Drytac - 4/7/2014
Drytac Introduces EliteCoater Aqueous Liquid Coating System
Drytac® has introduced the EliteCoater™, a new system that applies water-based liquid coating to inkjet canvas and fine art paper up to 44 inches wide.
An ideal solution for those who want the benefits of liquid lamination without the hassle of hand application, the EliteCoater ensures an even finish
and enhanced colors on any graphic print.
The EliteCoater features easy installation on any tabletop surface, a process speed up to 2 feet/minute, a drip pan to collect excess coating, and the
ability to coat other media with the use of an optional Mayer bar. Minimal effort is required to set up and operate the system – users simply feed cut
sheets through the coating head that evenly distributes coating across the prints.
“The EliteCoater is an excellent alternative to handheld rollers or sprayers. Sprayers atomize liquid coatings, causing overspray and reducing the likelihood
of consistent, even application in addition to creating health concerns associated with inhaling the coating,” notes Nate Goodman, Drytac Product
Manager. “With the EliteCoater, these problems are eliminated. There is very little waste, clean-up is significantly reduced, and prints look amazing when
they come out of the machine.”
Drytac recommends EnduraCoat™ Color Capture™ and Intego aqueous liquid coatings for use with the EliteCoater. Both provide added durability and can
protect prints from cracking, fading and abrasion.
Drytac - 12/2/2013
Drytac to Become National Distributor in U.S. and Canada for Lintec
Wincos Printable Window Films
Drytac has signed on as a North American distributor for Lintec of America, Inc. and will promote and distribute the WINCOS (Window Cosmetics
Graphics) brand of optically clear, printable window films throughout the United States and Canada.
The Lintec WINCOS line consists of UV, solvent and latex printable versions and focuses primarily on high end, long-term, permanent and
removable architectural and decorative window film applications. Professional installations typically include shopping malls, airports, museums,
glass office partitions, and the like. Lintec’s range complements Drytac’s existing window graphic solutions, which have been promoted for
self-install (retailer), short-term promotional and decorative window film applications.
“Lintec’s optically clear materials are compatible with today’s new print technologies and are ideal for vibrant, decorative window graphics,” states
Marc Oosterhuis, President of the Drytac Group. “By joining forces with Lintec, we will not only be able to offer our customers a broader range of window
film products, but we’ll also be able to position ourselves as the ‘go to’ source for printable window graphic solutions in North America.”
Drytac will stock the Lintec range in Chicago, Il.; Dallas, Tx.; Los Angeles, Ca.; Richmond, Va.; and Toronto, Canada.
Drytac - 7/1/2013
Advanced Finishing Technologies Purchases Drytac UV Liquid
Coaters & Coatings
Effective July 1, 2013, our UV liquid coating division will be sold to Advanced Finishing Technologies, a member of the Digital2You USA network.
They will acquire our UV liquid coatings and VersaCoater™ UV liquid coaters. In addition, Advanced Finishing Technologies will provide ongoing
support to our UV liquid customers.
The sale is a result of a recent corporate review during which Drytac decided to shift its focus to an expanded line of standard and custom
However, we will retain our aqueous (water-based) liquid coating division and continue to serve the graphics finishing market with aqueous liquid
coaters and coatings.
Drytac - 4/10/2012
New InstaCure Liquid Coating Provides Fire Retardant and Bacteria
and Mold Prevention
Drytac has introduced a new liquid coating to its UV curable liquid coating products that has been independently tested to provide flame suppression
and mold and bacteria prevention benefits.
Samples coated with InstaCure Guardian passed rigorous ASTM and DIN laboratory tests measuring its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria and mold,
and prevent flame spread. Potential applications include graphics in public spaces like restaurants, hospitals, malls, airports, schools and hotels on a
variety of materials like digital wall coverings, menus and table top graphics.
While InstaCure Guardian utilizes raw materials registered with the EPA and FDA, it is not an EPA or FDA registered product. Drytac recommends
that customers complete their own independent tests before using the product.
Available in both a flat matte and a satin finish, InstaCure Guardian is specifically designed for use through the Drytac VersaCoater™ XL UV Coater.
Drytac - 12/7/2011
Drytac Introduces a Tool-Free Interchangeable Graphic Display
Drytac introduces the EZex™, an internchangeable graphic banner display at the price point of an L-frame banner stand.
