warranty (MCS) programme, which provides print-for-pay businesses with a total system
solution including inks, media, printer, software, training and service. Application possibilities include fleet and
vehicle graphics, indoor and outdoor signs, banners and flexible signs.
"This marks an extension of the existing 3M MCS graphics warranty on Mutoh Spitfire Extreme wide format inkjet
printers and re-affirms our commitment to increasing our support for high quality piezo ink jet systems,"
commented Rainer Schlösser, European market development manager, 3M’s Commercial Graphics Division.
"The combination of 3M’s mild solvent inks and materials with Mutoh’s high speed, high quality Blizzard printers
will enable our customers to produce premium, durable graphics for a wide range of applications."
Customers will benefit from up to five years warranty with the full support of 3M as a total solution provider.
Manufactured by Mutoh Europe, the Mutoh Blizzard 65-inch and 90-inch printers incorporate the latest
industrial design techniques, uniting stylish looks with outstanding performance. The printers are ideal for small
sign-printers needing versatility or for larger operations wanting to extend capacity while gaining flexibility.
"Having our Spitfire Extreme and Blizzard printers selected for the 3M MCS graphics warranty is a great
development for the graphics industry in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa", said Arthur Vanhoutte, managing
director of Mutoh Europe. "3M will work with selected distributors to deliver local support for supply of inks and
media, and Mutoh Europe’s local reseller channel will provide printer sales, installation, training and after sales
3M Graphics Market Center announces the introduction of 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Graphic Film Series 5100
and Film IJ5100-- permanent, engineer grade films with brilliant retroreflection.
Film 5100 is a 6-mil film series designed for screen printing, piezo inkjet printing, thermal mass transfer or
electrostatic imaging. According to 3M, the film’s excellent cutting and weeding characteristics make it well
suited for cut letters, characters and decals, and its long term durability ensures that vehicle markings and
graphics as well as commercial or non-regulated signage will stay vibrant for years.
"Characters and numbers as small as one inch can be precisely cut and weeded to add the power of reflectivity
to essential details like phone numbers and web addresses," said Doug Blackwell, marketing manager, 3M
Graphic Markets Center. "These new films are available in 15 colors including royal purple, brown, light green
and rich gold. In addition, punched rolls in 15 and 30 inch widths and 10 yard rolls are available at no extra charge."
The film’s durable, engineer grade construction makes it ideal for graphics on commercial fleets, public service as
well as signage applications. Most colors meet or exceed the most recent standard ASTM D 4956-07 for Type I,
Class 1 sheeting, for reflectivity, weathering and daytime color. Finished graphics made with all 3M materials are
backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty. The piezo inkjet version of film IJ5100-10 is also covered by the 3M
Performance Guarantee when printed on qualified printers and non-3M inks.
3M Digital Signage Releases Network Edition 3.7 Software
3M™ Digital Signage Network Edition software has received some significant upgrades.
Network Edition is the software from 3M that enables scheduling, management and delivery of multi-media
content to any combination of displays, in any number of locations, anywhere in the world.
Network Edition offers scalable, sophisticated content and network management capabilities for an
organization’s entire digital signage network and computing infrastructure—all from a single desktop.
The flagship Network Edition software can be combined with the power of 3M’s Network Operations
Manager to offer comprehensive monitoring, management and maintenance to maximize up-time for a
digital signage network.
Following are the enhancements newly added to create Digital Signage Network Edition 3.7:
-Drag and drop media imports.
- Configurable Ticker allows expanded graphic flexibility, creativity and more content options using RSS
data fees. Active Information Modules have been extended to the Ticker as well. (These data feeds
may require monthly or third-party fees.)
- Enhanced Reporting Services for gaining system insights to maximize audience reach.
- New bandwidth optimization options including network hours for heavy utilization and 3M Digital Signage
Edition Network Player bandwidth throttling.