Users only need to attach and re-attach an EZex™ graphic cartridge to the stand’s base foot to change out the graphic. Once the cartridge is clicked
into the base, the graphic can then be pulled up and hooked into the supporting pole. This means users can have multiple cartridges ready to use
with one stand.
Available in 33-1/2 inch, 39-1/2 inch and 47-1/4 inch widths, the EZex™ works well with banner fabrics like Drytac® PhotoFab HD.
Drytac - 12/2/2009
Drytac's VersaCoater XL80 UV Coater Now Requires 25% Less Energy
Drytac has engineered a new customizable power connection option for its VersaCoater XL80 UV Coater,
allowing users to operate the machine using 25% less energy.
According to Jim Tatum, vice president of Drytac’s liquid coating division, the feature has received much interest.
"We’ve made several other upgrades to the VersaCoater UV Coater line recently, but the reduced power
consumption has received the most attention." Tatum added, "When economic times are difficult, everyone is
trying to get a competitive edge and reducing cost while increasing speed is one reason why people will still make
this type of investment".
With the new power option shop owners will be able to reduce electrical costs while still producing the same
quality coated projects.
Drytac - 11/3/2009
Drytac Introduces Recyclable Blockout Banner Material
Drytac has added a recyclable blockout banner material, for UV flatbed printers to its line of print media.
Made of low-density polyethylene (LDPE), EarthSmart Eclipse can be recycled in commercial plastics recycling
programs to become raw material for products like trash bags and landscape fabric. It is also certified by ASTM
International (ASTM) to biodegrade in most landfills.
EarthSmart Eclipse is a bright white 15 mil, curl-free banner material. It is available in 54-inch, 63-inch and 72-inch
Using the EarthSmart™ Eclipse banner material with Drytac’s Panda Stand™ can provides a complete eco friendly
display solution for the end user.
Drytac - 8/7/2009
Drytac Introduces a New Flexible UV-curable Liquid Coating
Drytac®, a leader in liquid coating technology introduces a new UV curable clear coat for use on applications
requiring maximum flexibility.
InstaCure SuperFlex is a high gloss coating that is flexible enough to form around rivets and stretch into
compound and complex curves, it is also thermo-formable.
Tests show that InstaCure SuperFlex has the ability to stretch up to six times its original size, allowing
manufacturers of fleet and vehicle graphics to benefit from the low cost and high speed applications made
possible with high UV curable liquid coaters.
INSTACure SuperFlex contains a proprietary blend of acrylate and non yellowing urethane UV curable polymers
to give coated prints flexibility. The coating develops a tough exterior finish that is scratch and abrasion
resistant and able to withstand the rigors of commercial truck washes using standard commercial cleaners.
Says Jim Tatum, Drytac’s liquid finishing division manager, "with coating costs as low as 6 cents per square foot
and speeds of up to 60 linear feet per minute with our new roll to roll attachment, customers can now not only
compete, but for the first time in a long time, make significant profits in this industry with this product application."
Drytac - 4/27/2009
Drytac Received Overwhelming Response to the New DES 4-Foam
Edge Finishing System at ISA
Drytac added the first edge finishing machine specifically designed to work with a heat-sensitive foam display
boards to its product line.
The DES-4Foam utilizes precise pressure and cutting mechanisms, along with Drytac’s proprietary Edge Secure™
adhesive, to apply PVC and ABS edging on boards like Gatorfoam®, Sintra® /Forex, Kappaboard, X-Board,
BioBoard, StructaBoard, XanitaBoard and Ecoboard®.
Compatible with boards ranging in thicknesses from 3/16” (5mm) to 1 ¾” (45mm), the system reduces the need
to inventory multiple boards with different foam core types or face material colors and allows the increased use
of environmentally friendly recycled boards.
Edging can be applied to blank boards as well boards direct-printed on flatbed printers and boards with images
already mounted and laminated. According to Drytac, the edge finishing tape is available in a variety of colors,
including red, blue, black and chrome.
Drytac - 2/13/2009
Drytac Introduces New Table-top Versions
Drytac has begun making two smaller, table-top versions of it’s popular glass-top vacuum press and lowered the
price point on all its vacuum press models.
The HGP 110, which measures at 18 inches by 22 inches, and the HGP 220, which measures 26 inches by
38 inches, both fit easily fit on a table and cost below $3000 dollars.
In addition to releasing the new, smaller models, Drytac has also lowered the price for the popular HGP 260
and HGP 360 models as well. Pricing and dimensions of each model follows:
Model: Dimension (mm) Dimension (inches) PRICE:
HGP110 460mm x 560mm (18"x22") $2495
HGP220 660mm x 965 (26"x38") $2995
HGP260 915mm x 1220mm (36"x48") $3995
HGP360 1120mm x 1730mm (44"x68") $4995
Drytac - 1/15/2009
Drytac Introduces the VersaCoater XL with a New Roll-to-Roll Option
Drytac's VersaCoater XL 60 with new roll to roll option can perform liquid lamination at 300 square feet per
minute at fewer than four cents a square foot.
"When laminating large UV print jobs, our customers are faced with very tight deadlines and the 60 and 80-inch
XL’s are currently the only wide format UV coater on the market that can handle this", says Drytac President,
Marc Oosterhuis. "The material goes straight from the client’s printer to the liquid laminator and in no time
they’re able to get the whole job printed, coated and delivered to the customer."
The roll to roll option was first introduced at the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) tradeshow
held in October. According to Jim Tatum, vice president of Drytac’s liquid coating division, the feature has
received much interest. "We’ve made several other upgrades to the VersaCoater line recently, but the
roll-to-roll feature has received the most attention." "When economic times are difficult, everyone is trying to
get a competitive edge and reducing cost while increasing speed is one reason why people will still make this
type of investment".
Drytac - 12/10/2008
Drytac Introduces the VersaCoater DocuMate to its Line of UV Coaters
The newest addition to Drytac’s line of UV curable liquid coaters is the VersaCoaterTM DocuMate.
With a 2 foot by 2 foot (60 square centimeters) footprint, the DocuMate is one of the smallest UV coaters on
the market today, making it ideal for smaller print shops where space is at a premium.
Capable of coating printed documents and photos up to 12 inches (304mm) wide, the DocuMate is
compatible with photographic, litho and digitally printed output.
Its design features a removable supply canister and an enclosed, self cleaning paper path to help ensure
ease of use, even for inexperienced operators.
For more details about the VersaCoater DocuMate, call Drytac at 1-800-280-6013 to contact your local
Drytac - 11/24/2008
Drytac Adds Rigid Substrates to its Product Line
Drytac has added a new line of rollable rigid printing substrates specially formulated for optimum print results on
large UV inkjet printers.
The new Drytac UV Printable product line contains a range of polypropylenes and vinyls suitable for point-of-
purchase displays, tradeshow signage, wall graphics or any signage where a rigid substrate is required.
Some of the products included in the line are: PolystyGreen, a biodegradable polystyrene that is specially
formulated for durability and high tear resistance; Gloss Rigid Vinyl, a 10 mil vinyl that is available in both clear
and white, and Ultra-Removable Vinyl, a white vinyl coated with pressure sensitive, removable and
repositionable adhesive. The products are available in 150-foot and widths range from 52 inches up to 60 inches.
For a FREE sample swatch booklet please email your name and address to email@example.com.
Drytac - 8/25/2008
Drytac Launches New Recycling Program
In order to support practical efforts to conserve resources and minimize waste, Drytac Corporation has
announced a recycling credit for used vacuum presses. The latest component in the company’s Green
Umbrella initiative, the $1,000 credit is available with the purchase of a new HGP360 HotPress Glass Top
Vacuum Press. The recycling credit is part of a larger offer that includes a significantly lower base price of
$4,995.00 for the HGP360, Drytac’s most popular Hot Press model. In addition, the offer includes a free JM26
cold roller pressure sensitive laminator, which lists for $995.00.
According to Drytac founder Richard Kelley, the recycling program combines responsible environmental business
practices with an opportunity to upgrade to the latest dry mounting technology.
"We hope frame and art shops will take advantage of this opportunity to significantly upgrade their dry
mounting and laminating capabilities," says Kelley. "The combination of the recycling credit, lowered price
and the ability to offer a cold-mounting solution for heat-sensitive prints is hard to resist."