For more information about 3M™ Digital Signage Software – Network Edition Version 3.7, or any of the products
and services offered by 3M Digital Signage, call 1-888-460-8060, or visit http://www.3MDigitalSignage.com
3M Graphics Markets Center has announced that it is moving deadlines for its three major 2008 contests to
December 31, 2008. Winners will be announced at the International Sign Association (ISA) Show in Las Vegas,
The graphics manufacturer winning the Wrap-to-Win! Contest will drive away from ISA in a tricked-out 2009
Roush Stage 3 Mustang courtesy of the 3M Graphics Market Center and Roush/Fenway Industries.
To win this 415-horsepower high-performance vehicle, graphics manufacturers are invited to submit their best
vehicle wraps for consideration. The field of entries will be narrowed to 25 finalists and the winning wrap will
then be selected by a panel of judges from the Society for Environmental Graphics Design (SEGD) and the U.S.
Small Business Administration (SBA).
The Wrap-a-Rough-Wall-to-Win! Contest is designed to demonstrate creative applications of 3M’s new products
for textured surface graphics.
The contest offers sign manufacturers the chance to showcase their applications of this revolutionary new graphic
The grand prize winner will receive a $10,000 gift certificate for a “Wall of Entertainment” home theatre system or
other electronics equipment.
Signs of Success!
The Signs of Success! Contest gives sign manufacturers the opportunity to partner with business owners to
showcase installed electrically backlit signs.
Entries will be judged on design elements as well as the degree to which signs have helped owners promote
their businesses. The sign manufacturer and business owner submitting the winning entry will each receive $5,000.
3M and Mondi Inncoat Enter Into a Licensing Agreement
3M, through its Commercial Graphics Division, has entered into a licensing agreement with Mondi Inncoat GmbH
granting Mondi limited rights to 3M patented technology. The licensed technology enables Mondi to structure
the surface of its release liners in specific patterns related to the manufacture of large format graphic films to
enable these graphics to be applied more easily, quickly and with fewer defects. Thus, higher quality graphics
and lower installation costs are made possible.
"We are pleased to have negotiated this agreement and establish an official license for Mondi and its customers
to use this technology," said Tom Black, marketing operations manager, 3M Commercial Graphics. "The
application benefits of this technology have changed the large format graphics industry, resulting in rapidly
increasing demand. 3M is offering limited rights to this technology to Mondi and manufacturers of pressure-
sensitive graphic films. We believe licensing this technology will accelerate growth in the industry."
"Together with its innovative extrusion coating methods," said Willi Munninger, technical director, Mondi
Coating Release, "Mondi now offers a variety of structured release liners based on this technology that enable
large format graphics manufacturers to provide high quality pressure-sensitive adhesive laminates."
3M Announces Performance Guarantee Program Updates
St. Paul, MN - 3M continues to grow its roster of OEM piezo ink jet printer and ink combinations qualified to
receive the 3M Performance Guarantee when used with approved 3M media. New to the list are the following:
- Epson Stylus ProGS6000 with UltraChrome Inks
- Mimaki JV33 with SS21 Inks
In addition, the 3M Performance Guarantee continues to cover the following printer and ink combinations:
- Gandi JETi 3312 and 3324 with Gandi ET solvent inks
- HP Displaymaker 72UV Printer HP SC200 inks
- HP Displaymaker 72S with HP SC100 inks
- HP Designjet 9000s Printer Series with HP 790 Series inks
- Mimaki JV3 series printers with SS1, SS2, MS and ES3 Series inks There is no SS1 ink series.
- Mimaki JV5 series printers with HS Series inks
- Mutoh Falcon II Outdoor series printers with and Eco-Ultra inks
- Mutoh Toucan printer with Toucan Solvent inks
- Mutoh Toucan LT printer with LT ink series and Eco-Ultra inks
- Mutoh ValueJET 1204 and 1604 with Eco-Ultra inks
- Océ CS6060 printer with IJC610 inks
- Roland SOLJET Pro II EX series printers with Eco-MAX inks
- Roland VersaCAMM series printers with Eco-MAX inks
- Roland Advanced Jet with Eco-Xtreme inks
- Seiko ColorPainter 64S and 100S with Seiko OEM Solvent inks
- HP/Scitex TURBOjet printer with the TJ100 Supreme inks
- HP/Scitex XLjet series printers with XL200 and XL300 Supreme inks
- EFI VUTEk 3300, 5300 series printers with UltraVu Series 5 inks
- EFI VUTEk 2360, 3360 series printers with UltraVu Series 5 inks
3M’s qualified-media portfolio for these OEM printers and inks incorporates a broad range of products including
Controltac Graphic Films, Controltac Graphic Films with Comply Adhesive, Scotchcal Graphic Films and
Scotchlite Reflective Graphic Films. These products are designed, engineered, developed, tested and
manufactured for optimal compatibility and performance.