Drytac will accept virtually any brand of vacuum or dry mounting press for the recycling credit, including Seal,
Printmount, Corona, Bogen, Bienfang or Drytac. To assure proper recycling, the company requires
documentation from a qualified recycling center. The recycling credit and special offer are in effect through
October 31, 2008.
Drytac - 4/2/2008
Introducing the Bamboo Panda Stand
Richmond, VA - Drytac proudly announces The Panda Stand - an attractive, earth-friendly alternative to
conventional display solutions. Primarily constructed of bamboo, the Panda Stand is the world's first
environmentally friendly retractable banner stand for the exhibit, display and graphics markets. The unit is made
from 90% renewable resources with a low impact agro-forestry product that offers a natural choice to the
increasing "green orientation" of business. The Panda Stand is the ideal portable display medium for trade
shows, public events, retail outlets, lobbies, gaming facilities, sports venues or any other display environment.
Drytac’s unique bamboo Panda Stand offers the same high performance attributes as other premium retractable
banner stands. Its precision-engineered retraction system makes it easy and quick to set up virtually anywhere -
simply unwind the graphic stored in the bamboo base and insert the support pole. Designed to maximize visual
impact, the Panda Stand’s eco-friendly style helps to emphasize your message while contributing to our
"greener planet. The highly durable banner stand rewinds back into the base within seconds and is easily
transported by one person.
As the fastest growing plant on Earth, bamboo is a viable replacement for wood and provides a critical
component in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Bamboo comprises the base
housing, support pole and top rail components of the new display unit.
The unit ships complete with a padded cotton carrying bag and is available in a 78.74 " (200 cm) h x 31.5 "
(80 cm) size format. The unit weighs only 11.5 lbs / 5.2 Kg lbs.
Drytac - 3/28/2008
Drytac Corporation Acquires Advanced Finishing Solutions
Richmond, VA - Drytac Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Advanced Finishing Solutions
(AFS), an OEM provider and distributor of aqueous/UV-curable coating machines and liquid coatings. This
strategic move will position Drytac to leverage the growing demand for liquid laminating among users of flatbed
inkjet printers, digital print-on-demand presses and photo printers, as well as operators of gicleé and fine art studios.
Advanced Finishing Solutions offers an extensive line of aqueous and UV coating equipment, with formats
ranging from 3.2 M (10.5 ft) down to models the size of a copy machine. The company markets its products
under such trade names as VERSA-Coater, PhotoMate, PressMate and DocuMate UV, Cyclone UV, AFC
Liquid Coaters, ENDURACoat and INSTACure liquid coatings.
As the world’s largest manufacturer of dry mounting tissues and Heatset® overlaminating films, Drytac is well
positioned to further increase the visibility of the AFS brand in North America, Europe and Asia. "The liquid
coater line enhances our position as a one stop post print finishing resource for the graphics and display
markets," says Marc Oosterhuis, President of the Drytac Group. "It will also allow us to expand into markets
such as screen printing and on-demand printing."
Jim Tatum, founder and former owner of AFS and graphics industry veteran, will continue to head up the liquid
products division for Drytac. "Drytac and AFS share a similar long term vision," says Tatum. "This move allows
us to maintain our current level of customer service as Drytac’s global infrastructure extends our geographic
reach." According to Tatum, existing AFS customers can expect continued seamless service, plus an
expanded product offering.
Drytac - 10/10/2007
Drytac Introduces New Magnetic Graphic Systems
Say goodbye to drilling holes and long installation times: Drytac’s new line of magnetic substrates, magnet-
receptive primers and printable magnet-compatible materials is the hot new trend in visual communications.
They may be used together to create an innovative changeable graphics environment or as individual
components in a wide range of display applications.
The new product line includes FerroCoat primer, which creates surfaces that receptive to magnets and
magnetic graphics. It is used to create Interactive showrooms on any wall surface, or in applications such as
trade show booths, conference rooms and murals.
Magnetic display surfaces can be fabricated anywhere with DisplayMag, a pressure-sensitive material with
white magnetic surface and FerroJet media graphics, a new printable media compatible with magnetic surfaces.
The result is a two-component display system that can be changed out whenever necessary. A number of
different scenarios are possible with Ferro-Jet based graphics, including bulletin boards, menus, POP displays
and changeable signs.
Along with the base components, Drytac has rolled out a number of support products, including two-sided
magnetic tiles and magnetic tape. Complete details on the new magnetic systems are available at drytac.com
Drytac - 5/15/2007
Drytac Adds Classic Durosheen Overlaminating Film to Protac Line
Richmond -- Drytac has announced Protac Durosheen, a pressure-sensitive, slightly textured PVC (Vinyl)
overlaminating film for graphics finishing. This high-performance 3.5 mil film maintains excellent color definition
due to its unique scratch-resistant, anti-glare surface. With a gloss level similar to that of an RC photograph,
Protac Durosheen is recommended for laminating photos, inkjet and litho prints, or virtually any other type of
graphic image that requires a classic finish. It is ideal for use in trade shops or other environments in which a
wide range of flexible media and substrates are processed. Durosheen is available in 51" and 54" roll widths.
The Protac Durosheen series is based on Durotech's popular overlaminating film of the same name. Durotech
was acquired by Drytac last year.
Drytac - 3/22/2007
Drytac Introduces New 63" Roller Laminator
As the newest addition to Drytac's JetMounter line, the JM 63 model is a heavy-duty, top heated roller laminator
capable of the full range of mounting, laminating, decaling and other graphics finishing processes.
This 63-in (1600mm) wide model features the following performance features:
Top heated roller up to 266°F (130°C), single-pressure set control, independent unwind brake, adjustable rewind
speed, roller pressure readout, auto grip shafts and paper in-feed guide. This laminator is also equipped with an
extra take-up shaft for rewinding decals. The JM 63 offers an enhanced 5.5 in. (140mm) roller diameter for easier
webbing. It is capable of mounting to substrates up to 2 in. (52mm) thick. The laminator will process at speeds
up to 20 feet / minute (6 meters / minute).
Drytac - 12/1/2006
Drytac's New Easy-To-Use Laminator Delivers Trouble-Free Encapsulation
For Pouch Potatoes
Richmond - Drytac has announced the new Pocket Gopher, a durable, steel-construction laminator that offers
the convenience of pouch laminating in a wide range of formats. For photographers, graphic designer and other
creative shops, the economical Pocket Gopher allows entry-level users to laminate photos, graphics and
documents up to 12" x 18" (305mm x 457mm) with no special training or skills. The subject material is simply
inserted into a clear laminating pouch and processed automatically through the heated rollers.
The Pocket Gopher processes laminating pouches in thicknesses up to 10 mil (250 micron) and can handle
graphics and documents from small ID format all the way to 13" wide. The Gopher is engineered with four rollers
to ensure even heat distribution, and also features variable temperature control, reverse mode, LED power and
ready indicator lights. It will laminate business cards, luggage tags, letters, and menu formats. It operates at
approximately 25" (650cm) per minute.
Drytac offers a wide range of laminating pouches in thicknesses from 3 mil to 10 mil, and in formats from
2-1/4" x 3-3/4" (57mm x 95mm) to 12" x 18" Pouch (305mm x 457mm).
Drytac - 11/8/2006
Drytac's New Blockout Adhesive Allows Re-use of Mounting Substrates
Richmond - Drytac has introduced a new mounting adhesive that saves money by allowing the reuse of mount
boards without adding significant thickness to the graphic. New BlackTac pressure-sensitive adhesive was
specifically engineered to mount new graphics over old graphics with no show through. This practice can
create significant savings when using more expensive mounting materials such as Sintra® and Gatorfoam®.
This innovative new finishing product consists of Drytac’s solvent acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive coated on
both sides of a white polypropylene carrier. The adhesive on the exposed side is semi-clear, while the reverse
side is a deep black light-blocking opaque. The opaque side blocks out the color from previously mounted images,
while the white side provides a bright backup for newly mounted graphics. The white surface actually intensifies
the colors of the newly mounted image.
BlackTac is available in 51" x 328’ (1300mm x100m) rolls.