"3M conducts extensive testing to confirm that our products are reliable and provide consistent results," said
James Carter, senior technical service specialist, Graphics Market Center. "It’s a four-month process with
10,000 data points and results several-inches thick."
"Running media in a printer isn’t like buying gas," Carter continued. "These aren’t interchangeable parts.
There are so many variables that can change the physical properties of the media. We’ve engineered our
media for solvent-based piezo-print platforms and tested both media and printers extensively to assure quality,
durability and longevity."
The performance guarantee covers tested and qualified OEM printers and inks used with 3M media. Approved
3M media, overlaminates and screen print clears are guaranteed to be free of media-induced artifacts that can
cause misprints and guaranteed to adhere to recommended substrates.
To qualify for the 3M Performance Guarantee, graphics must be installed according to 3M recommendations.
The performance guarantee covers the replacement cost of 3M materials only and does not warrant image
fading, cracking, peeling or any other performance issues.
Grimco Serves as 3M Reflective Sheetings Distributor
3M Traffic Safety Systems Division (TSSD) has announced that Grimco, Inc. will serve as an authorized
TSSD Distributor for the 3M line of reflective sign sheetings and related products effective June 1, 2008. With
over 20 stocking locations coast to coast, Grimco provides sign supplies and accessory products to the sign
industry. Along with 3M's Graphic Market Center (Commercial Graphics Division), Grimco's synergy with 3M will
support the non government graphics market segment.
Grimco is headquartered in Fenton, Missouri and has been serving the sign industry since 1875. In addition to
distributing a complete line of sign supplies, Grimco offers a complete line of large and grand format digital printers.
Call 1.800.542.9941 or visit www.grimco.com for more information.
POPAI Research Indicates Window Projection lncreases Store Traffic
(St. Paul, MN, January 4, 2008) - Recent research commissioned by 3M and Point of Purchasing Advertising
International (POPAI), the global association for point-of-sale marketing, demonstrates the effectiveness of back-
projecting dynamic promotional messages onto shop windows using 3M’s Vikuiti™ Rear Projection Film.
In a research project at four high-profile retail locations in The Netherlands involving more than 24,000 shopper
observations and 1,562 interviews, 85% of shoppers thought that the digital video content projected onto the
Vikuiti window screens enhanced each store's image. Recognition of specific promotional messages was also
extremely high - up to 64% of shoppers recalled at least one themed message without prompting and 57% felt
they had learned something from the displays.
"We compared two shops with Vikuiti Rear Projection Film and two without," said Willem Arns, visual marketing
manager, Intersport. "What really stuck out was the attention that the Vikuiti screens received from the passers
by. They were really surprised and we had a huge reach. Intersport is very enthusiastic about this solution. We
see a lot of opportunities for Vikuiti Rear Projection Film and, together with 3M and POPAI, we are discussing
"The solution drew enormous attention to our shops with passers by and shoppers mentioning that it modernized
T-Mobile’s image," said Eefje Vogelaar, content manager, T-Mobile. "Vikuiti screens really contribute to the
‘experience’ of shopping in T-Mobile outlets and we now have five shops in The Netherlands with Vikuiti Rear
Projection Film installed."
In addition to being highly effective at getting the attention of passers-by, the research demonstrated that the
Vikuiti screens also had a direct impact on customers entering each store with 2.5% of all passers-by entering
because of what they saw on the displays. With more than 100,000 potential shoppers passing by each store
per week, these percentages translated into a significant increase in store traffic.