Drytac - 10/16/2006
Reel E-Z Display Ceiling Graphics Suspension System Helps Retailers
Keep Employees' Feet On the Ground
Richmond - Drytac is pleased to announce the rollout of Reel E-Z Display, a revolutionary system for hanging
and changing out ceiling graphics without ladders, tools or screws. Compatible with standard T-Bar suspended
ceilings, Reel E-Z Display is a simple retractable hanging system that allows one employee to change signs from
floor level. Installation is virtually foolproof because Reel E-Z Display clamps right into the ceiling grid using an
easy-to-squeeze-open spring. According to Drytac, the process is so simple that signs are often changed out
during normal business hours.
The Reel E-Z Display system reduces safety risks and workman’s comp claims because the need for ladders
are eliminated. Furthermore, graphics are classified as non-permanent because no screws are used as fasteners.
Reel E-Z Display hardware hangs signs and graphics up to 2 lbs. with maximum drop distances of 15 feet*. The
unobtrusive neutral color and design of the unit blends in with the ceiling, putting the focus on the graphics.
Signs are self-leveling after changeout, with accurate height adjustment ensured by spaced, color-coded markings
on the retractable cords.
Drytac - 8/28/2006
Drytac's New "Dry-Apply" Re-positional Film Makes
Applying Graphics To Glass Easy
Richmond - Drytac has announced the rollout of WindowTacTM, a new re-positionable mounting adhesive
created for window display applications. Developed as a solution to the well known challenges of installing
graphics on windows, WindowTac allows anyone to hand apply prints to glass surfaces without wrinkles or
bubbles…and without the need for wetting solutions.
The key to the adhesive's re-positionability is the special textured release liner, which creates micro-channels
in the adhesive underneath. These grooves minimize the contact area between the adhesive and the window
surface, allowing the graphic to be accurately positioned and air bubbles removed without creating a permanent
bond. Once applied, optically clear WindowTac creates an invisible UV barrier which provides additional
protection against fading.
The new adhesive is available in standard 164 foot rolls (50m) in widths of 41" (1041mm) and 51" (1300mm).
Custom cut roll sizes are also available as special orders.
Drytac - 3/1/2006
New GrandStand Retractable Is A Grand Slam
SEATTLE, WA - Drytac Corp's Display Division has introduced the GrandStand, a stylish new retractable banner
stand offering solid display performance in a moderate price range. Designed for instant deployment anywhere,
the GrandStand stores graphics in the aluminum base of the unit; on site they unwind and attach instantly for
quick set-up and break-down. When the event is over, the graphic retracts into the bases, protecting the image
Fast Graphics Changeout
GrandStand's innovative quick-change feature allows for new and replacement graphics to be loaded and
installed in just minutes without the use of messy adhesives. Just mount the graphic onto the top and bottom
trim strips, slide them into the support grooves and re-insert the cartridge into the base.
Good Looking and Lightweight
With its stylish black or silver anodized aluminum finish, this streamlined model offers sleek contours that don't
distract from the message. The unit stands 86-1/4" (2200mm) and 33.5" (850 mm) or 39-3/8" (1000 mm) wide,
with a small footprint. Weighing in at only 8-13/16 lbs (3960 gm), the GrandStand is lightweight enough to carry
anywhere. The gray nylon carrying bag is included. A 50v display light is available as an option. The
GrandStand joins the company's existing line of retractable, non-retractable and specialty displays. Complete
specs are available at www.drytac.com/grandstand.asp.
Drytac - 1/4/2006
Three New Hires At Drytac
Drytac Corporation has announced the addition of three new regional sales managers to the company's North
American sales staff. The move is concurrent with a reconfiguration of sales territories, expected to improve
customer support in a number of key regions.
Patrick Lewis has been named the regional sales manager for the company’s West Coast region. Lewis was
a former outside sales rep for graphics art supplier Advantage Distribution and brings more than 18 years of
experience in the finishing and graphics industry. He will operate out of the Drytac’s Los Angeles, CA office.
Brian Rushing most recently owned his own sports photography studio, where he learned the ins and outs of
printing and finishing technology. He will be responsible for the sales and customer support in Washington
DC, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York City, and parts of Pennsylvania.
Corey Milligan worked for his family sign supply business for eight years until it changed ownership. That
experience provided Milligan with hands-on experience in the fundamentals of the visual communications
business. Immediately prior to joining Drytac, Milligan was a national distributor for plastic substrates. Milligan
will be responsible for North Carolina and Virginia.