Researchers studied two Intersport shops and two T-Mobile outlets, each of which showed a mix of thematic
brand messages and promotional clips that were projected onto Vikuiti Rear Projection Film applied to the insides
of store windows.
The Intersport window screens were regarded as innovative by 92% of those interviewed, with 88% agreeing
that the projected content enhanced the mood in the store window.
At the T-Mobile stores 64% of those interviewed spontaneously recalled the promotional messages for mobile
phones that were displayed on the window screens as they entered the store.
"This research demonstrates convincingly that in-window advertising and promotion is more than just window-
dressing - its messages really get through and actually bring in business," said Tom Black, marketing operations
manager, 3M Graphics Market Center. "Vikuiti Rear Projection Film helps retailers to turn passers by into shoppers."
Vikuiti Rear Projection Film
The versatile, self-adhesive Vikuiti Rear Projection Film transforms store windows into a vibrant branding and
promotions tool by allowing video, static images and dynamic messaging to be projected directly onto the
surface. Images can be read easily from long distances and all angles, even in challenging lighting conditions.
Crisp, high-contrast image quality combined with 180-degree viewability, make it ideal for shop fronts with
narrow pavements. Plus, the Vikuiti Film can be cut to any desired shape and size projecting, for example,
company logos and brands.
POPAI and 3M Netherlands commissioned market research firm Locatus to conduct a study into the
effectiveness of the Vikuiti system in four stores in The Netherlands: the Zwolle and Utrecht branches of the
sports clothing and equipment retailer, Intersport; and Zoetermeer and Utrecht branches of T-Mobile, the
telephone and communications provider. Both Intersport and T-Mobile screens showed customized digital
content comprising a mix of thematic messages and promotional clips.
Researchers conducted a combination of interviews and observations. In total, 821 interviews were carried out
at Intersport and 741 at T-Mobile. In addition, 24,688 observations were recorded.
Global Imaging signs an agreement to sell 3M Ink & Protective Clear
Louiseville, CO. November, 2007 - Global Imaging of Louisville, Colorado, and Dallas, Texas signed a new
distribution agreement with 3M to sell their piezo ink series 1500v2 and protective clear 8530.
3M Piezo Inkjet Ink Series 1500v2 are solvent-based, pigmented inks in CMYK colors for 4, 6 and 8 color
graphics. Weather resistant; excellent color retention; approved for use in EFI VUTEk 150, 2360/3360,
3000/5000 and 3300/5300 Printers. Graphics printed on select 3M premium films with these inks are covered
by the 3M MCS Warranty.
3M Piezo Inkjet Protective Clear 8530 is a water-based clear coat that provides gloss and exterior resistance
to abrasion and weather. Applications include short term fleet, vehicle and bus graphics , banners, interior and
exterior signage. Use with piezo inkjet graphics printed on Océ Arizona Printers 90 and 180 or VUTEk Printers
2360, 3360, 3000/3300, and 5000/5300.
According to the terms of the agreement, Global Imaging will sell these products nationally.
For more information on how to order the 3M 1500v2 inks or 8530 protective clear, contact Global Imaging at
firstname.lastname@example.org) or call toll free at 1-800-787-9801.
Jury Rules in Favor of 3M in Patent Infringement Lawsuit
3M Company and 3M Innovative Properties Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of 3M, have won a favorable
verdict in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in the United States District Court in Minnesota against Avery
A jury in Minneapolis returned the verdict in favor of 3M, finding that 3M's United States Patent No. 5,897,930,
which relates to release liners used in the manufacture and sale of pressure-sensitive adhesives for wide-format
graphics, is valid and has been infringed by Avery Dennison's sales of its EZ Series Fleet Marking Film.
Based on the verdict, 3M will be asking the Court to enter a permanent injunction prohibiting further manufacture
and sales of Avery Dennison's EZ Series Fleet Marking Film products. The amount of damages to be awarded to
3M as a result of Avery Dennison's infringement will be determined at an upcoming Court hearing.